For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full breadth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.
UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing issues in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources that are of concern to the United Nations and its Member States – particularly in developing and emerging economies. Based in Dresden, Germany, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, postgraduate teaching, advanced training, and knowledge dissemination to advance the Resource Nexus.
To play a vital role in establishing interdisciplinary research programmes and building an innovative research culture across UNU. This open topic position is designed to strengthen the nexus approach of integrated and sustainable management of environmental resources championed by UNU-FLORES.
The selected candidate will play a key role in delivering UNU’s grant generation goals through the development of a significant network of support and partnerships.
The selected candidate will also have the opportunity of being co-opted as Honorary Professor at the Technische Universitaet Dresden (TU Dresden), for up to five years in their field of study, provided that the formal requirements for such status as determined by the relevant faculty at TU Dresden are fulfilled.
Under the overall authority and direct supervision of the Director of UNU-FLORES, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:
UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.
UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment and an internationally recruited post. The initial appointment will be for a period of one (1) year with the possibility of renewal in accordance with the UN Staff Rules and Regulations and the UNU Personnel Policy. The combined duration of fixed-term appointments shall not exceed six (6) years.
Please note that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by national authorities, the selected candidate may be required to start the appointment remotely until further notice.
We offer a competitive (tax-exempted) net salary at the P3 level commensurate to the level of experience and allowances, including post adjustment. Post adjustment is subject to change.
The post carries the standard set of UN entitlements/benefits, including participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, the possibility of participation in a health insurance programme, education grant for eligible children, removal expenses and home leave. For more information, please visit:
The Rector reserves the right to appoint a suitable candidate at a lower category.
This position carries an annual leave entitlement of 2.5 working days per month (a total of 30 days of paid annual leave), and private health insurance coverage.
Starting Date: As soon as possible.
Interested applicants should submit their application and all required documents listed below online through Impactpool:
Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications that are incomplete or received after the closing date will not be considered.
The selection process may include various tests/assessments and/or interviews via video conference.
The United Nations University does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training, visa, or other fees). UNU will never ask for an applicant's bank information as part of a recruitment process.