Executive Secretary, International Arctic Science Committee

  • Nordurskautsmynd-augl-2019

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) seeks an Executive Secretary full time to direct the IASC Secretariat, to guide IASC activities and to manage IASC finances.

The IASC Executive Secretary reports to the annual meetings of the IASC Council and on a day-to-day basis (and biannual meetings) to the IASC Executive Committee, operating as a Board of Directors. Functions include guiding and overseeing IASC´s activities, representing the organization on international committees and at international meetings, facilitating the planning and organization of the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) and other international conferences, directing IASC´s communications, managing IASC´s finances and heading the IASC Secretariat, including the dispersed secretariat.


  • Extensive knowledge of international Arctic research
  • Broad experience in cooperative, international scientific programs or activities
  • Considerable insight into Arctic problems and policy issues
  • Relevant science management and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated experience in international and intercultural understanding
  • Excellent communication skills and a high level of computer literacy (Office 365, Joomla! and HTML)
  • Excellent proficiency in English        

The Executive Secretary will be required to live in Akureyri and also to undertake significant overseas travel and must be able to do so.

Further information is available by contacting Dr. Allen Pope, current IASC Executive Secretary or Dr. Thorsteinn Gunnarsson.

The application deadline is 24. January 2020 at 23:59 GMT. 

The Executive Secretary will serve on a contract through December 2021, with expected extension through December 2026. The Executive Secretary will be appointed, employed and paid by Rannís in accordance with Icelandic law and Rannís' rules of procedure. Appointment will be based on the recommendation from the hiring committee composed of two members from IASC and two from Rannís.

Applications may be valid for six months from the deadline, cf. regulations No. 464/1996 on advertising for vacancies in the public sector. All applications will be answered when a decision has been taken on the recruitment.

Rannís operates according to an equal opportunity policy. Wages are paid according to the relevant collective agreement with the Ministry of Finance.

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IASC is the leading non-governmental, international science organization of the North and its membership includes national science organizations from 23 countries involved in Arctic research. IASC is an associate member of the International Science Council (ISC), participates as an Observer of the Arctic Council, and works in association with several other international polar and global research programs and organizations, including the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

IASC encourages and facilitates cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge, interdisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system. For more information on IASC´s activities please see the IASC website: www.iasc.info.

Since 2017, the IASC Secretariat has been hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) in Akureyri, Iceland, which calles for a cooperation between those two parties. Representing Iceland within IASC, Rannís is a governmental organization which supports research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland and coordinates and promotes Icelandic participation in international programs in these fields. The IASC Secretariat in Iceland comprises the Executive Secretary, Executive Officer, and Communications Manager. Additional IASC Secretaries are currently located in Germany, Iceland, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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