Senior Researcher m/w


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Senior Researcher, Laxenburg/Vienna

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About Us

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an intergovernmental organization with a global constituency as well as an institution of post-secondary education recognized in line with the (EUs) Bologna process [1], headquartered in Laxenburg/Vienna. We are a pioneering institution that aims to overcome shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption and compliance, functioning as a centre of excellence in education, training, networking, and cooperation, as well as academic research.

For detailed information on us, please refer to our website at

IACA is committed to the principles of equal opportunities, non-discrimination, gender balance, and geographical distribution, and upholds its Guiding Principles. We seek to attract the best qualified and most dedicated workforce meeting the highest standards of professional ability, personal integrity, and social competence, and offer fair and competitive international employment terms and conditions.

Vacant Post, Type, and Duration of Appointment

The Job Description on the next pages contains the job title, classification of the vacant post, and the job profile, including the responsibilities, education, skills, and professional experience required. IACA offers a fixed-term appointment for the duration of two years, with a probationary period of four months. Under certain conditions, this fixed-term appointment may be extended or renewed by IACA. For detailed information, please consult the Staff Rules of the International Anti-Corruption Academy.


As an international civil servant, the incumbent will be entitled to an all-inclusive annual salary of 79,570 EUR. An adjusted dependency benefit will be given to staff members with at least one child.

Alternatively, the position is also open for secondments by states, international organizations, and other relevant institutions.


If you meet the requirements outlined in the Job Description on the next page, adhere to our goals and Guiding Principles, want to be part of our young and dynamic team, and feel inspired to contribute to new areas of professional engagement, please send a concise Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to [](, clearly stating the Vacancy Notice number in the subject-line no later than 30 June 2020 (UTC+2). Please include your contact details as well as the names and contact details of three references in your Curriculum Vitae.

Full bibliographic details of publications must also be provided; each including the names of all authors (in the order they appear), the title of the article/chapter/book and where it appears, the publisher, and the year of publication. In the cover letter, particular reference should be made to your past research work and future research plans in the field of study of corruption, anti-corruption compliance, collective action, as well as your teaching experience to date. You should also indicate the capacity in which your referees have gained knowledge of your work. Any personal relationships with, or potential conflicts of interest in relation to the referees must be clearly acknowledged. You should contact all three of your referees before applying to ensure they are aware of your application and of the requirements for the post. Please note that the referees may be asked to provide a written reference for you.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. This interview may be conducted in person or via IP-telephony/video-conference software. Candidates who choose to come to the IACA campus in person for an interview are responsible for covering their own travel expenses.

IACAs selection is final and not subject to review.

Job Description - Senior Researcher in the field of study of corruption, anti-corruption compliance, collective action, and related fields like anti-money laundering, asset recovery or international laws to fight corruption in all forms


This Job Description illustrates the job profile, including the responsibilities, skills, education, and professional experience required for the Senior Researcher classified as AC 6 in the Academic Branch of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).


Within IACAs organizational structure and following its international, interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, integrative, and sustainable approach, the Senior Researcher substantially contributes to the unit for research and education. This unit acts as an international vanguard for innovative education and research in this field. To this end, the incumbent researches and teaches various topics relevant to corruption, anti-corruption compliance, collective action, in both public and private sectors. He/she coordinates and cooperates with team members on given programmes and activities. The Senior Researcher reports to the Dean/Deputy Dean and/or other senior management as needed.

The incumbents place of employment is the IACA campus, in a multinational environment. He/she may also be required to spend time at IACAs other offices or those of partners, contractors, or other third parties, in Austria or abroad. He/she may also be tasked to go on official missions abroad, as work requires, and thus must hold valid national travel documents.

He/she is required to undertake research and lecturing, engage in and coordinate projects and activities assigned to him/her by his/her superiors.

Duties and Responsibilities

He/she is particularly responsible for researching, individually as well as in cooperation with the unit, on the topics relevant to corruption, anti-corruption compliance, collective action, in both public and private sectors. In this context, the incumbent monitors and analyzes global compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption standards, developments and trends, writes research papers, working papers, newsletters, peer reviews articles and research papers.

He/she also lectures in IACAs academic and training programmes and activities, whether in person or in online format. The incumbent works on planning issues and the development of proposals for potential academic and training programmes, activities, and research projects. He/she develops, implements, coordinates, and supervises these proposals under the guidance of the Dean/Deputy Dean and ensures that the administrative, logistical, and infrastructural framework is prepared in this respect. He/she is responsible for safeguarding proper and reliable knowledge management with regard to the tasks of his/her team, and for coordinating and cooperating with internal and external partners for the programmes and activities he/she is in charge of. He/she also compiles and submits necessary reports to the Dean, Deputy Dean and other senior management and advises them on related policy issues.

Furthermore, he/she supports the training and guidance of, e.g., interns, advising them on subject matter issues as well as on workflow, administrative practices, and procedures. He/she contributes to the development and maintenance of the IACAs distinctive character as a centre of excellence in the field of anti-corruption training, education, and research. In line with IACAs team spirit, he/she occasionally works on other tasks given by his/her superiors not related to his/her appointment, but where his/her work, experience, and skills are an asset and/or the immediate shortage of personnel capabilities so require.

The main duties of the post are as follows:

  • to undertake research leading to influential publications and substantial contributions in the fields of corruption, anti-corruption compliance, collective action, in both public and private sector, by inter alia - developing research questions, setting research methodology, analysing detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, and generating original ideas,
  • to develop and implement new research methods and materials to support innovative approaches,
  • to regularly write research articles at an international level for peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and reviews, and to present papers at international conferences and seminars,
  • to establish a network of international researchers and connect them to those who require research-based advices and recommendation, research papers to support policy making, whether in public or private sector,
  • to substantially support the development and implementation of IACAs academic programmes, training and other activities such as workshops, seminars, and panel discussions,
  • to contribute to the design and delivery of IACAs online education programmes,
  • to engage in policy analysis and provide advice on anti-corruption compliance, collective action, in both public and private sector,
  • to obtain research funding and explore opportunities for future funding and projects,
  • to undertake administrative duties as required,
  • to agree clear task objectives, to organise, and delegate work to other members of the team and coach other members of the unit on specialist methods or approaches,
  • to participate in and contribute to IACAs overall development.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged against the criteria set out below. Applicants should ensure that their application clearly demonstrates how they believe that their skills and experience meet these criteria.

The incumbent has

  • a proven potential and willingness to undertake original research of significance to the field anti-corruption, compliance and collective action and to attract research funding in these areas,

  • a sound publication record in refereed journals commensurate with his/her career to date, including at least one scholarly article on a topic of compliance or anti-corruption,

  • a proven record of effective and inspirational teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels,

  • sound knowledge of international academic standards and frameworks, such as the Bologna Process,

  • creativity and a good sense for producing innovative ideas and concepts, - Excellent written and oral communication skills in English,

  • profound analytical skills and is an effective problem solver,

  • strong dedication to contribute to the long-term development of academic programmes and research projects at IACA,

  • a proven ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to academic and non-academic audiences,

  • a proven ability and dedication to work independently and within a multinational environment in a team with people of different professional and cultural backgrounds,

  • ability and dedication to co-develop and shape new areas for professional engagement,

  • a proven ability to work well under pressure, adapt to challenging and changing environments, and meet deadlines,

  • a proven ability to handle contemporary computer software (MS Office),

  • ability and readiness to travel and represent IACA abroad in bi- and multilateral environments,

  • ability and commitment to adapt to and foster IACAs dual nature as an intergovernmental organization and academic institution.

Educational requirements

The Senior Researcher holds a Doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent qualification) in Social Sciences, Economics, Finance, (Business) Ethics, (Business/International) Law, Management, or other relevant law and/or social science field. Preference will be given to someone with a previous experience in research and teaching on ethics, anti-corruption compliance or collective action. Additional (academic) qualifications in a job-related field, additional languages, as well as periods of researching and/or teaching abroad or in an international environment are considered a strong asset.

Professional Experience

At least seven (7) years of scholarly experience in the fields of Compliance, Public Policy, Economics, Finance, (Business) Ethics, (Business/International) Law, Management, or other relevant law or social sciences field. In addition, professional experience in anti-corruption and compliance gained in related professions, and work experience gained abroad or in multinational environments, in particular with multinational enterprises or relevant international organizations or international financial institutions, are considered a strong asset.


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