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Vacancy for the post of ICES Science Committee Chair

ICES seeks applications for a full-time Chair of the Science Committee (SCICOM). The post will be stationed at ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen.
Published: 29 August 2016

​​The ideal candidate will lead and develop ICES Science, and motivate the international scientific network to achieve the goals of the ICES Strategic Plan.

The Chair will interact with a multifaceted international organization, and work across all parts of the organization, including the scientific expert groups, the Advisory Committee (ACOM), the Data and Information Group, and the Secretariat.

Responsibilities of the Chair

The Chair will work to strengthen ICES role and impact as a knowledge provider, based on engagement with the ICES community and partner organizations. The Chair will develop the strategic vision for ICES science and contribute towards realizing the goals of the organization, and will take a leading role in the next ICES Strategic Planning cycle; 2019–2023.

The Chair will also need to ensure further integration of ICES science into the ICES advisory processes, with the aim of enhancing the contribution to integrated advice. This includes engaging with stakeholders and promoting ICES science and services to a broad audience.

The Chair will lead the work of SCICOM, a committee of 20 national scientific representatives, and a large expert network that constitutes the basis for conducting the scientific work.

Required qualifications and experience

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an internationally recognized and respected scholar within marine science
  • Be visionary and able to develop the scientific focus areas of the organization
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, including the ability to engage and motivate a large voluntary network of expert groups
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between science and advisory processes
  • Possess collaborative skills with an ability to work with people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds
  • Be ready to travel, and be able to work flexibly to meet the organization's needs
  • Be fluent in both spoken and written English

Recruitment procedure

All applications will be reviewed by a recruitment panel with representatives from all parts of the organization. A short-list will be developed based on how well applicants match the qualifications listed above and those selected for interviews will be contacted. The process will follow the expected timeline:

Vacancy announcement: May, 2016, deadline 26 August, 2016
Applications reviewed, shortlisting: September 2016
Interviews: 12-13 October 2016
ICES Council approval: October 2016
Start date: January 2017

Terms of appointment

The appointment will be for a period of three years, with possibility for a three year extension. The position will be based in the ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen. The SCICOM Chair will report to Bureau (executive board), and Council (governing board), comprising representatives from all ICES Member Countries.

The honorarium for the full-time post is exempt from Danish income tax and is based on, but not identical with, P5, V of the UN Staff scale. ICES will assist with relocation costs. The Chair will be entitled to the benefits and immunities accorded to officials of the organization as outlined in the Host Agreement. The Chair is independent from the Secretariat and is, therefore, expected to make the appropriate arrangements for pension and insurance.

Copenhagen is a multicultural city with many English speaking workplaces, offering opportunities for accompanying family members.

While this is a full-time position, ICES is willing to consider the possibility for potential applicants to retain a certain level of activities (extent/duration to be further discussed and defined) of specific relevance for SCICOM and ICES. Any activity retained will need to avoid conflict of interest and allow potential candidates to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with ICES standards of scientific independence, integrity, and impartiality.



Applications should be submitted by e-mail to no later than 26 August 2016. Please write "SCICOM Chair" on the subject line.

Additional information can be obtained from Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary.

ICES is an equal opportunity organization committed to inclusion and diversity.

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