Senior Researcher, Dual-use and Arms Trade Controls Programme

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Location
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

SIPRI is an independent international institute whose core mission is to undertake research and activities on security, conflict and peace. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI provides excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development and is an equal opportunity employer.

SIPRI’s research agenda has long focused on issues relating dual-use and arms trade controls. SIPRI’s work on dual-use and arms trade controls seeks to raise the quality of information available on national, multilateral and international export control systems and standards as well as promoting further improvements in all of these areas. This involves producing research and publications, developing tools and concepts, conducting seminars and other awareness-raising activities, and carrying out capacity-building efforts. 

Recent projects have involved building state capacity in areas relevant to Arms Trade Treaty implementation, reviewing measures for strengthening dual-use items and arms trade controls, examining the impact of rapidly advancing technologies on this field, and providing expertise to a range of states. More information is available here.

Main tasks

SIPRI seeks a Senior Researcher with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the Institute’s research and capacity-building activities in the area of dual-use and arms trade control.

The successful candidate must have: 

  • demonstrated project management skills; 
  • a track record in working with governments and international organizations;
  • involvement in capacity-building and advisory activities; 
  • a detailed understanding of national, regional and international policy debates and processes in the field of dual-use and arms trade controls; and
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team in an international environment.


  • Conducting research on key issues and challenges related to dual-use and arms trade controls and contributing to an innovative and policy-relevant research agenda;
  • Both leading and participating in capacity-building activities in the area of dual-use and arms trade controls;
  • Producing high-quality publications on issues relating to dual-use and arms trade controls;
  • Representing the Programme in meetings, conferences and other relevant forums;
  • Contributing to SIPRI’s publishing activities, including the SIPRI Yearbook;
  • Networking with key donors, policy makers and media to disseminate the Programme’s research and policy findings; 
  • Preparing well presented, effectively argued and properly budgeted research proposals to secure funding;
  • Managing and mentoring line staff, including performance reviews and objectives monitoring;
  • Ensuing effective financial management, budgeting and oversight for project budgets; and
  • Taking part in the collective life of the Institute.

Contract period

The appointment will be for two years initially and is renewable. The post is full-time and the successful applicant will be expected to reside in Stockholm. The salary package will be negotiated individually.



  • A university degree or degrees, in disciplines and topics relevant to this post, at Master or Doctoral level, or publications to Doctoral degree standard;
  • At least five years of professional experience in the field of arms or dual-use trade control as a researcher, analyst or policymaker;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Excellent communication skills; 
  • Some experience in dealing with the media; and
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken (although knowledge of Swedish is not required additional languages will be seen as an advantage). 

Application instructions

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