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Global Young Academy seeks Project Officer

Global Young Academy <1y Entry Level  Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland 22 Jun 2016


The Global Young Academy (GYA), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina are looking for a

Project Officer

(50 %, EG 13, maternity cover/Mutterschutzvertretung)

in the Global Young Academy (GYA) Office currently hosted at the BBAW in Berlin, Germany. The position is available from midy July 2016 to 31 December 2016 with a fixed-term contract for maternity cover and the possibility to be expanded and/or extended in 2017, then based in Halle/Saale at the Leopoldina.

The Global Young Academy (GYA) was founded in 2010 with the vision to be the voice of young scientists around the world. The GYA empowers early-career researchers to lead international and interdisciplinary initiatives and projects, and to engage in intergenerational dialogue by developing and mobilizing talent from six continents. Its purpose is to promote reason and inclusiveness in global decision-making. Members are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in academic achievement and commitment to service. The GYA has 200 members selected for 5 year terms and a growing network of alumni from around the world and across the disciplines. The academy is currently hosted at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) until the end of 2016 and will be hosted at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina from January 2017 (pending funding). The GYA is receiving core-funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP). The GYA has also benefited from project funding from a variety of other donors and partners.

The Project Officer is responsible for managing the GYA membership activities, projects, working groups and events. Together with the voluntary Theme Coordinators from the GYA membership she or he facilitates coordination and interaction in and among the various GYA Themes, working groups, projects and other activities; answers their needs and concerns; follows up on their progress; gives feedback and presents new opportunities for engagement. The project officer also manages the financial support for the membership activities. She or he is also a facilitator for the growing number of national young academies and for their cooperation. In addition, she or he coordinates the organization of major GYA events, including the Annual General Meeting, usually held in May alternating between developing and developed countries. The working language of the GYA as well as of all its publications is English; communication with the German hosts and donors is in German. The GYA offers a vibrant international and intercultural environment with committed early-career researchers working across disciplines and continents and the opportunity to build and support high-level networks.

Tasks include among others

  • Support for projects and activities of the GYA members, including administrative and organizational support, coordination, fundraising, proposal writing and organization of meetings and events, small-scale scientific support
  • Monitoring of progress of GYA activities and reporting
  • Management of the internal financial support for the working groups and projects
  • Organization of local, regional and global events, often in cooperation with other international or national institutions
  • Support for the international young academy movement
  • The preparation, organizations and documentation of the Annual General Assembly meeting of the GYA General support of the GYA Office.


  • Academic qualification, at least with a master’s degree
  • At least 3 years of relevant job experience, ideally in science management and or international cooperation
  • Fluent command of English and German
  • Proven experience with financial management
  • Teamwork abilities and experience
  • Intercultural competence and experience
  • Ideally experience in working with voluntary members
  • Readiness to travel internationally

The payment will be based on E13 (Angleichungs-TV Land Berlin). The contract will be limited to a term congruent with the current core-funding of the GYA (ending on 31 December 2016) and serves to support and cover for a colleague on maternity leave. There might be a possibility for expansion to more time. Pending future funding there might be a possibility for continuing to work with the GYA at the Leopoldina in Halle/Saale on a separate contract from January 2017.
The GYA is an equal opportunities employer with commitment to a diverse workforce.

Applicants should submit a detailed cover letter, outlining their motivation as well as relevant professional experi- ence, recommendation letters (or equivalent, such as an Arbeitszeugnis with translation into English) from at least the last 2 employers, a curriculum vitae and copies of degree certificates.

Applications should be submitted in English and sent via email to: 

The deadline for applications is 3 July 2016.

Interviews will be held on 12 July 2016 in Berlin.

Please feel free to contact the GYA Managing Director for more information at, tel:+49-30-20370 631.

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