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ICES | Copenhagen, Denmark | Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

Vacancy: ICES Science Committee Chair

Applications are invited for the post of ICES Science Committee Chair based at ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.
​The Science Committee Chair will lead and develop ICES Science, motivate the international scientific network to achieve the goals of ICES Strategic and Science​​​ plans, and promote ICES role as a knowledge provider in the North Atlantic and beyond.
The Chair will interact with a multifaceted international organization, and work across all parts of the organization, including the scientific expert groups, the Council, Bureau, Advisory Committee, 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 ICES community and partner organizations. The Chair shall follow-up and ensure the implementation of the strategic vision for ICES Science and contribute towards realizing the goals of the organization.

The Chair will also need to ensure further integration of ICES science into 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 and motivate the Science Committee (SCICOM), working alongside Steering Group Chairs. The committee comprises 20 national scientific representatives, and a large expert network that constitutes the basis for conducting the scientific work.

The Chair shall work to engage and involve ICES community in international processes, aiming to share our knowledge and contribute to the advancement of the scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as representing ICES at relevant scientific events.​

Working relations with other parts of the organization

The Chair is independent from the Secretariat, and will report to Bureau (executive board), and Council (Governing board), comprising representatives from all ICES Member Countries.

​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.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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 below:

  • Vacancy announcement: October 2019
  • Application deadline: 16 December 2019
  • Applications reviewed, shortlisting: Beginning January 2020
  • Recruitment process/interviews: January 2020
  • Start date: February 2020 (or asap, preferably at the latest April 2020) ​

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 ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen.

The honorarium for the full-time post is exempt from Danish income tax and is based on, but not identical with, P5, step V of the UN Staff scale, which will be annually inflation regulated and with an annual incremental increase. ICES will assist with relocation costs, and both the chair and any accompanying family members will have access to health care and child/dependent's benefits (where relevant). The Chair will be entitled to the benefits and immunities accorded to officials of the organization as outlined in the Host Agreement. Furthermore, the Chair will be able to join the Secretariat staff's pension scheme.

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


Applications should be submitted by e-mail to: no later than 16 December 2019. Please mark your application SCICOM Chair, and include a letter of motivation, and curriculum vitae.

Additional information can be obtained from Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary. Information about ICES is available at

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

About ICES

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is a global organization that develops science, advice, and related data products to support the sustainable use of the oceans. ICES is a network of more than 5000 scientists from over 700 marine institutes in 20 member countries and beyond. 1500 scientists participate in ICES activities annually.​