The International Arctic Science Committee(IASC) is now soliciting applications to be the next Cryosphere Working Group Secretary. Read on and please consider applying and/or sending the information below to anybody you think would make a strong contribution to the IASC Working Groups.
Being an IASC Working Group Secretary provides a unique experience to support and gain insight into international and interdisciplinary science cooperation, as well as a leg up in building an international Arctic research network. We hope that applicants will see this as a unique professional development opportunity.
Duties for the Working Group Secretary include preparation and secretarial support for the CWG meetings, tracking of activities’ deliverables, and communication with the Working Group and the central Secretariat during the year. In terms of time, the commitment averages a couple of hours per week, more time during the preparation of the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) but less time, for example, during the summer. Please note that attendance at the IASC business meetings during ASSWs is a requirement. The next two ASSWs are 26 March – 1 April 2022, Tromsø, Norway and 17 - 24 February 2023 Vienna, Austria.
Seen as professional development, the WG Secretary is an unpaid position (although we expect a candidate‘s supervisor to support their participation in this role). However, IASC will pay for travel costs to attend WG meetings at ASSW or, if necessary, in conjunction with other meetings. IASC also covers the costs for WG conference calls and other collaboration tools.
IASC WG Secretaries are required to have strong English-language skills and basic technical proficiency and be located at an institution in an IASC member country. A WG Secretary is expected to serve for at least two years but is encouraged to stay on for longer given successful performance.