Our Fellows conduct independent research or work collaboratively with researchers within one of our active Labs.


  • Your responsibilities will include contributing substantively to the research work and outputs of UNU-CS by conducting desk and field research, and social and computing scientific scholarship as appropriate to specific research tasks.
  • You will be working under the direct supervision of the Director of UNU-CS, Dr. Michael Best.
  • You will identify, compile and undertake reviews of published and unpublished documents.
  • You will be expected to prepare drafts and final reports of your research activities for publication. You will also need to disseminate these research publications locally and internationally in a variety of forms, as agreed with the Director.
  • Part of your responsibilities will include attending meetings and discussions with key people related to the research projects and activities.
  • You will be expected to produce policy impact through dissemination of key scholarly findings to appropriate stakeholders, as agreed with the Director.
  • Your responsibilities will include collaborating on project planning and project administration, assuming responsibility for the administrative requirements relating to your research activities. Your duties will also include planning, coordinating and evaluating the effectiveness of workshops and other activities.
  • You may need to assist in organizing capacity building activities, workshops and conferences related to the work of UNU-CS.
  • Part of your responsibilities will likely include supervision of the Institute’s postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates, as required.
  • You will need to carry out these responsibilities while residing full-time in Macau SAR China for the duration of your contract. Some international travel may be required.
  • Your work will also include assisting the Director in liaising with potential donors and collaborators. For this purpose, you will need to be proactive in mobilizing external funding for your research activities that fall within the scope of UNU-CS research programmes, as agreed with the Director.


For Research Fellow positions, you need to possess:

  • A PhD degree;
  • Or a Master’s degree with at least three years directly relevant working experience. Demonstrated research promise.

For Principal Research Fellow positions, you need:

  • A PhD degree, or terminal advanced degree, and at least five years directly relevant research work experience. You will also need to have a sound record of scholarly publications.

Both positions also require:

  1. Proficiency with modern computer programming and analysis environments.
  2. Skills in relevant social and/or computing scientific disciplines.
  3. Familiarity with interdisciplinary research methodologies and conceptual frameworks.
  4. Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English.
  5. Willingness to work in a dynamic start-up environment and to help build a leading global research institute.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills, sensitivity and respect for diversity to facilitate working in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment.
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