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Apply for the 2021/2022 IFA Research Associate Position

Published: 23rd December 2020 Last updated: 07th January 2021

The Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) has established a Programme Working Group to assist the PSC in selecting Congress Subjects and Seminar topics. The position is for a period of six months, and depending the developments of the pandemic, the position might be on a virtual basis.

The remuneration for the position depends on the individual's qualifications and the period during which he or she will be able to work. In addition, the expenses of attending the annual IFA Congress and the meeting of the PSC in January/February 2022, will be covered. In view of the continuing uncertainty due to the worldwide health situation, full and concrete details also with a view to its congress format for the 2021 Congress will follow at a later stage once more is known on future developments and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ideally, the candidate would have not only an academic background in tax law/tax economics but would have a special interest in international taxation apparent from publications or other work; in addition, the candidate would have had some work experience. Further, the candidate should have a working knowledge of English, and one or (preferably) two other languages. In case of equal suitability, the preference will be given to a candidate of less than 30 years old.

Working as a Research Associate

The basic job of the Research Associate is to investigate and develop topics that have been suggested as possible Congress or Seminar subjects, as well as to come up with independent suggestions for topics. A bibliography would be developed for each topic.

Working from the bibliography, the Research Associate would prepare a thorough analysis of the topic concerned, including identification of aspects which may be interesting to discuss in the specific context of the yearly IFA Congresses. This procedure would allow the Programme Working Group both to evaluate particular topics or aspects of topics which could usefully be investigated further and also to identify persons working in various countries on the topics who would be potential panel or seminar participants. Throughout the process, the Research Associate would be supervised in day-to-day work by a senior technical staff member from the Bureau, while the overall responsibility is with the Chair of the Permanent Scientific Committee.

The position should be attractive to persons interested in the international fiscal area in the early stages of their tax career. It provides a chance to work in a supervised fashion with experts and gives an opportunity for substantial contact with members of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA. In the past IFA has had Researchers from Albania, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Turkey and all have found it a useful experience.


If you are interested in this position, you can send a presentation letter accompanied by an appropriate Curriculum Vitae and a list of 3 referees, indicating the names and contact details of the referees to whom the members of the Programme Working Group could turn to if additional information is required:

International Fiscal Association
Secretary General
World Trade Center


(P.O. Box 30215; 3001 DE Rotterdam/The Netherlands)

The selection for a candidate for the next term will be made in early February 2021, so it would be useful to have the applications as soon as possible and, in any event, before 1 February 2021.