International AIDS Society Switzerland Vacancy 2021 JIAS Graduate Assistant

Country: Switzerland
Organization: International AIDS Society
Closing date: 17 Dec 2021

About the IAS:

IAS – the International AIDS Society – leads collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority and convening power. Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in more than 170 countries. Working with its members, the IAS advocates and drives urgent action to reduce the impact of HIV. The IAS is also the steward of the world’s most prestigious HIV conferences: the International AIDS Conference, the IAS Conference on HIV Science, and the HIV Research for Prevention Conference.

The IAS promotes and invests in HIV advocacy and research on key issue areas through our strategic programmes, initiatives, and campaigns that advocate for urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV, including increased investment in HIV cure research; optimizing treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents with HIV in resource-limited settings; preventing and treating HIV-related co-infections; and expanding access to prevention, treatment and care for key populations vulnerable to HIV acquisition – such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – including protecting their human rights by combatting punitive laws and discriminatory policies.

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Details of Employment:

The JIAS Graduate Assistant will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the JIAS Managing Editor. The position is full-time and fixed-term, to start as soon as possible until end of July 2022.

This position is intended for recent graduates and paid at the Geneva minimum wage.

Purpose of the Position:

With an impact factor of 5.396, the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal serving the dissemination of essential and innovative HIV-related research. JIAS welcomes submissions on HIV-related topics from across all scientific disciplines, including but not limited to:

o Basic and biomedical sciences

o Behavioural sciences and epidemiology

o Clinical sciences

o Health economics and health policy

o Operations research and implementation sciences

o Social sciences and humanities

JIAS prioritizes submissions from operational research and implementation science as publication of such material can provide valuable information on various algorithms for monitoring and providing support for comprehensive, yet affordable and sustainable treatment, prevention and care programmes in different contexts.

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The JIAS Graduate Assistant will assist the overall mission of the journal to provide a platform for HIV researchers, including less-experienced authors and those from low- and middle-income countries, to disseminate their research findings. The incumbent will support the coordination of the review pipeline as well as of the development of special issues. During the employment, the incumbent will learn about academic publication, peer-review processes, and how to address ethical issues in scientific writing.

Main Responsibilities:

o Supporting the editorial workflow, for example by helping to coordinate and expedite the online peer review process

o Providing administrative, logistic and clerical support as needed, for example by maintaining the journals electronic file system and database

o Supporting the coordination of special issues by maintaining timelines and helping facilitate agreements with external partners

o Promoting the journal using social media and other communication channels.

Perform any additional tasks requested by the JIAS Managing Editor.

Academic Qualifications:

· Recently graduated in a scientific discipline is required.

Work Experience:

· One year of general office/work experience

· Experiences in scientific or academic writing are desired

· Experience in desk literature research is desired

· Professional experience in editorial work and publishing would be advantageous

· Understanding of current issues in HIV science and policy would be advantageous.


· Meticulous attention to detail

· Excellent writing and editing skills

· Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to track multiple projects or activities and work effectively to external and internal deadlines

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment

· Excellent computer skills in the Windows environment (particularly Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

· Proficiency in searching and extracting information from scientific literature databases (e.g. PubMed) a plus.


· Excellent command of written and oral English.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, to on a rolling basis. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Only candidates from Switzerland, from an EU/EFTA country or candidates already having a valid Swiss working permit to work full-time will be considered. Candidates shall mention on their CV their work authorization in Switzerland.

IAS employees are evidence-based, human rights-focused, inclusive and accountable partners in the HIV response. Candidates should display genuine commitment to IAS values (learn more here).

The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.