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Job advertisement INQUA Secretary Position

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INQUA Secretary Position

INQUA Secretary Position

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Eötvös Loránd University

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) – in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations – is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its inception in 1635. As top-ranked university in Hungary, it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants as well as alma mater of five Nobel laureates and leading figures in technology, public policy, and culture in Hungary.


Budapest, Hungary


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

Part time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

1 December 2021

Job description

INQUA, the International Union for Quaternary Research (, has a basic goal to promote improved communication and international collaboration in experimental and applied aspects of Quaternary research in order to contribute, in practical ways, to an evaluation of the scale and rates of global environmental changes during the recent geological past. It is achieved mainly through the activities of its commissions and committees.

A part time (20-30 hours/week) secretary position, financed by the International Union of Quaternary Research (INQUA), is available for two years (01.01.2022 – 31.12.2023) at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. As a secretary the appointee will assume the duty of clerical and administrative support in order to optimise workflow procedures. He/she will assist the Executive Board of INQUA by supporting colleagues with planning and distributing information.
INQUA Secretary responsibilities will include:

  • Collection of information for the monthly newsletter.
  • distribution of the monthly newsletter.
  • creation and maintenance of the centralised database of individual researchers (those who receive the INQUA newsletter).
  • operation in close contact and consultation with INQUA Executive Board (EB) members.
  • replying to, or forwarding the emails sent to the account to other EB members.
  • developing strong global networks with both the academic and non-academic environmental and climate change communities.
  • managing the daily/weekly/monthly agenda, arranging meetings and appointments.
  • preparing and disseminating correspondence, memos and forms.


  • Proven scientific experience in the field of Quaternary Research.
  • Familiarity with office organisation and optimisation techniques.
  • A high degree of multi-tasking and time-management capability.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Integrity and professionalism.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • A Master’s Degree (or equivalent qualification) in any scientific field related to Quaternary Research.

As noted above, the position will be hosted by the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. The salary grade will be based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement, applicable to Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. The provisions of Law XXXIII of 1992 on the Legal Status of Civil Servants will apply to determine the salaries and benefits, the appointee will receive.

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

  • a resumé and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • your CV
  • a record of former employment
  • the names and contact details of two individuals who have agreed – upon request — to submit letters of recommendation on the applicant’s behalf.
  • a brief discussion (<500 words) on what you consider to be the most pressing environmental grand challenge currently facing society and how Quaternary Research can contribute to widening society’s awareness of past climate changes and their associated environmental impact.

Applications should be sent to by 15th December, 2021.