The IFA Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) has established a Programme Working Group to assist the PSC in selecting Congress Subjects and Seminar topics. The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) has kindly agreed to provide scientific and logistical support which will allow the Programme Working Group to engage annually a young researcher who will provide technical assistance in the development of background material on possible subjects and topics.

The researcher will be provided with an office and other support services in the IBFD in Amsterdam for a period of approximately six months, which would ideally start some four weeks before the annual Congress, i.e. August 2017 – and ending January/February 2018. It should be clearly understood that candidates applying for this function must be in a position to make themselves available full time for the entire period.

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 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 27 August – 1 September 2017) and the meeting of the PSC in January/February 2018, will be covered.

Ideally, the candidate would have not only an academic background in tax law 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.

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 based on the database available at the IBFD. 

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 Vice-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 at the IBFD and gives an opportunity for substantial contact with members of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA. In the past we have had Researchers from Albania, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Portugal and Spain and all have found it a useful experience.

If you are aware of any qualifying candidates who you feel might be interested in this position, could you kindly encourage them to send an application accompanied by an appropriate Curriculum Vitae to:


                             International Fiscal Association

                             Secretary General

                             World Trade Center

                             E-mail: [email protected]

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


The selection for a candidate for the next term will be made in early February 2017, so it would be useful to have the applications as soon as possible and, in any event, before 1 February 2017

For further questions contact

Scott Wilkie


Permanent Scientific Committee

Email: [email protected]

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