Vacancies


Postdoctoral Researcher for the Joint Research Project “The CBW network for a comprehensive reinforcement of norms against chemical and biological weapons“

The Research Department I “International Security” is seeking to employ

 

a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d)

in full time (100%), salary scale E 13 TV-H,
on a temporary basis until March 31, 2026
(under the terms of the WissZVG).

 

The position is part of the joint research project “The CBW network for a comprehensive reinforcement of norms against chemical and biological weapons“ (CBWNet). This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education and is carried out jointly by PRIF with the Berlin Office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), the Chair for Public Law and International Law at the University of Gießen, and the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF) at the University of Hamburg. The joint project aims to analyse, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the norms and norm contestations in the prohibition regimes for biological and chemical weapons, and to investigate options to strengthen these regimes.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Conceptual and empirical research on the prohibition of biological and/or chemical weapons in the framework of the joint research project CBWNet, with a particular focus on compliance with and enforcement of the related norms;
  • Publications for the joint research project and the Research Department;
  • Cooperation with project partners and contributions to other sub-projects in the framework of CBWNet;
  • Support for the local, national and international networking activities of CBWNet and PRIF.

In addition, we expect involvement in the further development of the research agenda of PRIF, a documented willingness to cooperate on an interdisciplinary basis and to communicate research results to the political and social public as well as participation in the committees of PRIF’s self-administration.

As applicant, you should fulfill the following requirements:

  • A very good doctorate in political science or another discipline pertinent to the research field;
  • Research interests in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament (knowledge of biological and/or chemical weapons control is an advantage);
  • Research interests in international relations, ideally related to norm dynamics;
  • Willingness to work and cooperate in project teams and in an interdisciplinary setting;
  • Good knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods is an advantage.

Very good command of English, spoken and written, as well as competent handling of standard office software are prerequisites. Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite, but it is expected that the applicant shows willingness to try to acquire German language skills within the next one to two years.

You can expect:

  • Family-friendly working hours and the possibility for mobile working;
  • An interesting and varied workplace;
  • A motivated and committed team;
  • An interdisciplinary and international project setting;
  • Internal and external training opportunities;
  • Teaching opportunities;
  • Occupational pension scheme („VBL”);
  • A central location in downtown Frankfurt conveniently accessible by public transport.

PRIF is a winner of the Total E-Quality award and seeks to promote work/life balance.

In the case of equal qualification, applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference.

Please send your application documents, including a complete CV (without photo), certificates, references, and a concise outline of your research ideas, in pdf format via e-mail to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Please include the position code “CBWNet”. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2022. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.


Doctoral Researcher in the Field of European Security and Defense Politics

Our research department II “International Institutions” is seeking

a part-time (65%) doctoral researcher (m/f/d), salary scale E 13 TV-H, for three years (under the terms of the WissZVG)
starting on September 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Respon­sibili­ties include

  • Colla­boration on research projects of the depart­ment, particularly concerning questions of Euro­pean security and defense politics;
  • Develop­ment and imple­mentation of a PhD project on a topic in the above subject area;
  • Partici­pation in the committees of PRIF’s self-ad­ministration.

The applicant should fulfill the following require­ments

  • A good or very good university degree in political science or another social science qualifying for a doctorate at a German uni­versity;
  • A strong research interest in Euro­pean security and defense politics;
  • the willing­ness to conduct research in a team;
  • the willing­ness to communi­cate research results to stake­holders in politics and the broader public.

Very good command of the English lan­guage, spoken and written, as well as com­petent handling of standard office soft­ware are pre­requisites. Knowledge of German is not a pre­requisite, but it is expected that the applicant shows a willing­ness acquire German language skills within the first one to two years.

You can expect

  • Family-friendly working hours and the possi­bility for mobile working;
  • An inte­resting and varied work­place;
  • A motivated and committed team;
  • Internal and external training oppor­tunities;
  • Occu­pational pension scheme (“VBL”);
  • A central location in down­town Frankfurt con­veniently accessible by public transport.

PRIF is a Total E-Quality awardee and seeks to promote work/life balance.

In the case of equal qualification, applicants with severe dis­abilities will be given pre­ference.

Please send your application docu­ments (cover letter, CV without photo, certificates including your Master’s certificate) and an out­line of your doctoral project of no more than five pages to bewerber @hsfk .de by July 29, 2022, compiled as a single PDF document. Please in­clude the reference (Kennziffer) 2.1 in the subject line. Unfortu­nately, application expenses cannot be re­imbursed.