Vacancies


Doctoral researcher at joint research project “CBW network for a comprehensive reinforcement of norms against chemical and biological weapons”

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

a doctoral researcher (m/f/d)
in part-time (65%), salary scale E 13 TV-H, for four years
(under the terms of the WissZVG).

The position is part of the joint research project “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 will be carried out jointly by PRIF with the Berlin Office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) in Hamburg, 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:

  • Research in the framework of the joint project KOMPCBW, with a special focus on compliance with and enforcement of the norms against biological and chemical weapons;
  • Implementation of a doctoral project on a topic related to the norms against biological and chemical weapons;
  • Participation in the committees of PRIF’s self-administration.

As applicant, you should fulfill the following requirements:

  • A good or very good master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science or another discipline qualifying for entry to a PhD program;
  • Research focus/interest in arms control and disarmament (knowledge of biological and/or chemical weapons control is an advantage);
  • Willingness to conduct collaborative research in project teams;
  • Willingness to participate in the dissemination of research findings to the political and general public.

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.

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 motivation letter, a complete CV (without photo), certificates, references and an outline of your PhD project (maximum five pages) as well as a work sample as a single PDF document via e-mail to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Please include the position code (Kennziffer) KOMPCBW. The deadline for the application is February 15, 2022. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.


PostDoc for the research project “The CBW network for a comprehensive reinforcement of norms against chemical and biological weapons”

The Research Department I “International Security” isseeking to employ

a postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d)
in full time (100%), salary scale E 13 TV-H, for four years
(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 will be 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:

  • Research in sub-projects concerning the prohibition of biological and/or chemical weapons in the framework of the joint research project KOMPCBW, with a particular focus on compliance with and enforcement of the related norms;
  • Contribution to publications for the joint research project and the Research Department;
  • Cooperation with project partners and contributions to other sub-projects in the framework of KOMPCBW;
  • Support for the local, national and international networking activities of KOMPCBW and PRIF, and dissemination of research results to academic and non-academic audiences;
  • 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;
  • Documented expertise in arms control and disarmament, preferably related to biological and/or chemical weapons;
  • Research interest in international norm dynamics;
  • Willingness to work and cooperate in project teams and in an interdisciplinary setting;
  • Good knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.

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.

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.

Application documents should include a letter of motivation, a complete CV (without photo), certificates, references, and an outline of your research ideas on a maximum of three pages. Please send your application, with the position code (Kennziffer) KOMPCBW, as a single PDF document via e-mail to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2022. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.


PostDoc (m/f/d) (100%) in Research Department V "Glocal Junctions"

In order to build up and expand expertise on normative and practical conflicts in dealing with past colonial violence in Research Department V, we are looking for 

a PostDoc (m/f/d) (100%)
in salary scale E 13 TV-H, for three years (extension intended)
(under the terms of the WissZVG).

Your responsibilities include:

  • contributions to the development of a research project in the department, application for grants, research and publications  related to colonial violence, postcolonial relations, reconciliation efforts and related conflicts;
  • maintenance and further development of PRIF’s local, national and international networks.

In addition, we expect involvement in the further development of the research agenda of PRIF, 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.


The applicant should fulfill the following requirements:

  • At least a very good doctorate in an appropriate subject from the humanities or social sciences;
  • research focus on colonialism / decolonization / postcolonial relations;
  • very good knowledge of the current scientific and societal debates in this topic area;
  • good knowledge of qualitative research methods.

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.

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 motivation letter, a complete CV (without a photo), certificates and an outline of your research idea of not more than five pages by 31 January 2022 via e-mail to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Please include the position code (Kennziffer) 5.2. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.


PhD Student for the Joint Projekt "Regional Research Center - Transformations of Political Violence"

For the joint project "Regional Research Center - Transformations of Political Violence" we are looking for the following position as of April 1, 2022 

a PhD student (m/f/d) (65%),
salary group TV-H 13,
for a period of four years (fixed-term contract according to WissZVG).

The joint project "Regional Research Center - Transformations of Political Violence" is a cooperation project of PRIF, Goethe University Frankfurt, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Philipps University Marburg and Technical University Darmstadt. It is an interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The center is dedicated to the study of political violence and brings together different disciplinary perspectives as well as methodological approaches for this purpose. The interplay of different types and levels of political violence as well as their transformations are systematically investigated in four working groups: 1. forms of political violence, 2. institutions for the prevention and legitimation of political violence, 3. interpretations of political violence, and 4. synergies. 

We are looking for an outstanding and highly qualified PhD student to strengthen the interdisciplinary Regional Research Center in the field of interpretations and attributions of meaning of political violence.
The range of tasks of this position, which is located at PRIF, includes in particular:

  • Develop and conduct a PhD project in the context of work package 3.1 "Interpretation of Violence" with the aim of researching changes in the patterns of justification and attributions of meaning of political violence as well as the consequences of these transformations in the context of colonial relations and decolonization;
  • Conduct qualitative field research in the Global South as part of the intended research project; 
  • Participate in publications of the collaborative project and PRIF;
  • Maintain and further develop local, national and international networking of the collaborative project and PRIF; 
  • Contribute to the overarching activities of the Center, such as knowledge transfer; 
  • Willingness to interdisciplinary cooperation and to communicate research results to the political and social public as well as participation in the committees of PRIF self-administration. 

Requirements for a successful application for the PhD position are a very good Master's degree (or comparable) in a relevant cultural or social science as well as a doctoral exposé in the field of the above mentioned topic.

PRIF is the holder of the Total E-Quality award. It aims to reduce unequal representation in grades and promotes work-life balance. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if equally qualified. Employment is subject to final approval by the third-party fund-ing body.

Please send your application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae without photo, references incl. Master's degree certificate as well as five-page doctoral exposé (in German or English)) bundled in one pdf-document under "Reference number 5.1" by 31.01.2022 to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Unfortunately, application costs cannot be covered.


Two Research Associates/Doctoral Researchers for the BMBF-funded competence network “African Non-military Conflict Intervention Practices” (ANCIP)

For the BMBF-funded competence network “African Non-military Conflict Intervention Practices” (ANCIP) (project leader: Dr. Antonia Witt), we are looking to recruit, as of 1 April 2022,

Two Research Associates/Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) (65%),
Pay group TV-H 13,
for a period of four years (fixed-term contract according to WissZeitVG).

The goals of the competence network ANCIP are the development of an online database of non-military interventions by African regional organizations (AU and RECs), the empirical reconstruction of intervention practices and routines of African actors, and corresponding theory-building. In the competence network, researchers at the University of Leipzig, the University of Duisburg-Essen and PRIF will work together with an extended network of international partners in Europe and Africa. The positions to be filled at PRIF are located in the Junior Research Group “African Intervention Politics” in Research Department V “Glocal Junctions”.

Two projects of the competence network will be conducted at PRIF. The aim of Project I is the systematic analysis of the role of special envoys (High Representatives, Special Envoys or Special Representatives) appointed by the AU and RECs (ECOWAS, IGAD) in regional non-military interventions. Specific focus will be placed on the knowledge bases, practices and scope of action of the respective special envoys, their institutional embedding, as well as their interaction and interfaces with other actors. Two comparative country case studies are planned (AU/ECOWAS in Mali, AU/IGAD in South Sudan). Project II aims to examine the practice of involving civil society actors in non-military interventions by AU and ECOWAS. Beyond formal cooperation and inclusion mechanisms, the project’s main aim is to reconstruct, on the basis of two country case studies (Mali and Guinea) and through a social network analysis, patterns of access for individual and collective local actors to regional non-military interventions as well as exclusion mechanisms at work.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Position 1: Development and implementation of a study on the role of special envoys appointed by the AU, IGAD and ECOWAS in regional non-military interventions with a focus on Mali and South Sudan;
  • Position 2: Development and implementation of a study on the practice of interaction with and integration of local civil society actors in non-military interventions of the AU and ECOWAS with a focus on Mali and Guinea;
  • Participation in the joint evaluation of research results as well as the activities of the network (including knowledge transfer to decision-makers); 
  • Presentation of research results at academic conferences and preparation of academic publications as single and co-author;
  • Participation in the committees of PRIF self-administration.

The positions as well as the respective project can be used for your own academic qualification (doctoral dissertation).

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A very good university degree in political science, peace and conflict studies, African studies or another social science qualifying for a doctorate at a German university; 
  • Research interest in the field of African regional organizations, interventions, mediation;
  • Regional focus on Africa demonstrated through internships or research stays;
  • Knowledge of French to independently conduct research in Francophone Africa;
  • Good knowledge of qualitative social science methods;
  • Ability to work independently, ability to work in a team, willingness to undertake several months of field research and travel activities within the framework of the competence network.

We expect very good oral and written English language skills as well as the confident use of common office software. Knowledge of the German language is not required. However, it is expected that the applicant shows willingness to make efforts to acquire German language skills within the next one to two years.

The position is subject to the final approval of third-party funding by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

PRIF is the holder of the Total-E-Quality award. It wants to reduce unequal representation in the occupational groups and promote the compatibility of work and family. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

Please send your complete application documents (cover letter, CV without picture, relevant certificates) under “Reference number 5_ANCIP” together with a maximum five-page synopsis of a planned or already running doctoral project in the thematic focus of the competence network by 31 January 2022 in one pdf document to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Unfortunately, application costs cannot be covered.


PostDoc for the joint project "Regional Research Center – Transformations of Political Violence"

For the joint project "Regional Research Center – Transformations of Political Violence" we are looking for the following position as of April 1, 2022 

a Postdoc (m/f/d) (100%), 
salary group E 13 TV-H, for a period of four years 
(fixed-term contract according to WissZVG).

The joint project "Regional Research Center - Transformations of Political Violence" is a cooperation project of PRIF, Goethe University Frankfurt, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Philipps University Marburg and Technical University Darmstadt. It is an interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The center is dedicated to the study of political violence and brings together different disciplinary perspectives as well as methodological approaches for this purpose. The interplay of different types and levels of political violence as well as their transformations are systematically investigated in four working groups: 1. forms of political violence, 2. institutions for the prevention and legitimation of political violence, 3. interpretations of political violence, and 4. synergies. 

The range of tasks of this position, which is located at PRIF, includes in particular:

  • Collaboration and independent research in working groups 1 and 4 with a focus on the systematic collection and evaluation of existing findings on the changes in forms of political violence as well as on overarching, e.g. conceptual-historical, questions;
  • Participation in publications, scientific activities and transfer events of the collaborative project and PRIF;
  • Maintenance and further development of the Center’s as well as PRIF’s local, national and international networking; 
  • We expect commitment to the further development of the research agenda of the Center and/or PRIF, willingness to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation and to communicate research results to the political and social public, as well as participation in the committees of PRIF self-government. 

The applicant should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Outstanding doctorate in an appropriate subject from political science, sociology or another relevant discipline; 
  • Research focus in the area of political violence;
  • Expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative social science methods;
  • International profile through experience in research visits and/or fieldwork;
  • Desirably experience in collaborative research projects.

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 acquire German language skills within the next one to two years.

The PRIF is holder of the Total E-Quality award and seeks to promote work-life balance. If equally qualified, severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration. Employment is subject to final approval by the third-party funding body.

Please send your application documents including a motivation letter, a complete CV (without a photo), certificates and an outline of your research idea of not more than three pages, bundled in one pdf-document, under "Reference number 10.1" by 15.02.2022 to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. Unfortunately, application costs cannot be covered.