Vacancies


University Professorship (W2) Peace Research in Natural Sciences

The Department of Physics at Technical University Darmstadt, in cooperation with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) is offering the position of a

University Professorship (W2)
Peace Research in Natural Sciences

for a period of five years. It is envisaged to transfer the temporary professorship to a permanent position. The appointment follows a professorship at Technical University Darmstadt with a simultaneous grant of leave to carry out research tasks at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (Jülich Model).

We are looking for an individual with internationally recognised, interdisciplinary research experience in the field of peace and conflict research with a strong focus in physics research. The approach to a research focus in this field may be either experimental or theoretical. The professorship serves to establish the research area of peace research in the Department of Physics at TU Darmstadt. In addition, as a natural scientist, the future post holder will co-lead the new Cluster Natural and Technical Sciences for Arms Control Research (CNTR), which is being established at the PRIF in cooperation with the TU Darmstadt and the Justus Liebig University Giessen and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The research area of the advertised professorship may cover the entire field of physics-based peace and conflict research. Examples would include: Disarmament/arms control in nuclear or conventional weapons; preventive arms control in new weapons technologies, e.g. by means of artificial intelligence; consequences of nuclear war; protection of critical infrastructures, e.g. by means of network modelling; proliferation resistance in new nuclear technologies; monitoring and verification techniques – remote or on-site – e.g. for nuclear facilities, space systems, missiles; trace analysis and forensics; warhead authentication; controlled disposal of warhead materials.

In addition to an excellent scientific qualification, the successful candidate is expected to have corresponding pedagogical competences and the ability and willingness to teach theoretical or experimental physics in its entire breadth. Skills in science communication and consulting for politicians are to be developed.

The professorship is limited to five years. The position is tenured with a remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications, following the German “W-Besoldung” and subject to negotiations between the applicant and the university directorate. The regulations for employment are specified under §§ 67 and 68 HessHG (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz).

PRIF and Technical University Darmstadt intend to increase the number of female faculty members and encourage female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Technical University of Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program.

Applications, including the usual documents, in particular curriculum vitae, list of publications, overview of teaching activities to date (incl. teaching evaluations), description of scientific activities, a teaching and research concept, and copies of all relevant diplomas must be sent under the given code-no. to the Dean of the Department of Physics, Prof. Dr. Regine von Klitzing, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Hochschulstraße 12, 64289 Darmstadt, preferably in electronic form as a single PDF to: dekanat@physik.tu-darmstadt.de. Application deadline: April 05, 2023

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Researchers (m/f/d) in full time (100%) for the Research Group on “Use and Control of Emerging Disruptive Technologies”

The Research Department I “International Security” is seeking to employ from June 1, 2023, or at the earliest possible date thereafter

Two researchers (m/f/d) in full time (100%),
salary scale E 13 TV-H.

The positions are offered on a fixed-term basis until March 31, 2026 (under the terms of the WissZVG), with a possible extension until 31 December, 2026. The positions are part of the Research Group on “Use and Control of Emerging Disruptive Technologies” (EDT) to be established within the new Cluster for Natural and Technical Science Arms Control Research (CNTR). The Cluster is being set up by PRIF in cooperation with the Technical University Darmstadt (TUDa) and Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office. The Research Group on EDT is led by Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Reuter (TUDa) and Dr. Niklas Schörnig (PRIF). It aims to scrutinize current issues in EDT control in an interdisciplinary way from the perspectives of natural, technical and political science and to develop technologically-informed policy options.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Research at the intersection of the natural and technical sciences and peace and conflict studies;
  • Scientifically based technology assessment on EDT and their (possible) military use, as well as their use in the context of arms control;
  • Monitoring current and future arms control and export control agreements on EDT;
  • Tracking relevant international EDT projects through a Technology Monitor;
  • Contributing to the organization of relevant workshops and conferences;
  • Publication of research results for various audiences;
  • Participation in research on cross-cutting issues within the Cluster;
  • Cooperation with colleagues at the Cluster, at PRIF and at TUDa (especially the departments for computer science and physics);
  • Support for the local, national, and international networking activities of the Research Group, the Cluster and all partners.

In addition, we expect willingness to cooperate in an interdisciplinary context and to communicate research results to the political and general public. We also expect participation in the committees and overall work contexts of PRIF and TUDa.

As applicant, you should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Above-average degree in pertinent sub-disciplines of physics, computer science, engineering;
  • Ideally above-average doctorate or equivalent professional experience;
  • Research interests in the area of control and disarmament of Emerging Technologies with potential military use;
  • Willingness to work and cooperate in interdisciplinary project teams and to engage with political research questions;
  • Very good spoken and written command of English.

Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite, but it is expected that applicants show 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 to partially work remotely;
  • An interesting and varied workplace with affiliations at PRIF and TUDa;
  • A motivated and committed team;
  • An interdisciplinary and international project setting;
  • Internal and external training opportunities;
  • The opportunity for scientific and technical research and further academic qualification;
  • Teaching opportunities;
  • Occupational pension scheme (“VBL”);

PRIF is a recipient of the Total E-Quality award and seeks to promote equal representation in the work force at all levels and work/life balance. TUDa aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. 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 “CNTR EDT”. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2023. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.


Researchers (m/f/d) in full time (100%) for the Research Group on “Chemical and Biological Weapons Control”

The Research Department I “International Security” is seeking to employ from June 1, 2023, or at the earliest possible date thereafter

Two researchers (m/f/d) in full time (100%),
salary scale E 13 TV-H.

The positions are offered on a fixed-term basis until March 31, 2026 (under the terms of the WissZVG), with a possible extension until 31 December, 2026. The positions are part of the Research Group on Chemical and Biological Weapons Control to be established within the new Cluster for Natural and Technical Science Arms Control Research (CNTR). The Cluster is being set up by PRIF in cooperation with the Technical University Darmstadt and Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office. The Research Group on CBW control is led by Prof. Dr. P. R. Schreiner (JLU, Institute of Organic Chemistry) and Dr. U. Jakob (PRIF). It aims to scrutinize current issues in biological and chemical weapons control in an interdisciplinary way from the perspectives of natural, technical and political sciences and to develop technologically-informed policy options.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Research at the intersection of the natural science and peace and conflict studies;
  • Scientifically based research on the disarmament and non-proliferation of biological and/or chemical weapons, including the examination of relevant chemical compounds or biological agents for risk assessment;
  • Monitoring of relevant scientific and technological developments;
  • Tracking these developments through a Technology Monitor;
  • Contributing to the organization of relevant workshops and conferences;
  • Publication of research results for various audiences;
  • Participation in research on cross-cutting issues within the Cluster;
  • Cooperation with colleagues at the Cluster, at PRIF and at JLU;
  • Support for the local, national, and international networking activities of the Research Group, the Cluster and all partners.

In addition, we expect willingness to cooperate in an interdisciplinary context and to communicate research results to the political and general public. We also expect participation in the committees and overall work contexts of PRIF and JLU.

As applicant, you should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Above-average degree in pertinent sub-disciplines of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or equivalent professional experience;
  • Ideally above-average doctorate or equivalent professional experience;
  • Research interests in the area of chemical and biological weapons control and disarmament or biological/chemical security, protection and defense;
  • Relevant experience in the synthesis and characterization of substances, investigation of their properties, spectroscopic evidence; ability to handle small sample quantities and reactive intermediates; or:
  • Relevant experience in microbiology, molecular biology or genetics or other pertinent subfields of biology or life sciences;
  • Willingness to work and cooperate in interdisciplinary project teams and to engage with political research questions;
  • Very good spoken and written command of English.

Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite, but it is expected that applicants show 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 to partially work remotely;
  • An interesting and varied workplace with affiliations at PRIF and JLU;
  • A motivated and committed team;
  • An interdisciplinary and international project setting;
  • Internal and external training opportunities;
  • The opportunity for scientific research and further academic qualification;
  • Teaching opportunities;
  • Occupational pension scheme (“VBL”);

PRIF is a recipient of the Total E-Quality award and seeks to promote equal representation in the work force at all levels and work/life balance. JLU aims to employ more women in academic research. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply. 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 “CNTR CBW”. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2023. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.


Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) (65 %) in the project “Chinese Adaptation to Conflict Risks in the Era of the Belt and Road Initiative”

For the project “Chinese Adaptation to Conflict Risks in the Era of the Belt and Road Initiative”, supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), we are seeking to employ at the earliest possible date

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

Your responsibilities include:

  • Participation in designing, preparing and conducting a survey on the conflict perceptions of Chinese enterprises active in overseas conflict environments;
  • Participation in conducting personal interviews with experts and other groups of actors within China;
  • Implementation of a Ph.D. project in the area of Chinese adaptation to conflict risks;
  • Participation in PRIF’s self-governing institutions.

You should fulfill the following requirements:

  • A university degree of at least good in political science, sinology or another relevant discipline;
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written Chinese;
  • Firsthand knowledge of China and ideally experience in engaging Chinese enterprises and their overseas representatives;
  • A research interest in Chinese conflict risk management, Chinese development, foreign or security policies;
  • Willingness to conduct research in an international team;
  • Willingness to communicate research findings to political decisionmakers and the 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 will show willingness to make an effort to acquire German language skills within the next one to two years.

You can expect:

  • Family-friendly working hours and the possibility to partially work remotely;
  • Internal and external training opportunities;
  • A motivated and committed team;
  • An employer pension scheme (VBL).

PRIF is a recipient of the Total E-Quality award and seeks to promote equal representation in the work force at all levels and work/life balance. In the case of equal qualification, applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference.

Please send your application documents, including a letter of motivation, a CV without photo, certificates, and an outline of your doctoral project of no more than five pages in German or English, in a single pdf file via e-mail to bewerber(at)hsfk.de. The deadline for applications is April 28th, 2023. Please include the position code “Kennziffer 4.2”. Unfortunately, application expenses cannot be reimbursed.