Team & Career

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) is a foundation under public law and part of the Leibniz Association. With over 80 employees, PRIF is currently the largest peace and conflict research institute in Germany. 

The Research Department III – “Research Department: Private Actors in the Transnational Sphere” is seeking to employ a postdoctoral researcher with 100% of working hours on the pay scale for the German public service in the state of Hesse, E 13 TV-H, beginning at the earliest possible date, initially for a period of two years (time limit pursuant to the law on temporary job contracts in science (WissZVG)).

Your responsibilities:

  • Research and publishing activity with a thematic focus on the research department, especially on transnational terrorism
  • Contribution to the thematic development of the department program as well as the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Maintenance and further development of the institute’s international network

In addition, we expect the research associate to become involved in the development of the institute’s research agenda, to show willingness to collaborate with other disciplines as well as to communicate research findings to the political and general public. Participation in the PRIF committees of self-governance is also expected.

The applicant should fulfill the following requirements:

  • An above-average PhD in political science, sociology or another relevant discipline
  • Research focus in the field of terrorism, political violence and/or radicalization
  • Good knowledge of the current debates in the scientific community and in society
  • Good knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative social-science methodology.

Excellent spoken and written German and English skills as well as competent handling of standard office software are prerequisites. Depending on the research topic, any further language skills can be an advantage.

PRIF is a winner of the Total E-Quality award and is committed to maintaining a work/life balance. The institute seeks to minimize unequal representation within the pay scale for German public service and promote work/life balance. At PRIF women within this pay scale are underrepresented. For this reason and based on the Equal Rights Act of the state of Hesse (HGIG), applications from women are particularly welcome. In the case of equal qualification, applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference.

Please send your application documents including a concept paper of not more than three pages regarding your proposed areas of research as a single PDF document and include the position code 5.3 by February 26, 2017 via e-mail to bewerber(at)