Postdoctoral Research Fellow (DEMINGS)

  • The GIGA seeks to appoint a

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

    Applications are invited for a full-time position (100%), with a contract of 30 months, preferably starting 1 October 2022. The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13. The successful candidate will work within the project Democratic Institutions in the Global South (DEMINGS) funded by the Leibniz Association. This project is led by Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos. The successful candidate will

    • pursue their individual research agenda in cooperation with the DEMINGS project’s research team;

    • be an active member of the GIGA, be affiliated to one of GIGA’s regional institutes, and belong to the Research Programme “Accountability and Participation”;

    • contribute to the academic output of the project with single-authored and co-authored publications in leading scientific journals; and

    • engage in the dissemination of research findings within the academic and policy communities, as well as among the wider public.

    Applicants are expected to

    • possess an excellent doctoral degree in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, or a related discipline;

    • present a high-quality research agenda that shows a clear fit with the aims of the DEMINGS project, i.e., one that has a clear focus on democratic institutions and a strong empirical component, and that deals with a country or set of countries from the Global South (a proposal with a cross-regional or comparative area studies focus is particularly welcome);

    • have a strong command of the English language (German is not a prerequisite); and be proficient in the application of social-science methods (qualitative and/or quantitative).

    Desired qualifications:

    • experience in research on political institutions and democratisation

    • strong analytical skills

    • strong teamwork skills

    • proficiency in additional languages spoken in one of the four GIGA regions relevant to the applicant’s potential research at the GIGA

    We strongly welcome international applications. Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life are of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes the equality of all genders. Please fill out the application form and send it together with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-22-02), including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, credentials/diplomas/certificates, names and contact details of two references, list of publications, max. two work samples), as one PDF file (except for the completed GIGA application form) to: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) ILAS Secretariat Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany or (E-mail applications are particularly welcome.) Screening of applications will begin on 1 May 2022. For further information, please visit Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos’s webpage or write to the e-mail address provided above.


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