Research Fellow at the Leibniz Research Alliance „INFECTIONS“

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien (GIGA, is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, peace and security, globalisation and development, and global orders and foreign policies.

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM, is the largest research institute for tropical medicine in Germany and member of the Leibniz Association, the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens, and a WHO Collaborating Centre.

The GIGA Institute for African Affairs and the Infectious Disease Epidemiology department at the BNITM invite applicants for the position as

Research Fellow (m/f/d) (65%).

The GIGA and BNITM are members of the Leibniz Research Alliance „INFECTIONS“ This research network aims to use interdisciplinary research and communication to develop new strategies and methods for early warning systems, improve outbreak management and optimise containment/control of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens. The research is grounded in the One Health approach, which accounts for the interaction of humans, animals and the environment. All research is carried out as cooperative projects between several partner institutes. The GIGA and BNITM are partnering in an interdisciplinary project team on curbing AMR in humans through health interventions, incentives and transparency.


  • Develop and conduct research components embedded in studies conducted in the Global South (e.g. Ghana, Indonesia) with primary data collection

  • Analyse datasets from individual surveys and clinical information with a focus on improved antimicrobial use and cost-effectiveness

  • Author texts for peer-reviewed journals and present research findings at international conferences

  • Contribute to teaching of master’s students

  • Policy engagement and active dissemination of research findings

The GIGA and BNITM strongly encourage concurrent work on a doctoral degree. The research fellow would become a member of the BNITM and GIGA Doctoral Programme.


  • Excellent University degree (Master) and expertise in public/global health, health economics or development economics, including an excellent knowledge of econometric analysis and study design

  • Documented additional expertise in a related discipline, e.g. in epidemiology, medicine, biostatistics, or social sciences

  • Strong quantitative analytical research skills, preferably including data management

  • Statistical analysis skills using Stata, R, or other statistical software

  • Full proficiency in written and spoken English, working knowledge of German is not required but considered an asset

  • Willingness and ability to travel abroad to conduct fieldwork in in the Global South

  • Past work experience in low- and middle-income countries/Global South will be considered an asset

  • Self-motivated, and ability to work conscientiously on complex tasks over an extended period of time and ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international team

  • Willingness to undertake activities in support of the institutes and departments


  • Interesting work as part of challenging projects in an interdisciplinary research area at two institutes of the Leibniz Association

  • Integration into an open-minded, motivated and supportive team

  • Opportunities for further education and training

The position is in part-time (65%) and initially limited to 3 years. Starting date of the position is as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be offered two separate contracts; one for the first 1.5 years at the BNITM, and one for the second 1.5 years at the GIGA. The salary is commensurate with EG 13 TV-AVH / TVöD in accordance with the German salary scheme for the public service.

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Renate Hartwig (Email: and Dr. Eva Lorenz (Email:

If you would like to contribute your expertise to our interdisciplinary research, we look forward to receiving your application documents (without a photo), including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, credentials/diplomas/certificates, names and contact details of two references, list of publications if applicable, max. two work samples).

Please apply online via our jobportal by 15.10.2021. Applications received after the closing date cannot be considered.

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We promote the equality of all genders. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified.


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