Research Fellow (DEMINGS)

  • The GIGA seeks to appoint a

    Research Fellow.

    Applications are invited for a part-time position (65%), with a contract of three years, preferably starting no later than 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 and publication agenda in cooperation with the DEMINGS project’s research team;

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

    • enrol as a doctoral student at the University of Erfurt, corresponding to the affiliation of the project leader;

    • contribute to all project components as appropriate, participate in international conferences, and be able to undertake fieldwork for their own research; 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 a university degree (master’s or equivalent) with a very strong grade point average in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, or a related discipline (nor-mally, we expect candidates to have a GPA of 1.5 (German equivalent) or better);

    • present a high-quality research proposal 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); and

    • have a strong command of the English language (German is not a prerequisite).

    Desired qualifications:

    • familiarity with research on political institutions and democratisation

    • proficiency in the application of social-science methods (qualitative and/or quantitative)

    • 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-22-03), including

    • a letter of motivation, CV, and a research proposal of maximum 2,000 words;

    • simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (bachelor’s, master’s, others (or equivalents)), proof of English-language competency;

    • an additional academic writing sample; and

    • names and contact details of two references

    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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