Postdoctoral Researcher

Vacancy at Peace Re­search Institute Frank­furt. Closing date: 31 March 2018

To broaden its com­parative re­search on violent intra­state conflicts (civil wars), the Peace Re­search Institute Frank­furt (PRIF) is seek­ing to employ as early as possible 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, ini­tially for a period of two years (time limit pur­suant to the law on temp­orary job contracts in science (WissZVG)).


  • Develop­ment of as well as ac­quisition of third-party fund­ing for a re­search project in the area of comp­arative civil war studies which analyses the causes as well as the dyn­amics of violent intra­state conflicts, taking into ac­count their inter­nat­ional and trans­nat­ional di­men­sions.
  • Sup­port of PRIF’s public re­lations’ work and policy ad­vice on cur­rent armed conflicts.
  • Parti­ci­pation in the PRIF com­mittees of self-gover­nance.


  • An above-aver­age PhD in pol­itical science, socio­logy or another rele­vant disci­pline
  • Re­search focus on the the­matic field rele­vant for the ad­vertised vacancy
  • Good know­ledge of quali­tative and/or quanti­tative social-science metho­do­logy
  • Ex­perience with and/or wil­ling­ness to carry out field re­search
  • Com­muni­cation skills with a view to know­ledge trans­fer.

Very good command of English, spoken and written, as well as competent hand­ling of stand­ard office soft­ware are pre­re­quisites. Good know­ledge of German is desi­rable.

Please send ap­pli­cation docu­ments in­cluding a con­cept paper of not more than three pages out­lining a pot­ential pro­ject as well as a work sample as a single PDF docu­ment and in­clude the po­sition code 4.2 by March 31, 2018 via e-mail to bewerber(at)