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4 Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Social-Sciences in Germany

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien 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, growth and development, peace and security, and power and ideas. The GIGA seeks to appoint four Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

Applications are invited for full-time positions, starting as soon as possible, each with an initial contract of three years and an option for additional three years, subject to a successful evaluation. The positions are designed for further professional qualification as defined in § 2
WissZeitVG (Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act). The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13.

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is seeking applications for each of the four Regional Institutes of the GIGA in connection to a specific GIGA Research Programme. The research profile and agenda of the candidates should have a clear fit with the following combinations:

research profile on Africa with a focus on “Accountability and Participation”
(Ref.-No. GIGA-17-13)
research profile on Asia with a focus on “Growth and Development”
(Ref.-No. GIGA-17-14)
research profile on Latin America with a focus on “Peace and Security”
(Ref.-No. GIGA-17-15)
research profile on the Middle East with a focus on “Power and Ideas”
(Ref.-No. GIGA-17-16)

The successful candidates will:

conduct excellent research fitting the respective Regional Institute’s and Research Programme’s research agenda and with impact in his/her field
be an active member of the respective Regional Institute and Research Programme
pursue a targeted publication strategy, acquire third-party funding, and conduct research-based knowledge transfer

Your qualifications:

Outstanding doctorate in political science, economics, sociology or other social science disciplines
Area expertise in the respective GIGA research region
Experience in interdisciplinary and comparative research and interest in comparative area studies
Excellent academic record in relevant fields demonstrated by publications in renowned peer-reviewed journals and/or leading publishing houses
Excellent quantitative and/or qualitative methodological skills
English-language proficiency; additional language skills relevant to the research region are an asset
Successful record in third-party funding acquisition is an asset

Part-time options will be considered, if so desired by the successful candidate. The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented.

For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage ( or contact Dr. Peter Peetz (email:, phone: +49 (0)40 – 42825-516).

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4 Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Social-Sciences in Germany


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