Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
Veröffentlicht am: 03.06.2021

Senior Researcher, “Conflict and Security” (TV-L 14)

European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg

Bewerbungsfrist: 02.08.2021

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The ECMI is an international research institution focused on the academic and policy-relevant study of ethno-cultural groups and national minority issues in Europe broadly defined.

The Senior Researcher in question will be responsible for developing the Centre’s “Conflict and Security” cluster, meaning the cluster’s research themes and output, its liaison with relevant partners and stakeholders, its visibility through workshops and other events as well as its external fund-raising through projects or grants.

The successful candidate will be expected to lead the cluster’s research output, policy-advice activities, external funding applications, project development and implementation, dissemination and outreach efforts. The cluster leader will be responsible for developing a personal research profile within the cluster, whilst also serving as a point-person for the general field. Together with other heads of cluster, the person will be involved in the strategic management of the Centre as well as the Centre’s publications and other activities.

Professional requirements

Candidates must have a doctoral degree or equivalent in the social sciences with a relevant publication record and/or professional activity within the realm of minority issues and conflict and security. Candidates should have demonstrated competence in European minority issues and conflict studies. Prior experience in collaborating with policy-makers, including producing policy reports, conducting training exercises and workshops is greatly anticipated. Applicants must have excellent command of English in both spoken and written form, sufficient to produce independently publications, reports, presentations, project applications and the like. Competence in other European languages, especially those related to research, is welcome.


The position shall be for a preliminary period of two years. Thereafter, a performance review will take place, on the basis of which an unlimited contract may be offered. Remuneration levels are guided by the German TV-L system (“Collective Agreement for Public Service of the Länder") with regular adjustments for inflation. The position is ranked at TV-L 14 with more precise grading taking place based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The successful candidate must take up employment at the seat of the ECMI in Flensburg and be willing to travel as necessitated by research work or outreach activities. A Personnel Agreement at the Centre governs opportunities for remote work.

The institution

The ECMI is an international, multi-disciplinary research and competence institution working with governments, civil society, the academic community and international organisations on minority issues in Europe. Located in Flensburg, we aim to provide governments and the public with relevant research and analysis about national minorities as well as to influence the European agenda on minority affairs. The ECMI is an equal opportunity institution with a commitment to improving gender balances in academia as well as the advancement of researchers of minority backgrounds.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV (including publications list) and a 1-2-page statement on the kind of research and/or activity agenda they would see themselves as bringing to the cluster and the ECMI. Application materials should be submitted electronically to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg-Hansen (hansenecmide) no later than 2 August 2021. Informal queries about the position may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Vello Pettai, pettaiecmide. Short-listed candidates will be asked in late August to give a research presentation (either in person or via video conferencing) as well as meet with a search committee. The final selection will be done by the ECMI Executive Board.