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ZOiS: PhD researcher (f/m/div)

The Centre for East European and International Studies is seeking to fill the position of


PhD researcher (f/m/div)


starting on 1 April 2022, subject to funding approval by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This position comprises 66% of the collectively agreed working hours (26 hours/week) and is limited to 42 months. The salary is based on the E13 salary scale of the collective agreement for the civil service (TVöD).

The Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) is an independent, international, publicly funded research institute. It focuses on socially relevant academic research on Eastern Europe and shares the results with policymakers, the media and the broader public.

The PhD researcher will be working in the project Economic Dis- and Re-integration in the Context of De Facto Statehood. The research project investigates how the economic relations of de facto states with their mother and patron states have evolved locally and within a broader regional context (e.g. EU, CIS, EAEU). A special emphasis will be on the effects of economic relations on conflictual and cooperative interactions and the adaptation strategies of economic actors (e.g. firms, business associations, chambers of commerce).

The project is part of the research network Cooperation and Conflict in Eastern Europe: The Consequences of the Reconfiguration of Political, Economic, and Social Spaces since the End of the Cold War (KonKoop). The partner institutions within this network are: Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg (IOS), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig (IfL), Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam (ZZF), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU Jena), and Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE).

This multi-local and interdisciplinary research network focuses on the dynamics of conflict and co-operation in Eastern Europe, Southeast Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The empirical data gathered in the context of individual projects within the network are combined in a Multi-Method Data Laboratory at ZOiS and a Laboratory for Multi-Perspective Peace and Conflict Cartography at IFL.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) with excellent grades in Political Science, Economic Geography or other social sciences fitting the position’s research profile
  • Proven knowledge and research experience in at least one of the following fields: International Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Studies, and/or Critical Geopolitics
  • Knowledge about conflict dynamics in post-Soviet de facto states is an asset.
  • Strong skills in qualitative research methods; some experience of quantitative methods (especially survey methodology) is an asset.
  • Research or work experience in the research region is an asset.
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills; additional proficiency in a language spoken in the research region is an asset.
  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in working in an interdisciplinary team and
  • Willingness to travel abroad

We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, social origin, religion/belief, disability, age and sexual orientation and identity. Applications from women and applicants with a migration background are strongly encouraged. Applicants with recognised disabilities will be considered with priority if they are equally suited to the position.

Please send your application with a complete set of documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, proof of qualifications) until 16 January 2022 solely by email to bewerbung(at)zois-berlin(dot)de. Please combine your documents into one pdf document (max 6 MB) and state KonKoop/PhD as the reference. Please contact Emily Kleine for any further questions: emily.kleine(at)zois-berlin(dot)de.

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