Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct comparative research on forced migration within and from the global South

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 a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct comparative research on forced migration within and from the global South, preferably with a special focus on the Middle East.
Applications are invited for a full-time position starting as soon as possible, with an initial contract of three years and an option for additional three years, subject to a successful evaluation. The position is 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.
The successful candidate will
  • expand the GIGA’s expertise in comparative and regional research on forced migration with specific reference to:
  • Forced migration within and from the global South caused by civil war and/or other forms of violent and non-violent conflict
  • The political and social impact of outward migration on the “sending” countries and its regions as well as political and social repercussions of migration in “host” countries
  • The causes for internal displacement in the global South and their consequences.
  • be an active member of the GIGA and at least one Research Programme
  • pursue a targeted publication strategy, acquire third-party funding, and conduct research-based knowledge transfer
Your qualifications:
  • Outstanding doctorate in political science, sociology or other social science disciplines
  • Area expertise in one of GIGA’s research regions
  • 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
  • Experience in interdisciplinary and comparative research and interest in comparative area studies
  • 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.
Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-17-11) including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, credentials/diplomas/certificates, two letters of recommendation, list of publications, max. two work samples, work plan for the first three years with fit to the GIGA research agenda) to:
Kerstin Labusga, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies,
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
(email applications are particularly welcome).
Screening of applications will begin on 26 June 2017.


For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage (

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