Application Deadline expired: Job Advertisment: Researcher (f/m/diverse) digitalization and democracy

Application Deadline expired.

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) is one of the world’s leading research institutions and think tanks for global sustainable development. It contributes, through research, policy advice and training, to finding answers to global questions affecting our future.

IDOS Research Programme “Transformation of Political (Dis-)order” is looking for a


Researcher (f/m/diverse) - Position No. 2023-D-04

Full time 100% up to 39 hours/week,

German public sector tariff, up to EG14 TVöD Bund depending on qualifications

Salary from € 52,000 p.a. up to € 66,000 p.a.


The position is to be filled as of 01st March 2024 and is limited to 31 December 2026. The position is subject to final approval of funds.


The selected researcher will contribute to research and policy advice within the project “Countering autocratization and polarization trends with democracy protection”. The project aims at analysing strategies to protect and promote democracy as well as to reduce polarization and advise national and international actors on most promising policy options in this area. The focus of this position lies in the field of digital technologies and politics and, in particular, on the role of digitalization and disinformation on global and national trends of autocratization and political and societal polarization.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PhD with excellent grades in one of the following areas: Political Science, Sociology, Communication Studies or related fields;
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative research methods in social sciences, including data scraping of social media; knowledge of qualitative analysis and social network analysis is an asset;
  • Excellent academic record with international peer-reviewed publications on topics relevant for the position;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries is an important asset;
  • Experience in policy advice is a strong asset;
  • Proven experience and commitment to acquire third-party funding;
  • Self-reliant way of working and willingness to work and take responsibility within an interdisciplinary, globally dispersed team;
  • Ability to build and maintain networks at the science-policy interface;
  • Excellent communication skills and proven organizational skills;
  • Excellent command of English as well as very good knowledge in at least one other major UN language (preferably French or Spanish) or Portuguese; fluency in (or willingness to learn) German is expected;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate.


We offer:

  • Opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research and publish with the research group in top international journals;
  • Dynamic and vibrant research environment, with the opportunity to directly disseminate insights with policy-making community;
  • Working together with an international team of top scholars worldwide;
  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (fulltime);
  • Possibility of mobile working up to 60% (“Home office ”);
  • Entitlement to a job ticket (app 25 €/month) and good access to public transport;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Up to 30 days annual vacation plus 6 days company vacation;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU.


The IDOS offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.


Preference is given to severely disabled persons with equal qualifications. We want to promote diversity among our employees and welcome applications from women, men and diverse candidates.


For further questions, please contact


Applications with the position number 2023-D-04 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 21.01.2024.

The expected date for interviews is week 6 or 7 of 2024.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-0, Telefax +49 (0)228 94927-130    Linkedin