Application Deadline expired: Senior Researcher (f/m/diverse) on Transformation of political (dis-)order

Application Deadline expired:

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


IDOS Research Programme  “Transformation of political (dis-)order: Values, institutions and peace” is looking for a


Senior Researcher (f/m/diverse) - Position No. 2023-D-02

Full time 100% (39 hours/week)

Salary from € 55,000 p.a. up to € 80,000 p.a.

(German public sector tariff, EG14 TVöD Bund)


The position, located in Bonn, Germany, shall be filled earliest as of 01 June 2023 and is limited to two years with a possible option of contract extension.


The selected senior researcher will work on violent conflict, reconstruction in (post-) conflict settings and state fragility. In particular, we seek a scholar with expertise on international cooperation in and after violent conflict, including different forms of cooperation spanning from crisis prevention to state- and peacebuilding and democracy support. A track record of excellent empirical research and experience in leading research teams as well as acquiring third party funding are key criteria. Advising national and international policy-makers on implications of research findings, as well as building and consolidating networks are substantial parts of the position. The researcher will also teach in the IDOS Postgraduate Programmes. Being a good team player is also essential.



Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PhD with very good grades ideally in political science or in other related social sciences;
  • An outstanding academic record with international peer-reviewed publications on topics relevant for the position;
  • An excellent command of quantitative and/or qualitative methods; demonstrated experience with mixed-method designs is an asset;
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in one or more of the following issue areas: peace and conflict research, in particular crisis prevention; state fragility; reconstruction in post-conflict settings, including state-, peace-, and democracy-building;
  • Research and field experience in non-OECD contexts and/or conflict-affected countries;
  • Proven skills and experience in policy advice, preferably in the context of international cooperation;
  • Experience and willingness to prepare third-party funding proposals
  • Ability to build and maintain networks at the science-policy interface;
  • Experience in teaching at university level;
  • Excellent English skills (spoken and written) and good knowledge of German; good knowledge in another major international language is an asset;
  • Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).



We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (100%)
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice”)
  • Possibility to use a subsidized Deutschland job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • Many more social and monetary benefits.



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


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference. We aim to promote the diversity of our employees and encourage applications from women, men and diverse people.


For further questions, please contact Dr. Julia Leininger (


Applications with the position number 2023-D-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by May 7th, 2023.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
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