Post-doctoral research fellow on Asia (growth and development) at GIGA (Hamburg)

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 four Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

Applications are invited for full-time positions, starting as soon as possible, each with an initial contract of three years and an option for additional three years, subject to a successful evaluation. The positions are 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.

We seek applications for each of the four Regional Institutes of the GIGA in connection to a specific GIGA Research Programme. The research profile and agenda of the candidates should have a clear fit with the following combinations:

1.) research profile on Africa with a focus on “Accountability and Participation” (Ref.-No. GIGA-17-13)

2.) research profile on Asia with a focus on “Growth and Development” (Ref.-No. GIGA-17-14)

3.) research profile on Latin America with a focus on “Peace and Security” (Ref.-No. GIGA-17-15)

4.) research profile on the Middle East with a focus on “Power and Ideas” (Ref.-No. GIGA-17-16)

The successful candidates will: – conduct excellent research fitting the respective Regional Institute’s and Research Programme’s research agenda and with impact in his/her field – be an active member of the respective Regional Institute and Research Programme – pursue a targeted publication strategy, acquire third-party funding, and conduct research-based knowledge transfer

Your qualifications: – Outstanding doctorate in political science, economics, sociology or other social science disciplines – Area expertise in the respective GIGA research region – Experience in interdisciplinary and comparative research and interest in comparative area studies – 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 – English-language proficiency; additional language skills relevant to the research region are an asset – Successful record in third-party funding acquisition is an asset

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your full application (in one PDF file) including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, credentials/diplomas/certificates, list of publications, max. two work samples, research concept for the first three years of max. three pages) indicating the specific reference number to:

1.) Ref.-No. GIGA-17-13 Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, Email:

2.) Ref.-No. GIGA-17-14 Kerstin Labusga, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Rothenbaumchaussee 32, 20148 Hamburg, Germany, Email:

3.) Ref.-No. GIGA-17-15 Frederike Aumann, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, Email:

4.) Ref.-No. GIGA-17-16 Kerstin Gohlke-Kosso, GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, Email:

Email applications are particularly welcome. Please prepare a single PDF file. Screening of applications will begin on 14 August 2017.

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