The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for a temporary position as Senior Research Associate within the field of Minority Studies
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From 1 May or shortly thereafter, ECMI seeks to man a temporary position due to a maternity leave. The vacancy is in the ECMI Politics & Civil Society Cluster. Minority Studies at ECMI cover research on national and ethnic autochthonous minority issues in Europe.
The successful candidate will fill a vacancy in the ECMI Politics & Civil Society Cluster. Responsibilities include conducting applied research as well as knowledge dissemination and knowledge transfer within the thematic area.
Co-operation with the other ECMI research clusters in multi-disciplinary research projects as well as with ECMI’s non-resident research network is also part of the responsibilities.
The temporary colleague will conduct his or her own research while also acting as a substitute where feasible in professional tasks. Other responsibilities include networking with relevant academic institutions and national and international organizations as well as media contributions in the area of minority issues.
The candidate will also be assisting in seeking external financing for projects and where necessary will assist in project management as well as supervision of younger members of research staff. Some travel is required.
Requirements and conditions
Candidates are required to document a Ph.D.-degree in political sociology as well as experience from previous positions. Prior knowledge from the field of Minority Studies and the European minority rights regime is desired.
Independent research skills, the ability to work in a team and guide younger researchers, as well as good communication skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Experience as consultant and with training of public servants is welcome. Knowledge of German is an asset.
A contract for nine months is offered. A Danish intergovernmental foundation under private German law governs the contract conditions. The successful candidate must take up residence at the seat of ECMI in Flensburg, Germany.
ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men thus explicitly welcoming applications from women as well as from candidates of any social, racial or ethnic background. ECMI is a non-smoking environment.
ECMI is an international cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and competence institution working directly with governments, civil society and international organizations in Europe.
ECMI aims to provide governments and the public debate with relevant information and analysis as well as to influence the European agenda-setting in the area of minority politics.
In collaboration with our field offices in Georgia and Kosovo and in co-operation with academic institutions, ECMI conducts applied research, training and advisory services in the area of minority-majority relations. ECMI also co-operates with local universities and ECMI research staff teaches relevant courses.
We offer an international and multilingual working environment with varied tasks and opportunities for travel. Our management structure is flat with a high degree of independence in senior research positions and opportunity to influence the work of the institution. Work at the Centre is marked by team spirit and focus on excellence, flexibility and mutual respect.
ECMI is located in the historical Kompagnietor Building by the old port of Flensburg, at the German-Danish border – a provincial town where two cultures live side-by-side and the quality of living is good. In addition to clean sea air, plenty of outdoor and water sports activities, Flensburg offers low living costs and good schools in both the German school system and the Danish minority school system. Flensburg is also within four hours travel of eleven good universities.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a CV and a publications list specifying publications in English. Short-listed candidates may be asked to provide copies of publications. Application material should be marked “Position P&CS”. It may be sent electronically to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (hansen[at]ecmi.de) no later than 28 April 2014. Short-listed candidates may be invited for interviews.
For information about living in Flensburg, contact Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen, or check our website.