The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for two positions as Senior Research Associate within the field of “Minority Studies” beginning 1 September 2017. Minority Studies at the ECMI cover research on ethno-cultural groups and autochthonous national minority issues in Europe.
Successful candidates will head up one of our research clusters:
They will take a lead in developing further the relevant clusters in line with the ECMI mission and mandate. Responsibilities include conducting action-oriented research for policy recommendations and for development of programming in target countries; knowledge transfer and trainings within the thematic and geographic areas; promotion of dialogue through workshops and seminars; co-operation with stakeholders, international organisations and donors; fundraising and project management. The position-holders will also be in charge of developing applied research projects in areas of interest and concern for cluster strategies, including research aimed at dissemination and documentation as well as international research co-operation and supervising young researchers. Co-operation with the other ECMI clusters in multi-disciplinary research projects as well as with ECMI’s non-resident research network is also part of the responsibilities. The position-holders will participate in the ECMI co-operation with international organisations, such as the Council of Europe and the OSCE; they will also be involved in the ECMI teaching seminars and will have an opportunity to supervise master students.
Requirements and conditions
Candidates are required to document a PhD-degree in the relevant discipline and work experience in relevant international organisation(s), NGOs or public administration. The ability to work in a team and under time pressure, good organisational skills and the ability to communicate well in written and spoken English are necessary. Independent research skills and experience with guiding younger researchers is an asset. Knowledge from the field of Minority Studies and the European minority rights regime is required preferably documented through a proven record of publications. Experience as consultant and with training of public servants is welcome. Fluency in English is required, and knowledge of an eastern European language and German is an asset.
A contract for two years is offered with renewal option. The ECMI is a German-Danish intergovernmental foundation under private German law which governs the contract conditions. The successful candidate must take up residence at the seat of the ECMI in Flensburg, Germany and must be willing to travel extensively.
The ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men while welcoming applications from candidates of any ethnic or social background. The ECMI is a non-smoking environment.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation, 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 A” or “Position B” as per preference. It is not possible to apply for both positions. Applications may be sent electronically to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (hansen[at]ecmi.de) no later than 28 June 2017. Interviews will be conducted during the week of 10 July 2017.