Two vacant positions at European Centre for Minority Issues

Vacant positionsECMI invites applications for two positions as Senior Research Associate within the field of Minority Studies beginning 1 October 2013 or shortly thereafter.

Download this announcement as a pdf-file including application guidelines and deadline.

Minority Studies at European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) cover research on national and ethnic autochthonous minority issues in Europe.

The successful candidates will each head up one of our research clusters. Responsibilities include conducting applied research as well as knowledge dissemination and 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 new colleagues will take a lead in developing further the thematic area of their clusters. It is vital that the candidates evidence ability to conceptualize research programmes and projects according to the ECMI Synergy Wheel © Approach.

Other responsibilities include networking with relevant academic institutions, national and international organizations, as well as media contributions in the area of minority issues.

The candidates will also be responsible for seeking external financing for projects, and they will supervise project management as well as the professional development of younger members of the research staff.

Some travel is required. Both positions involve teaching in the ECMI summer school programme and a winter seminar at Flensburg University.

Position A is based in the Culture and Diversity Cluster
Position B is based in the Conflict and Security Cluster

Requirements and assets

  • Candidates are required to document a PhD degree in law, politics/IR, history or other social sciences as well as experience from previous research 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 two years is offered with renewal option. The ECMI is a German-Danish bi-national foundation under private German law which governs the contract conditions. Remuneration is determined on the basis of the candidate’s skills and German pay levels.

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 as well as equality on the basis of social, racial or ethnic background. ECMI is a non-smoking environment.

About us

The ECMI is an international inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and competence institution working directly with governments, civil society and international organisations in Europe. The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) headquarters is located in the historical Kompagnietor Building by the old port of Flensburg.

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