Research Associate

University of Hamburg – Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy

The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) has a vacancy for a postgraduate student (doctoral level, PhD or equivalent) as a

Research Associate

to be remunerated at pay group 13 of the public sector pay agreement of the City of Hamburg (TV-AVH), pro rata for 65% of a standard working week, for a period of three years from 1 April 2018.

The IFSH is an interdisciplinary research institute with an international reputation. It is supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The IFSH is dedicated to excellence in research and fully integrated in relevant international networks. It concentrates on questions at the intersection of peace and security, with a geographical focus on the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian areas.

Key responsibilities
The research associate will conduct research as part of the DFG-funded research project:

"The Knowledge Politics of Security in the Anthropocene"

The project is led by Dr Delf Rothe and located in the field of Critical Security Studies. Within the project, the successful candidate is expected to conduct his or her own PhD project on the anticipation and premediation of geoengineering security risks. Geoengineering refers to a range of attempts to intervene in the global climate system to prevent dangerous global warming. Given the complexity of the global climate and resulting uncertainties, however, human interventions into this system bear considerable risks. The research associate will study how (and with which methods) future risks of Geoengineering are anticipated and how this knowledge in turn feeds into present policy proposals to govern the security risks of Geoengineering.

Further information on the project can be found here:

Besides conducting your own PhD project, we expect you to participate in the planning and organization of project workshops, to present project results at international conferences, and to contribute to outreach activities (project homepage, public panels).

The position does not include any teaching duties.

We offer:

  • The possibility to develop and conduct your own PhD project in an open interdisciplinary environment.
  • Intense supervision and a broad range of PhD training courses and programs.
  • The chance to profit from an existing network of international contacts and the possibility to present your project at international conferences and project workshops.
  • The possibility of cooperating in interdisciplinary working groups at the IFSH as well as the research group “Climate Change and Security” of the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) Hamburg.

We expect the following skills and qualifications:

  • A degree (M.A. or equivalent) in the field of Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Postcolonial Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, or similar.
  • Fluent English language skills.
  • A high degree of self-motivation and the willingness to work on interdisciplinary collaborative projects.
  • Knowledge of core debates in the field of International Relations and/or Critical Security Studies.

The following skills and qualifications are desirable:

  • Existing experience with one or several of the following research areas: international climate politics, risk and resilience, science and technology studies, visual politics.
  • Familiarity with discourse and/or praxis theory (poststructuralism, actor-network-theory, etc.).
  • Basic familiarity with academic research (e.g. through internships, previous positions as student assistant, conferences, etc.).

The IFSH is seeking to raise the proportion of women among its academic staff and thus particularly encourages women to apply.

Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.


Please send your application as a single PDF file by 5 February 2018 to (max. 5 MB).

For further information about the position or the project please contact Dr Delf Rothe via email at

Please do not send any original documents as part of your application, as these will not be returned. Following the conclusion of the process, all printed application material will be destroyed. An exception can only be made if an adequately stamped and self-addressed envelope is provided along with the application.

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