Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies – in conjunction with a Professorship (W3) for Society and Politics in Latin America in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg is dedicated to sustainability, equal opportunity, and family-friendly policies. We also prize cultural diversity, communication, and interaction among people from different backgrounds and with different lifestyles.

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is an equal-opportunity employer. It places great value on diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life.

The GIGA and Universität Hamburg have agreed on a joint appointment and invite applications for the position of DIRECTOR OF THE GIGA INSTITUTE OF LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (ILAS) in conjunction with a PROFESSORSHIP (W3) FOR SOCIETY AND POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences commencing as soon as possible, ref. no. 2278/W3.

The successful candidate is expected to teach and conduct research in the field of Latin American society and politics. As a professor of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences the incumbent will have teaching obligations of one course per semester (two teaching hours per week) and examination duties.

Section 12 subsection 7 sentence 2 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) applies.

The position as Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies (renewable 5-year terms) includes the permanent positions of researcher at the GIGA and the above professorship. Presence at the GIGA is required. As ILAS Director (see also Section 6 of the GIGA Charter), the successful candidate will mainly:

  • conduct and direct research at the ILAS (to be developed in conjunction with GIGA’s Research Programs as part of the Institute’s matrix structure); research collaboration with Universität Hamburg is expected;
  • manage the ILAS (including duties as member of the GIGA executive board and other bodies, mentoring, pastoral responsibilities towards staff, and responsibility for quality assurance); and
  • interact closely with policy makers (especially at the Federal Foreign Office) and represent the ILAS in the media and to the broader public.

Academic qualifications and additional requirements as specified in Section 15 HmbHG.

Further criteria:
Publications on society and politics in Latin America; experience in acquiring external funding and carrying out externally funded projects; experience in policy advice and knowledge transfer, as well as organizational and leadership experience should be demonstrated.

Academic training and expertise in comparative politics, political economy, international relations, political sociology, or related fields; outstanding academic record with a clear fit to the Faculty’s and GIGA’s research profile. Research specialization in one or more of the GIGA Research Programs will be an advantage. Proven international academic experience, especially well-established record of working on and with Latin America, including language skills relevant to the region; English language proficiency; (if applicable) willingness to learn German in due course.

We are looking for scholars with excellent leadership qualities and communication skills. Following hearings, selected candidates will be assessed to ascertain skills in the areas of management and human resources.

The University places particular emphasis on the quality of teaching and therefore requests that applicants provide details of their teaching experience and objectives.

In accordance with Section 14 subsection 3 sentence 3 HmbHG, Universität Hamburg and the GIGA seek to increase the proportion of women in teaching and research and encourage female academics to apply.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status will receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Cord Jakobeit at or +49 40 42838-3105.

The application deadline is 05.04.2018. Please submit your application, including standard documents (CV, list of publications, evidence of teaching competence, proof of experience in acquiring external funding and carrying out externally funded projects, copies of certificates of academic qualification, plans for research and teaching) and reference number 2278/W3 to:

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Präsidenten der Universität Hamburg
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg

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