Research Officer

London School of Economics and Political Science - Department of Government

ERC-funded project: “Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups”

This is a fixed term appointment at 0.8 FTE for 3 years (36 months) from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2021

The Department of Government, a large and vibrant academic unit within the LSE, is seeking to appoint a research officer. The candidate will work with Dr Denisa Kostovicova, the principal investigator on the ERC-funded “Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding:  From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups.”

This interdisciplinary project will investigate how people interact with each other in response to the practice of post-conflict justice across national, ethnic, gender and age groups in different deliberative domains. The programme of mixed-method research will deliver fine-grained multi-language empirical analysis of patterns of discourse in four former Yugoslav countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Croatia) and advance the study of peacebuilding by generating a theory of justice interactions. The successful candidate will be a part of a multi-disciplinary team. She or he will benefit from training opportunities and participation in workshops and other events over the course of the research project.

You will have completed a PhD in Political Science or a related discipline. You will be experienced in qualitative research methods, have native or near native-level proficiency in Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian and/or Albanian, have conducted field work in any country of the Western Balkans and be comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team.

You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage your own workload and work to tight timescales.  A strong interest and research experience in the fields of transitional justice, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction would be an advantage, as would demonstrable evidence of innovation and creativity in research.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Denisa Kostovicova ( 

If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail: quoting the job title.

For further information about the post, please see How to Apply document, Job Description and the Person Specification. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 June 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

The post begins 1 October 2018. 

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