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Postdoctoral Researcher (M/F/T)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

Location: Essen - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2019
Closes: 20th October 2019

Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s leading research universities, encompassing the entire range of academic disciplines in a single and progressive campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across the traditional boundaries between academic subjects and faculties.

The Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht, IFHV) is an interdisciplinary central research institute at RUB. With its traditional strong focus on and expertise in international law, the institute fosters research and teaching in the field of Humanitarian Studies, including the participation of the Faculties of Law, Social Science, Geosciences, and Public Health.

The IFHV is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher (payment according to TV-L E 13), starting on 15 January 2020. The position is limited to three years (with the option of prolonging) and full time (39.5 weekly hours).

You would work at an institute with many national and international partners. Your primary task would focus on research and teaching of social sciences at the institute, specifically in the area of global governance and humanitarian action.

Your field of responsibility includes:

  • Independent research in social sciences, in the area of either international relations, global governance, peace and conflict studies, anthropology, regional planning studies or public health;
  • Obtaining external funding as well as planning, drafting, submitting and completing research projects, especially those with an international orientation;
  • Joint conception and academic monitoring of the NOHA Master’s program, including curriculum development and evaluation;
  • Preparation and teaching of innovative courses following a practical approach, in particular in the framework of the NOHA Master’s, where the language of instruction is English, but also (potentially) at the Faculty of Law in German;
  • Maintaining contact with existing networks of the institute as well as developing new networks to other research institutions and partners from the practical field in the areas of humanitarian action and international humanitarian law.

Your profile:

  • A doctoral degree (or equivalent) in social sciences;
  • Proven ability to obtain external funding for research projects and to carry out said projects;
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research;
  • Experience in higher education management and academic administration;
  • Experience in the planning and execution of research projects;
  • Cooperative work style, flexible, and strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written knowledge of English (and preferably German too);
  • International experience as well as long-term practical experience in humanitarian action.

RUB is an equal-opportunity employer and seeks to enhance a fair gender distribution in all job categories and at all levels. RUB welcomes applications from female applicants and persons with a disability.

Further information can be found on our website,, or by contacting the Managing Director of the IFHV, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger (, Secretariat Mrs. Mortimer/Mrs. Zastepinski (+49 234 32 27366).

Deadline to submit your application: 20 October 2019

Please submit a complete application (Letter of motivation, CV, list of your publications and successfully obtained external funding, overview of teaching experience (incl. evaluations, if applicable)) by email to (PDF file/one document) or by mail to: Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht (IFHV), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Herrn Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, Geschäftsführender Direktor, Massenbergstraße 9 B, 44787 Bochum, Germany.

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