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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th June 2020
Closes: 29th August 2020
Job Ref: GIGA-20-06

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, growth and development, peace and security, and power and ideas. The GIGA seeks to appoint a 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Applications are invited for a full-time position, with a contract of 24 months, ideally starting 1 August 2020 (conditional on funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development). The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 14

The successful candidate will lead and coordinate the GIGA’s contribution to a research network on “Sustainable Global Supply Chains” that will be established by the GIGA (in its Research Programme “Growth and Development”) together with the German Development Institute, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. The aim of this new network is to synthesise, process, and mobilise existing knowledge for the evidence-based design of sustainable supply chains. The network also aims to generate new policy-relevant insights, for example on the impacts of sustainability standards/due diligence on trade, investment, and firms. 

Tasks will include:

  • Own applied research on global supply chains (about 50% of the time) and contributions to network publications (reports, policy briefs, blogs, etc.)
  • Leading and coordinating the GIGA’s contribution to the network; collaborating with network partners for the establishment and consolidation of the network
  • Mobilising and leveraging contributions from the network for the content of the network website
  • Coordination of a special issue in a renowned development journal on sustainable supply chains, including the coordination of a call for commissioned research papers 

Candidate qualifications:

  • Outstanding doctorate in economics, political science, or other social sciences
  • Expertise/relevant publications on global supply chains/value chains
  • Experience in knowledge transfer
  • Expertise in one or more of GIGA’s research regions
  • Relevant academic record demonstrated by publications in renowned peer-reviewed journals and/or leading publishing houses
  • Excellent methodological skills (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • English-language proficiency; German is an asset 

Part-time options will be considered, if so desired by the successful candidate. Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life are of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes the equality of all genders. 

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-20-06.) including relevant supporting documentation (cover letter, CV, short concept note of max. two pages on own potential research contributions, credentials/diplomas/certificates, max. two letters of recommendation (optional), list of publications, max. two work samples) to: 

Gabriele Tetzlaff, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA),

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
 (email applications are particularly welcome). 

Screening of applications will begin on 20 July 2020. 

For further information, please visit the GIGA homepage ( or contact Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay (email:, phone: +49 (0)40 – 42 825 763).                                                                                              

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