Job announcement: Researcher (f/m/diverse) on Contested Mobility

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.


The Research Programme on “Transformation of Political (Dis-)Order” is looking for a


Researcher (f/m/diverse)

Full time 100% (39 hours/week)

Salary from € 55.000 p.a. up to € 80.000 p.a.

(German public sector tariff, up to TVöD Bund 13/14 depending on qualifications)

Position No. 2021-D-01


The position shall be filled as soon as possible and is currently limited until 31  December 2022 with a possible option of contract extension subject to approval of funds.


The successful candidate will be part of the “Contested Mobility” research team, a cross-departmental and multidisciplinary team researching migration and refugee policy in the Global South. The new holder of the position is expected to contribute to innovative and methodologically demanding empirical research with a focus on East and/or West Africa.


We are looking for an individual with strong research and communication skills who can independently conduct excellent empirical research and provide sound policy advice at national and international levels and who enjoys working in teams.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Excellent academic record based on a master's degree and (preferably) a PhD in political science or other related social science;
  • Substantial knowledge in the area of migration and forced displacement, migration governance/migration policy in the Global South, preferably with a focus on Africa;
  • Proven experience in empirical policy research;
  • Substantial knowledge in at least one of the following issue areas: urbanisation; state fragility;
  • Experience in applying qualitative methods of empirical research in non-OECD countries; additional experience in quantitative methods is an asset;
  • Research or professional experience in the Global South, ideally in more than one world region;
  • Experience in translating research into policy advice is a strong asset;
  • Fluent spoken and written English; preferably proficiency in another major international language; good command of German is an asset;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate (“Tropentauglichkeit”).


We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (100%)
  • Possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • A modern and interesting workplace with a good working atmosphere.


The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would like applications from women, men and diverse people.


For further questions, please contact Dr. Jörn Grävingholt.


Applications with the position number 2021-D-01 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 2 May 2021. Interviews are expected to be held during the last week of May 2021.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
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