JOB: Postdoctoral Fellow “Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America: Structures and Negotiations” (German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany)

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is one of Europe’s leading research institutes for area and comparative area studies, with a focus on Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as on interregional and global issues.

The GIGA seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research on migration and citizens’ rights in the framework of the international research network “Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America: Structures and Negotiations” ( Through, the GIGA cooperates with the Freie Universität Berlin, the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik) and the Ibero Amerikanisches Institut, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

Applications are invited for a full-time position, with a contract of 18 months, starting on 1 May 2014. If preferred, working hours may be reduced to part-time (75%), prolonging the duration of the contract accordingly. The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13/14 (75-100%). The position is offered conditionally upon receipt of funding.

The successful candidate will:

  • Conduct an empirical research project on the relation between inequalities and citizenship, and the renegotiation of those inequalities by migrants, as expressed through the struggle for political rights in both their countries of residence and their countries of origin;
  • Circulate the research results in the Working Paper series and publish them in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes;
  • Organize a scholarly workshop on the research topic and an outreach workshop at the GIGA’s Berlin Office to disseminate research results to public stake-holders.

Desired qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a relevant field of the social sciences (political science, sociology, economics, etc.);
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

The reconciliation of work and family life is of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes gender equality and actively encourages applications from women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration in those areas in which they are underrepresented.

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your application (Ref.-No. GIGA-14-03) plus relevant supporting documentation (including names and contact details for up to three references the institute could get in touch with during the selection process, max. two work samples, a max. 5 pp. project proposal, CV, list of publications, and copies of any relevant diplomas and certificates) to:

Stephanie Stövesand, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
Email: (email applications are particularly welcome).

Screening of applications will begin on 30 March 2014.

For further information on GIGA and, please visit: and

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