GPPi Seeks a Research Assistant in Peace and Security (20 hours/​week)

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a part-time research assistant (20 hours per week) to contribute to the institute’s work on peace and security. The position is offered with a fixed-term contract for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension. The role is ideally suited for current graduate (master’s level) or advanced undergraduate students seeking their first experience in the think tank world. While the team is based at GPPi’s Berlin office, the current circumstances may allow exceptional candidates to work remotely.

We are looking for a dedicated, curious and detail-oriented individual to support our research project Nowhere to Hide” on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. The role includes independent open-source data collection as well as research and analysis support for analytical outputs. This position will also support our efforts to inform and advise government, multilateral and civil society stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Outstanding analytical skills and a strong academic background in the social sciences or a related field; 
  • An interest in international and regional security dynamics, atrocity prevention and/​or non-proliferation, specifically in the context of the Syrian conflict;
  • Initial experience conducting open-source research or investigations will be considered a major asset;
  • Great attention to detail, outstanding time management skills and the ability to handle several tasks independently and in parallel, shown through previous professional experience, major group projects at university or in extracurricular leadership roles (please provide specific details in your letter of interest);
  • Excellent spoken and written English (Arabic language skills will be considered a big plus);
  • The ability to work independently and remotely in a team context.

Starting date: From October 1. Please indicate your availability and time commitment per week in your application. 

GPPi offers a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany’s capital, a young and international team working in a strong global network, and a platform for innovative researchers to develop their research interests and sharpen their academic as well as professional profile. GPPi’s main working language is English.

Additional Information:

How to apply:

To apply, please send a single PDF document with your CV (no Europass and no pictures, please), a brief letter of interest, informal transcripts of your academic courses and grades, and two writing samples (existing work, ideally at least one piece making a policy argument, in either English or German) to applications@​gppi.​net. Please make sure to clearly state Part-time Research Assistant in Peace and Security” in the subject line. 

Closing date for applications: October 1, 2020. Early applications are encouraged and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. You can expect a confirmation that we have received your application within a few working days. After that, or if you have questions about the formal requirements for the position, you are welcome to inquire via email to applications@​gppi.​net.

Please do not call with questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications.