Research Associate in International Institutions University of Freiburg's Research Innovation Fund Germany

Consider making the switch to the University of Freiburg: It is one of the most renowned and strongest research universities in Germany, with a history spanning more than 500 years. You'll engage in top-notch research and teaching with a unique spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and people - right in the heart of one of Germany's most beautiful cities.

The University of Freiburg's human resources policy is oriented toward the principles of equal opportunity and diversity. The university is committed to the goal of creating a family-friendly university.

The University College Freiburg is looking for a
Research Associate in International Institutions (50%)
Part-time position (50%), start date: 01.10.2017

This research position is funded by the University of Freiburg's Research Innovation Fund, initially for the duration of 6 months (October 2017 – March 2018). The main task of the research associate is to participate in the research project “Happily Ever After: Authority and Legitimacy of International Organizations in the Process of Treaty Monitoring”. The successful candidate will work together with Dr. Liudmila Mikalayeva on developing the research proposal, which would offer further funding for the position. Additional funding possibilities, including teaching contracts, can be discussed.


The research project focuses on institutional innovations in international treaty monitoring: the ways in which treaty bodies of International organizations (IOs) exercise and expand their authority while monitoring the implementation of international treaties. The authority resources at the disposal of IOs, and the institutional innovations, aimed at developing and mobilizing authority resources are considered. The project uses conceptual tools from international relations and sociology of organizations to identify and explain variation in the use and success of innovations in different monitoring processes.


We expect candidates to have

- an advanced degree, Master or doctorate, in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology of Organizations, or Public Administration,
- an interest in and experience of interdisciplinary research in the field of international institutions,
- first experience of independent research and publication, and
- very good knowledge of English.


Commuting to Freiburg for a part of the week is possible. For employees of the University of Freiburg it may be possible to expand an existing part-time contract.
Successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on October 1, 2017.


Please send your application including CV, cover letter, and one writing sample.
The contract is a fixed-term contract for 6 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13. We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application with all relevant supporting documents, including the reference number 10495, by 20.08.2017 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address:

University College Freiburg
Dr. Liudmila Mikalayeva
Bertoldstr. 17
D-79098 Freiburg 

For further information, please contact Dr. Liudmila Mikalayeva at Tel. +49 761 203 67441 or E-mail

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