Research Assistant in Politics Department Free University of Berlin, Central Institute John F. Kennedy Institute Germany

Zentralinstitut John-F.-Kennedy-Institut
Politics Department

research assitant
with 65% part-time job
limited to 2 years
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU
Kennung: TATAS WiMi

Job description:

Research collaboration on the DFG project “Trust and Transparency in an Age of Surveillance” (TATAS). The project aims to research the relationship between security surveillance, public trust in government, and policy transparency by addressing three questions: First, how can we theorize the intersection of trust, transparency, and surveillance as a system of concepts? Specifically, how do trust and transparency limit or enable the expansion of surveillance as a technology of governance? Second, how can we apply these insights to an empirical study of surveillance practices in American and European security policy? Specifically, how have American surveillance policies and legal debates affected surveillance practices and policies in Europe? Third, in light of the theoretical and empirical findings,how can we assess policy mechanisms for governing surveillance practices? The project will include comparative case studies of the US, Germany, and Poland, and is undertaken in collaboration with the Jagiellonian University of Poland. Contribution to the conceptual and theoretical framework of the project. Collaboration on case study research, including field interviews with policymakers in the US and Poland. Assistance in the organization of workshops, conferences, and the preparation of publications. The position is an ideal starting point for developing a PhD project, for finishing up a PhD project already in progress, or as a transition from PhD to Postdoc. The PhD project should be thematically related to the TATAS project. An affiliation with the Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) is possible.



A completed Master’s degree in Political Science or a related Social Science discipline and an excellent academic record. A substantive interest in security or surveillance policy and their implications for democracy. Excellent German and English language skills; knowledge of Polish is desirable. Willingness to take initiative, excellent communication and team skills, experience in conducting a research project.



Academic specialization in international relations, foreign policy, or democratic theory. Familiarity with American, German, and/or Polish security policy. Familiarity and experience with qualitative methods.


Further information is provided by Frau Prof. Dr. Lora Viola ( / +49 30 838 52852).


All applications quoting the reference code should be addressed no later than 19th February, 2018 to


Free University of Berlin
Central Institute John F. Kennedy Institute
Politics Department
Prof. Lora Viola
Lansstr. 7-9
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
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