Junior Research Fellow in Global Studies
University of Gothenburg School of Global Studies

Junior Research Fellow for the Project “The perils of long-term peacebuilding in Cambodia and Mozambique”, with focus on Cambodia

Ref PAR 2021/611


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The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg invites applications for a ten-month full-time research fellowship in Peace and Development research. The position forms part of the three-year (2021 – 2023) multi-disciplinary research program The perils of long-term peacebuilding in Cambodia and Mozambique. The geographical focus of this part of the project is Cambodia (Mozambique is dealt with elsewhere). The project is funded by the Swedish Scientific Council and involves scholars from Sweden, Mozambique and Cambodia.

Description of the research project

The aim of this project is to pursue in-depth research of two well-documented and “successful” peacebuilding cases and as such address the long-term effects of intensive peacebuilding, with a view to identifying weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the implementation of liberal peacebuilding. It will contribute explicitly to the contemporary shift in peacebuilding policy towards a more contextual, human-oriented, and inclusive peacebuilding that takes into account the lessons learned regarding the long-term processes instigated by peacebuilding. In achieving this, it interrogates the trajectory of peacebuilding through an historical analysis as well as a contemporary one. Our central research problem is: What, given the long trajectory of peacebuilding initiatives and their implementation, does not work and why in Cambodia and Mozambique? There is a curiously similar development and timing in the two cases. In assessing this we will seek to identify the provenance of the recent tensions in both cases (which are jeopardising peace and stability). Particular research questions are theoretically and conceptually driven. They focus on long-term dilemmas of peacebuilding; the dynamics of ex/inclusion; the significance of grounding peace with the population; and, the possibility of an adaptive peacebuilding. This announcement focuses on the Cambodian case.

Job assignments

In close collaboration with other scholars within the project, the research fellow will:

(a) contribute to the theoretical/conceptual framing of long-term peacebuilding;
(b) assemble and review research literature and policy documents from a wide variety of sources pertaining to the Cambodian case;
(c) design and pursue qualitative research for the Cambodian case;
(d) write single-authored, and participate in joint-authored, publications;
(e) participate in suitable seminars, workshops and conferences.

The project includes funds for fieldwork as well as some funds for participation in programme meetings, regional workshops and international academic conferences.


Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree in Political Science, International Relations, or Development Studies. It is a junior position, but one which requires independent research of sophisticated nature. Preference will be given to candidates in the span of 3-7 years since their Ph D degree. Moreover, the project requires a researcher with extensive knowledge of Cambodia and the Cambodian peacebuilding context. Additionally, the successful candidate will have fluency in Khmer (Cambodia’s main language), established contacts with key stakeholders, experience of conducting field research in peace/governance studies, and excellent insight into the political evolution and intimate knowledge of the security situation in the country.


Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

(a) proven theoretical knowledge of peacebuilding and governance of post-conflict areas;
(b) proven, advanced and in-depth knowledge of the Cambodian political economy in general and its peacebuilding context in particular;
(c) demonstrated skills in qualitative research as well as experience from combining theoretical and empirical research;
(d) interest in, experience from, and capacity to, conduct research within a multidisciplinary and collaborative research context;
(e) interest and ability to communicate research results to non-academic stakeholders and audiences;
(f) fluency in written and spoken English and Khmer.


The position is a full-time employment for ten months with the standard conditions for Swedish universities. Interviews will be held in August 2021. Starting date is January 1st 2022, or per agreement.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact professor Joakim Öjendal, joakim.ojendal@gu.se


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in 2 copies to: University of Gothenburg, Andrea Iriarte, School of Global Studies, Box 700, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden. Clearly quote reference number PAR 2021/611 when sending complementary documents.

Applications should be written in English.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

Closing date: 31st of May 2021

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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