Research Assistant in Peace and Conflict Research
Uppsala University Department of Peace and Conflict Research

2 Research Assistants in Department of Peace and Conflict Research

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The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. Currently approx. 80 persons are employed at the Department and at present some 300-400 students are enrolled every academic year. Courses offered include undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as a PhD programme. For more information, visit

The department and the two projects “The Continuation of Conflict-related Violence in Postwar Cities: Mapping violence at the street level”, and “Urban-rural dynamics of community-based conflict management” are now looking for 2 research assistants, for 12 months employment. 

More information about the two projects:

1) “The Continuation of Conflict-related Violence in Postwar Cities: Mapping violence at the street level” (Project leader Emma Elfversson) started up in January 2020 with funding from the Swedish Research Council and will run through 2024.

The project will establish a comprehensive dataset on conflict-related violence in postwar cities where events are disaggregated at the street level. This novel data will be used to analyse where within postwar cities violence tends to cluster, and together with in-depth analysis of selected cases assess theoretical explanations for the variation in conflict-related violence within and across postwar cities. More information about the project can be found here:

2) “Urban-rural dynamics of community-based conflict management” (Project Leader Kristine Höglund), started up in 2020 with funding from the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS).

The project analyses how rural and urban contexts impact on community policing as a strategy for conflict management and violence prevention, using both qualitative and quantitative methods and focusing on Kenya. More information about the project can be found here:

Expected tasks:

The tasks primarily include collection of data, but may also entail routine administrative/project management tasks, workshop assistance and miscellaneous writing tasks. The research assistants will report to the project leaders, and work closely with other research assistants and researchers within the two projects.

Qualifications and required skills:

  • Bachelor degree within peace and conflict studies or a related field
  • Good knowledge within the field of peace & conflict research
  • Basic software skills, including familiarity with Excel
  • Excellent proficiency in English (reading and writing)
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Attention to detail and exactness, analytical and problem-solving skills, and good interpersonal abilities


  • Studies in peace and conflict at the Master level (highly meritorious)
  • Previous experience with data collection (coding), particularly conflict-related data.
  • Proficiency in GIS analysis, and/or knowledge of software for statistical analysis such as R.
  • Fluency in another major international language, such as Spanish, French or Arabic.
  • For the position connected to both projects, previous experience working in/conducting research on Kenya.

Application: Please include relevant samples of writing in your application.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: As per agreement, but no later than 15 September 2020.

Type of employment: Temporary position ending 31 August 2021 (total of 12 months).

Scope of employment: 100 % per person

For further information about the position please contact: Emma Elfversson,

Please submit your application by 25 May 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1359.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 2

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Saco-rådet
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/1359

Last application date: 2020-05-25

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