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

Research assistant

Published: 2022-01-03

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

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. 85 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 Ph. D. programme. For more information, visit

The department is now looking for a research assistant (full time position, 9 months employment), for the project "Conflicts, Connections, Complexities: Towards a Multi-layered Understanding of Civil War", with project leader Desirée Nilsson. Start date 1 March 2022, or as otherwise agreed.

Project Description

The aim of this project is to better understand why some civil wars become complex interlinked patchworks of different conflict types while others do not. It poses the research question: why and how do some state-based armed conflicts become inter-linked with other types of organized violence, and how does this influence the resolution of these conflicts? The project uses quantitative and qualitative methods combined to address this pivotal research question. The empirical analysis draws on global datasets on organized violence as well as in-depth information on civil war cases such as Sudan, South Sudan and Syria.


The duties include various research assistant tasks such as organization and analysis of archival material; writing, editing, and formatting of research texts; preparing and transcribing interviews; preparation of drafts of research chapters and articles; management and analysis of quantitative data, as well as review of secondary literature.


Master degree in peace and conflict studies or equivalent; excellent English skills (both verbal and written); very good collaborative ability and ability to work independently; good knowledge of scientific methods; ability to independently analyze data and to develop scientific texts on a scientific basis. Emphasis will also be placed on personal suitability.


Experience of data collection/management and/or analysis, especially in peace and conflict research or similar; good knowledge of literature on the causes, dynamics and resolution of civil wars; good knowledge of statistics and statistics programs; interview experience.

About the employment

Salary: Individually negotiated salary. Starting date 1 March 2022 or as otherwise agreed.
Type of position: Temporary position (full-time/100%), ending 2022-11-30.

For further information about the position please contact: Desirée Nilsson,

Please submit your application by 28 January 2022, UFV-PA 2021/5015.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

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: Individually negotiated salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/5015

Last application date: 2022-01-28

Login and apply

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Socioloxy


All Jobs


Harvard University Academic Positions

Kuwait University Current Faculty Openings

Osaka University Academic Opportunities

Purdue University Job Postings for Faculty Positions

Texas Tech University Faculty Openings

Tsinghua University Job Postings

University of Cambridge Job Openings

University of Geneva Faculty Opportunities

University of New South Wales Job Openings

University of Nottingham Research Positions

University of Oslo Academic Jobs

University of Saskatchewan Faculty Positions

University of Southampton Research Vacancies

University of Tokyo Current Academic Vacancies

University of Toronto Open Faculty Positions