Research Associate in Peace & Security

Job Type

Full Time




7 Reinhardtstraße
Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)


GPPi Seeks a Research Associate in Peace & Security

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a research associate to contribute to the institute’s work on peace and security policy. The successful candidate will be a native-level German speaker available full-time or part-time (at least 20 hours/week), initially on a fixed-term contract for 12 months. The position is based at the institute’s Berlin office.


We seek an entrepreneurial self-starter with a passion for peace and security issues in general, and an interest in conflict and atrocity prevention, intervention or peacebuilding in particular. In addition, the successful candidate will possess excellent analytical skills, extreme attention to detail, and outstanding writing and editing skills in both German (native or equivalent) and English. The successful candidate will join GPPi’s peace and security team and work primarily on German and European policy instruments in this field. The candidate’s responsibilities will include an editorial role with the PeaceLab blog, managing outreach channels (email newsletters, social media, websites), and supporting project administration as well as opportunities for policy research in the context of other GPPi projects. This is an entry-level position with the potential for rapid professional growth in different directions, depending on prior qualifications and personal interest. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop his/her own arguments through their own research and writing.


The successful candidate will have:


  • Excellent analytical skills and a strong academic background (Excellent analytical skills and a strong academic background (master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with relevant work experience);
  • Outstanding editing and writing skills in German and English (applicants should be native German speakers; prior experience in editing, copyediting and proofreading is an asset);
  • A strong interest in international peace and security, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, or related subject areas (prior research or professional experience in any of these fields is a plus);
  • Sound editorial judgement;
  • Extreme attention to detail, excellent time management skills, and the ability to handle several tasks independently and in parallel;
  • The ability to work independently in a team context.


Starting date: July 1 or August 1, 2018. Please indicate your availability and whether you are seeking a full-time or part-time position (minimum 50%). If applying for the part-time option, please indicate your availability. The part-time option is particularly suited to be combined with a PhD project.


GPPi offers a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany’s capital, a young and international team working in a strong global network, and an attractive platform for innovative researchers to develop their research interests and sharpen their academic as well as professional profile. Our working language is English.

Remuneration for this position depends on qualifications and experience.

GPPi is an equal opportunity employer.


To apply, please send your CV (no Europass and no pictures), a brief letter of interest, and two writing samples (existing work; one in German, the other in English) to Of the two writing samples, at least one should focus on policy. Please make sure to clearly state “research associate peace and security” in the subject line.


We will keep accepting applications until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged and you can expect to hear back within two weeks. After that, or if you have questions about the formal requirements for the position, you’re welcome to inquire via email to Please do not call for questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement