Job Vacancies: Post-doctoral Researcher in Integration/Repatriation Policy of Refugees (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

As an independent, non-profit organisation, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) deals with a wide range of global topics in the field of peace and conflict research centering on Conversion Studies. Our vision is a more peaceful world. Our mission is to conduct critical, problem-oriented, policy relevant research in response to the problems posed by organised violence. To strengthen our conceptual work we are seeking a:

Post-doctoral Researcher in Integration/Repatriation Policy of Refugees
Full-time position / Initial contract period: 3 years / Subject to funding / Starting date: 1 January 2015

Key responsibilities:
Research at BICC builds on personal responsibility and provides the framework for researchers to pursue own research ideas. The researcher will be actively involved in a team carrying out a three years research project on durable solutions to protracted refugee crises funded by the BMZ. The tasks of the researcher will include several phases of field research and the writing of academic and policy papers. The regional focus will be on the Middle East, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Western Africa as well as the Great Lakes Region. BICC aims to establish a long-term research focus on refugees.

– PhD degree in Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology, Political Sciences, Anthropology, Geography) or a closely related discipline (mandatory);
– Excellent regional background in one of the above mentioned regions;
– Research experience with one of the following topics: refugees, refugee camps, migration, local integration and reintegration programmes;
– Proven research record documented by excellent publications;
– Experience in qualitative field research methods as well as in cooperative research projects
– Expertise in policy advice;
– Very good command of spoken and written English. Working command of German would be advantageous; other languages are an asset.

For further information please contact Professor Dr. Conrad Schetter (

We offer:
– Full time contract for an initial period of three years with the possibility of extension. Payment follows the collective wage agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L), plus social benefits according to German public sector rules.
– The vacancy is subject to the release of funds by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).
– BICC is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled applicants shall be given preference if their skills and qualifications are equivalent to those of non-disabled candidates.

The successful candidate will work in an international team and be able to extend his/her network by national and international contacts from academia as well as practitioners.

The application shall include at least
– a motivation letter specifically addressing the position as well as the fields of interest;
– full curriculum vitae including academic qualifications (university degrees);
– publication list including a one-page summary of the PhD-thesis;
– three selected publications (preferably just URLs);
– names, addresses and email addresses of two referees.

Please send your application by 15 November 2014 as one pdf-file by e-mail to and indicate “7.14” in the reference line. Interviews are planned for mid-November.