GPPi Seeks a Research Assistant in Peace & Security

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a part-time research assistant (1220 hours/​week) to join our team in Berlin. This position is particularly well-suited for current students.

We are looking for a team player who is keen to explore questions of international politics, peace and security with the help of rigorous methods and evidence. The right candidate will also have an interest in the world of policymakers, whose institutional constraints we study and whom we try to help to get the right things done. 

The focus of this position will be to support research on quantitative and qualitative analytical methods for foresight, forecasting, evaluation, and decision-making. The required research support will include academic work as well as studying real-world applications of future-oriented methods to support analyses in various contexts and policy fields, including but not limited to violence and crisis prevention. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn and sharpen their profile in this topic and shape the institute’s work in peace & security, as well as related areas such as global order and data & technology politics.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent analytical skills and a strong academic background in a relevant field (MA/​MSc student or BA student who has completed at least two years of study). 
  • Familiarity with research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Quantitative data analysis, predictive analytics, programming skills, or experience with qualitative foresight methods is a plus.
  • Outstanding communication and writing skills in English.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time and project management skills, and the ability to handle several tasks independently and in parallel in a mutually supportive team context.
  • A keen interest in conducting both academic research on analytical methods as well as investigations into decision-making in the public sector.
  • A passion for international politics, peace and security. Initial internship or work experience in this field is a plus. 

If you have work or volunteer experience in other, seemingly unrelated fields, feel free to explain how the skills you have learned are relevant to this position. We believe professional skills are transferable.

Starting date: As soon as possible, but no later than 1 March 2023 (with a preference for earlier starting dates). 

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 interests and sharpen their academic as well as professional profile. Our working language is English.

GPPi strives to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for colleagues of all backgrounds. We welcome and encourage applications from interested individuals regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability status, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief.

To apply, please send a single PDF document with your CV (no Europass and no pictures, please), a brief letter of interest, two writing samples (one of which should ideally address a policy-relevant topic), and informal transcripts of your academic courses and grades to applications@​gppi.​net. Please make sure to clearly state​“research assistant, peace and security” in the subject line. Also please clearly indicate your availability (starting date and capacity) and current status of enrollment, if applicable.

Closing date for applications: 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 are welcome to inquire via email to applications@​gppi.​net.

Please do not call for questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications.