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Post-doctoral researcher in economics, political science or another quantitative social science with a focus on rigorous impact evaluations

ISDC – International Security and Development Center is a non-profit academic institute based in Berlin, Germany. We conduct research to improve lives and livelihoods shaped by violent conflict, fragility and humanitarian emergencies. While based in Berlin’s central Mitte district, the global relevance of our work leads us to engage in research projects around the world.

To expand our quantitative analyses of the impacts of peacebuilding programmes around the world, we are hiring a

Post-doctoral researcher
 in economics, political science or another quantitative social science
with a focus on rigorous impact evaluations

full-time or part-time

(salary and benefits are in line with public service regulations in Germany,
based on E13 TV-L)

The successful candidate will:

  • Co-design rigorous quantitative impact evaluations of peacebuilding interventions.
  • Collect and analyse micro-level panel data for such impact evaluations.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Berlin and at partner organisations to implement our projects successfully.
  • Work with qualitative researchers on mixed methods projects and approaches.
  • Present research findings at conferences and research seminars.
  • Disseminate research findings and coordinate related learning events for practice partners.
  • Publish research findings in leading peer-reviewed journals.
  • Develop new project proposals for future grants in this field.
  • Contribute to the management of our projects.

We expect:

  • A completed PhD in a relevant field (or being very close to completion).
  • Experience in designing and conducting rigorous impact evaluations, preferably in low-income countries.
  • Excellent quantitative skills in advanced statistical software like Stata and/or R.
  • Experience in collecting and analysing micro-level (panel) data.
  • Ideally, some experience in international economic development and/or peacebuilding.
  • Ideally, some experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and/or in mixed methods evaluations.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Some knowledge of German would be an advantage.
  • Additional language proficiency (especially in French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic) would be an advantage.

Employment for this position will be for 2 years (extendable), starting immediately or at a date to be agreed.

We offer:

  • An interesting job in an interdisciplinary research environment tackling cutting edge research topics and highly relevant policy questions.
  • Support for developing your research profile and your career, as part of a strong and dynamic team.
  • An attractive workplace in the Berlin area with very flexible work practices, including home office regulations.

Further information on ISDC may be obtained from www.isdc.org or Ms Myroslava Purska (purska@isdc.org). Please send your application including a cover letter, a detailed CV, at least two existing letters of reference and the names and contact details of two further academic referees by email as a single pdf file to jobs@isdc.org. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021; however, the position may be filled as soon as a suitable application is received.

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