Research assistant in the ISSICEU project

The Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) is currently recruiting a part-time qualified research assistant to contribute to the work of the EU-funded international research project Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond (ISSICEU). The fixed-term position (50%) will start on January 1, 2015 and last until May 31, 2015 with an option to be extended until October 2015.

Within the framework of ISSICEU, SWP's sub-project explores the role of Turkey in the Caucasus and in particular Turkish influences on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. On the empirical level, the sub-project focuses on civil society, security and military policy as well as economic relations. On the theoretical level it aims at contributing to the interface between Political Sociology and International Relations.

The assistant’s responsibilities will involve a combination of support for research on the SWP subproject and project-related administrative tasks. This may include logistical support in organizing seminars for project participants, liaising with academic journals, maintaining contact with ISSICEU partner institutions, reporting to the EU, and similar tasks.


  • Above-average academic degree (MA) in the social sciences (political science, sociology, political geography or anthropology). PhD students are welcome to apply.
  • Experience in project administration and event organization, preferably within the framework of international or EU projects.
  • Solid knowledge of the Caucasus. Interest in empirical and theory-oriented research.
  • Fluency in German and English. Russian and/or Turkish skills are an asset.

Remuneration will be in accordance with the public sector collective wage agreement (TVöD (Bund)), remuneration group E 10. SWP promotes gender equality and encourages women to apply. The application deadline is 2nd of November, 2014. Please send your application to

Ludwigkirchplatz 3–4

10719 Berlin

or electronically: bewerbungen(at)

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The New Turkish Diaspora Policy

Its Aims, Their Limits and the Challenges for Associations of People of Turkish Origin and Decision-makers in Germany

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Europe as an Agent of Change

The Role of the European Court of Human Rights and the EU in Turkey’s Kurdish Policies

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