registration number: ZE-0121-ZfK-wmz-2022


Entry date:
November 1st 2022


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


December 31st 2025


Volume of employment:

Established in 1527, Philipps-Universität offers excellent teaching for approximately 22,000 students. With research in a wide spectrum of science, it faces the important issues of our time.

The Center for Conflict Studies, Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138 “Dynamics of Security”  is currently accepting applications for a

Postdoc researcher

The starting date is November 1st 2022 and the end date is December 31st 2025. The position is full-time with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13).
This third party-funded project investigates dynamics of securitisation and desecuritisation in international statebuilding. The overall goal is a historicisation of security-related practices and discourses of international statebuilding by the United Nations with a specific focus on the emergence of post-colonial forms of international rule in UN statebuilding. The project analyses international administrations of territories, specifically by the UN Trusteeship System and UN administrations, and large-scale peace- and statebuilding missions of the UN.

Here you find more information about the project and the collaborative research center:


  • carrying out research on key questions of subproject B05 “Securitisation and desecuritisation of trusteeship administrations in political transition processes”
  • participation in the work of the CRC/Transregio 138 “Dynamics of Securtiy”

It is a project position that is not limited in accordance with § 2 Paragraph 1 WissZeitVG.


  • a completed higher education degree (Masters or equivalent) in a social scientific subject
  • a PhD degree in a social science subject and on a topic relevant to the subproject
  • very good knowledge of English
  • competencies in text analysis methods especially for large text bodies are desirable
  • we further expect in-depth knowledge of the UN system and on the state of the art in international statebuilding research

Contact for further information

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker

+49 6421-28 24574


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction  of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application mentioning registration number as a single PDF file to before October 2nd 2022.

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