Job announcement: Short-term field research assistant position in Turkey

The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP Berlin) is looking for a field research assistant based in Turkey to contribute to the work of the EU-funded project “Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond” (ISSICEU,

ISSICEU aims at exploring various security-related issues in the Caucasus region and adjacent countries. The interdisciplinary research project stems from a successful bid for a call of the European Commission on “Security and democracy in the neighbourhood: The case of the Caucasus”. The ISSICEU consortium is led by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen and comprises a total of eight research institutions based in Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation.

The research assistant’s main task will be to map Turkish actors and influences in the context of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. In addition to desk and archival research, the work will involve organizing and conducting expert interviews in Turkey (which will also need to be transcribed and translated). The assistant will work in close contact with an SWP researcher based in Berlin. The candidate should be available full-time for ca. 1 month starting in mid- to late October (there is some flexibility concerning working times). The estimated work load will be 25 working days. Depending on performance and availability, there will be a possibility of prolonging the contract for two additional research phases in spring and fall 2015 (ca. 60 working days in total, subject to change).

Prior to research, the assistant will be expected to take part in a 2-day introductory seminar in Istanbul (preliminary dates: October 16-19, subject to change).

The remuneration rate will be 30 EUR/working day.


–          At least an MA degree in social sciences but preference with be given to current PhD students or PhD holders

–          Experience in conducting field research

–           Solid knowledge of the Caucasus region

–           Native Turkish skills.

–           Very good English language skills (data will need to be translated)

–          Interest in qualitative-interpretive research and methodology

–          Self-reliant, disciplined, able to work independently

–          Trustworthy

–          Able to do research on potentially sensitive topics

–          Preferably with an interest in an academic career

–          Preferably some experience in working as part of international research projects

Please send your letter of motivation and CV to Yana Zabanova at Application deadline: 26 September 2014 (early applications are strongly encouraged).



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