Researcher or Senior Researcher with a focus on International Political Economy

Do you have in-depth knowledge of International Political Economy? And do you want to work with research projects focusing on international affairs using your economic tools and insights? Then you might be our new Researcher or Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

About DIIS and the position

One of DIIS’ absolute hallmarks is our long-standing tradition of contributing to the development of academic research and providing research-based input to policymakers and public debate. You will become part of an inspiring, vivid knowledge environment at an institution which aims to be at the forefront of multidisciplinary research, policy analysis and dissemination on global affairs. It is essential that you are ready to engage in cross-disciplinary cooperation and value input to and from colleagues with different approaches, as mixing different disciplinary backgrounds and theoretical approaches is a large part of DIIS’ DNA.

As a Researcher or Senior Researcher, we expect you to contribute to the thematic and theoretical development of both the unit’s research and of DIIS’ research in general. You will have plenty of time to focus on your research, as you do not have teaching obligations. In return, you are expected to both publish academically and communicate your research on relevant media-platforms, at public seminars and webinars or through lectures, thereby giving DIIS a strong and competent voice within the field of International Political Economy. Securing external funding is a joint task for the whole institute, and you are therefore also expected to spend time on income-generating assignments.

Your research areas could include some of the following topics:

  • Economic systems, treaties, and models
  • Foreign economic policy and great power-relations
  • Economic transformations in context of disruptions of global politics, democracy, and world order
  • Global governance and political economy
  • Economic development and the Global South
  • Economic inequality and its possible implications for foreign policy
  • Foreign direct investments and international capital flows, including in the Global South
  • Banking, finance, and international cooperation
We expect you to:

  • hold a master’s as well as a PhD degree in economy or within the social sciences
  • have qualifications at the level of Researcher (Assistant Professor) or Senior Researcher (Associate Professor)
  • if applying as a Senior Researcher, at least 3 years of relevant work experience at Postdoc/Researcher/ Assistant Professor level (due to the eligibility requirements of DIIS)
  • focus more on political aspects than technical models in your methodological approach
  • have a strong list of peer-reviewed publications and experience with policy work
  • have experience with publishing and communicating your research results to external target groups
  • show documented results of successful external funding activities
  • be a skilled communicator in both written and oral English
DIIS as a workplace

We offer an attractive and inclusive workplace where our employees can develop. We consider knowledge sharing and feedback essential to creating a dynamic workplace. We expect you to participate proactively in the common efforts of the institute. We prioritize a high degree of presence but want our employees to have a good work-life balance. Therefore, we offer flexible working hours and some possibility of working from home. As DIIS is a bilingual Danish-English workplace, non-Danish speakers are expected to learn Danish within the first 3 years of employment with support from the institute. We are located in Copenhagen’s new waterfront city district, Nordhavn, approx. 3 km from the city centre with excellent public transportation options.

DIIS is a diverse workplace and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply for this position regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or political beliefs. Furthermore, DIIS is a workplace where we consider the environmental consequences of our activities, which is why we strive to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices both in our daily business at DIIS and in our travel activities.

Contract and renumeration

The position is expected to commence on 1 May 2021 or shortly thereafter. You are to expect travel activity in the position. If you apply as a Senior Researcher, the position will be a permanent, fulltime position, while the position as Researcher will be a temporary 3-year position – over the course of the contract, DIIS and the Researcher may agree to prolong the period of the contract or to convert the position into a permanent Senior Researcher position.

Renumeration and other job conditions follow the general agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and the Danish Ministry of Finance as well as local collective agreements at DIIS. As such, the starting salary for a researcher is 459,766 DKK excl. pensions, while for a Senior Researcher the starting salary is 481,751.33 DKK excl. pensions. In addition, the local salary agreement has a possibility for a personal supplement amounting up to 60,000 DKK depending on the researcher’s relevant qualifications. Conditional on the specific tasks and projects, function supplements may also be relevant. A pension contribution of 17.1 % is added to the above-mentioned salary.

Candidates living abroad may under certain conditions be eligible for a special researcher tax scheme. The scheme offers a gross tax rate at 27 % plus labour market contributions, totalling 32.84 %, for a period of seven years. Read more about the tax scheme at https://skat.dk/skat.aspx?oid=2244911

Do you want to know more?

Visit www.diis.dk/jobs to learn more about DIIS as a workplace. Questions regarding employment and renumeration can be sent to hr@diis.dk. If you have inquiries regarding the professional focus of the position, you can contact Director Kristian Fischer at krif@diis.dk.

The application

Deadline for applying is Monday 30 November 2020 at 23:59 CET.

Please note that we only accept applications through DIIS’ electronic recruitment system (HR Manager). Your application must include all the following documents:

  1. A motivational letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV/résumé)
  3. Master’s and PhD diplomas
  4. Documentation of academic qualifications, including a complete list of publications
  5. Documentation of policy work and scientific dissemination (media participation etc.)
  6. A research statement of max 500 words (separate from the cover letter). showing how you could full use of your research profile at DIIS.
  7. Three to five scholarly works* – only works in English or a Scandinavian language will be assessed.
Applications go through a shortlisting process before being sent for external assessment. The assessment process may take up to several months depending on the number of applications.

*) The scholarly works must be uploaded electronically. If an electronic version is not available, books may be sent by post in three copies each. When posting books, please note that you must also upload a list of the books sent by post as part of the electronic application. The parcel must be marked “Political Economy” and addressed to Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), att. HR, Østbanegade 117, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Please note that DIIS will only return the books if the return address is clearly noted on the parcel as well as in the electronic application.


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