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Senior Researcher of Global Development and Multilateralism

DIIS invites applications for a permanent position as Senior Researcher of Global Development and Multilateralism starting 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

DIIS is expanding its expertise on global development and multilateralism, including the UN, the EU, the AU and the development banks. Therefore, we are searching for candidates with a proven track record of high academic standards within this research field. Ideally, the candidate is interested in and has substantial knowledge and experience from working on development cooperation as conducting policy studies related to development cooperation is part of the assignment. We prefer candidates who are at the forefront of their discipline and have a strong international network within the research field.

The position is aimed at candidates who have:

  1. obtained their PhD within the social sciences or humanities,
  2. at least 3 years of relevant work experience at the postdoc/researcher level,
  3. qualifications at the associate professor level, and
  4. experience with conducting policy studies.
The candidate will contribute to the thematic and theoretical development of research, both within the relevant unit and across DIIS. The specific research and analysis field will be decided upon in collaboration with the relevant head of unit.

The candidate must have experience with publishing and communicating research results in an honest, transparent and accurate manner (in accordance with the Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity), and, preferably, also with disseminating the results, e.g. to the policy community.

DIIS’ senior researchers have excellent opportunities for developing and disseminating their research to their target groups, as 60 percent of the time is reserved for research, 20 percent for policy research and ad hoc work, and 20 percent for dissemination, administration and research education (e.g. supervision). Across the various types of tasks, one fifth of the time is to be spent on income-generating assignments, as external fundraising activities are a collective priority of the institute. Hence, documented results with and a willingness to actively pursue funding for research-based projects, consultancies etc. will be an advantage.

General Information

DIIS is a leading public research institute. Our aspiration is to strengthen independent research on international affairs, and on the basis of this to provide analyses and recommendations on Denmark’s opportunities within the wider area of foreign, security and development policy. DIIS aims to be at the cutting edge of multidisciplinary research, policy analysis and communication on global affairs.

DIIS offers a dynamic and innovative international research environment with a focus on professionalism, flexibility and mutual respect amongst all colleagues. As the institute’s tasks are varied, with a wide-ranging scope of activities, we expect our staff to be flexible. DIIS employs a relatively flat management structure with a high degree of staff involvement in freely and openly exchanging views on the institute’s internal and external issues. Employees play a proactive and constructive role in the DIIS community and are expected to be present at the workplace when not travelling. However, we also allow flexible working hours, seek to be a family friendly workplace, show consideration for each other and value different perspectives.

DIIS is a bilingual Danish-English workplace. Candidates may apply for the position without prior knowledge of Danish but are expected to learn the language within the first 3 years of employment, as we place equal importance on written communication and dissemination of knowledge in both languages.

The institute is situated in a modern building in the new waterfront city district of Copenhagen, Nordhavn. The district is located approximately 3 km from the city centre and offers excellent public transportation options. Visit to learn more about our institute.

Contract and renumeration

The position as Senior Researcher is a permanent position starting 1 June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Remuneration 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. Candidates from abroad may under certain conditions be eligible for a special researcher tax scheme.

The application

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for this position regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or disabilities.

An external evaluation committee will assess the applicants deemed qualified for the position.

The application must include all the following items in order be considered:

  1. A cover letter with your motivation for applying for the position
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Master’s and PhD diplomas
  4. Documentation of academic qualifications, including a complete list of publications
  5. Documentation of scientific dissemination (media participation etc.).
  6. Three to five central scholarly works must be uploaded electronically. However, if an electronic version is not available, books may be sent by post (please read more below*). Also please note that only works in a Scandinavian language or English will be accepted for assessment.
  7. A research statement of max 500 words (separate from the cover letter). The statement should give a proposal for how the candidate could make full use of their research profile within DIIS’ current research priorities and areas, preferably in an interdisciplinary context.
The application must be uploaded in DIIS’ electronic recruitment system (HR Manager) including all the above-mentioned documents. The deadline is 1 March 2020. Please note that the position can only be applied for through the link on the right.

Further information on the open position, profile of the institute etc. may be obtained from Director Kristian Fischer at

Questions regarding the application process, employment, remuneration etc. should be directed at

*The scholarly works must be uploaded electronically, however, if an electronic version is not available books may be sent by post (in three copies each). When posting books, please note that the electronic application must also include a list of the books sent by post. The package must be marked “Senior Researcher Global Development and Multilateralism” and addressed to: HR, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Østbanegade 117, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. The package must reach DIIS no later than 1 March 2020. Also, 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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