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Researcher/Senior Researcher to the research unit on Global Security and Worldviews at DIIS

Can your research broaden our understanding of the sociological, technological, politological, or ideological dimensions of global security issues? Then you might be our new Researcher or Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).


The position is expected to commence on 1 December 2020 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.

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.

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


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.

The unit Global Security and Worldviews is characterized by a focus on global and transnational security trends and the significance of threats/power transitions/worldviews that supersede the sole significance of the state perspective. The interplay between different scales (local, national, global) of analysis for understanding contemporary security issues is also a defining trait of the unit’s focus. We are seeking a new colleague who could contribute to at least one of the major themes that define our research focus:

  • Mass mobilisation and transnationalisation: What role does technology, media, ideology, religion, emotions, or worldviews play?
  • Competing conceptions of order: What visions of order do non-state actors or other types of sociopolitical movements draw on, when they challenge established power structures?
  • Interventions and security practices: How do global, regional, national, and local actors approach conflict management, state-building, and stabilisation efforts – and with what consequences?
  • Conflict escalation and new forms of war/warfare: How are contemporary conflicts impacted by new technologies such as artificial intelligence, by new threats such as cyber warfare or other forms of grey zone warfare like disinformation?

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 or through lectures, thereby giving DIIS a strong and competent voice within your research field. Securing external funding is a joint task for the whole institute, and you are therefore also expected to spend time on income-generating assignments.

We expect you to:

  • hold a master’s as well as a PhD degree within the social sciences or humanities.
  • have qualifications at the level of Researcher (Assistant Professor) or Senior Researcher (Associate Professor)
  • if applying as a Senior Researcher, have at least 3 years of relevant work experience at the level of Postdoc/Researcher/Assistant Professor (due to the eligibility requirements of DIIS)
  • 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


Deadline for applying is Sunday 23 August 2020 at 24:00 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 your research and geographical focus fits the thematic characteristics of both the research unit and 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.

Do you want to know more?

Visit to learn more about DIIS as a workplace. Questions regarding employment and renumeration can be sent to If you have inquiries regarding the professional focus of the position, you can contact Senior Researcher and Head of Unit Mona Sheikh at or Director Kristian Fischer at

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