Ausschreibung: Head of IFSH’s Berlin office

The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) is seeking, as soon as possible,

Head of IFSH’s Berlin office
(100%, TV-AVH EG 14, contract until 12/2022)

IFSH Hamburg is about to establish an office in Berlin which will serve as a representative office for the capital. The future head of the Berlin office will coordinate interactions with politics and society and make a significant contribution to raising the public profile of IFSH’s research and consulting activities. The core task of the Berlin office will be to actively shape academic, political and societal discourses on key IFSH research topics, in particular on arms control and emerging technologies, security and defense policy challenges in Europe, and opportunities for shaping international peace orders. IFSH Hamburg is already closely cooperating with the Federal Foreign Office, international research institutions and think tanks. The office will be set up as part of the research and transfer project „Arms Control and New Technologies“. The project is being carried out with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office.

The IFSH is an interdisciplinary research institution at the University of Hamburg funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, analyzing current developments and challenges for peace and security with a focus on the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian areas. Transferring knowledge from research into politics and society is a fundamental component of the Institute’s work.

For the management of the Berlin office we are looking for an ambitious personality with great communicative talent, strategic foresight and a determined interest in arms control policy issues and questions of international peace and security policy.

Your tasks
– You are responsible for the establishment and management of the Berlin office; this includes personnel responsibility for a small team.
– You communicate research results to political decision-makers and the interested public by organising talks, background discussions, and public events, and through scholarly and policy-relevant publications, especially in the fields of arms control and new technologies.
– You ensure a close content-driven and personal link between the Berlin office and IFSH Hamburg and you participate actively in the work of IFSH’s research program on „Arms Control and Emerging Technologies“.
– If necessary, you collaborate with other research programs at the IFSH and thus help to represent the entire spectrum of the Institute in Berlin.

Your Profile
– You have a university degree in social or the natural sciences or another degree relevant to the position. You have completed, or are in the final phase of completing a doctorate in a relevant field. Alternatively, you have a comparable level of work experience.
– You are interested in a sustained dialogue between science, political practice and society, in communicating complex scientific issues, and in building national and international networks.
– You are confident in interacting with national and international political decision-makers and the interested public.
– You have a talent for organising medium-sized and larger events and leading smaller teams.
– You think strategically and have an excellent written and oral command of German and English.
– International professional experience and relevant international networks are an advantage.
– Excellent communication skills, team spirit, a hands-on attitude, and a love of details are required.

The IFSH aims to promote the careers of women and is therefore particularly interested in applications from women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Women with the required qualifications are given priority in these areas within the scope of the Hamburg Equal Opportunities Act. People with disabilities are also explicitly invited to apply.

Please send electronic applications only to by April 26th, 2019 (a pdf file with a maximum size of 8 MB).

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg
Ms Britta Fisch
Beim Schlump 83
20144 Hamburg Germany

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Ursula Schröder (, Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck ( or Dr. Ulrich Kühn (