Research Fellow with a thematic focus on climate change, foreign policy and law (m/w/d)

At the earliest possible date and limited to two years (with the option to extend), we are looking to fill the following position: Research Fellow (m/w/d; 100%, based on TVöD 13), Reference Number: 51-2021 with a thematic focus on climate change, foreign policy and law with the Center for "Climate and Foreign Policy".

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) provides research and strategic advice on current topics and trends in German foreign policy. As an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization of experts and members, it has been shaping the foreign policy debate in Germany for more than 60 years and contributes to the international communication of German policy.

The newly established Center will conduct interdisciplinary research on the foreign policy implications of the climate crisis and provide policy advice. The thematic priorities of the Center are the impacts of climate change on migration and human security as well as the intersection of climate policy and geo-economics.

The Research Fellow conducts research and provides policy advice on climate impacts and human security. The Research Fellow’s range of topics mainly include the preparation of scientific articles and opinion pieces on climate impacts, migration, and human security.

Your responsibilities:

  • Independent development and processing of policy-relevant research questions and corresponding publications in the above-mentioned research area;
  • Advising decision-makers in politics, business and civil society;
  • Researching and contributing to joint publications of the Center;
  • Commenting in the media, public relations work, presentation of research to the public;
  • Establishment of international collaborations, partnerships and networks;
  • Support fundraising work to diversify and sustainably establish funding for the research area;
  • Thematic conceptualization and organizational implementation of events.   

Your background and skills:

  • Completed university studies (master’s degree or higher) in law, international relations, international law or similar fields of study;
  • Interest in carrying out transdisciplinary work;
  • Professional experience in research-based work or policy consulting;
  • Ability to carry out research-based work independently;
  • Preferably publications on legal issues related to international climate policy (e.g., climate change and displacement, human rights issues, European climate policy, transnational loss and damage);
  • Confidence in handling project work (communication, coordination, reporting, management);
  • Strong teamwork skills, high resilience and flexibility;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Preferably good knowledge of German
  • Confident text and expression skills and the ability to communicate scientific findings to a broad audience.

What we offer:

  • A responsible, exciting, and varied job in an open-minded, interdisciplinary team;
  • An activity at the interface between science and practice;
  • Contact with national and international personalities from politics, business, media, and civil society;
  • Flexible working hours.

We are looking forward to talking with you!

If you have any questions regarding the content of the position, please contact Mr. Tim Bosch (; +49 (0)30 254231-213). We look forward to receiving your detailed application including certificates and information on your earliest possible starting date. Please send your application as one single PDF file, quoting the reference number 51-2021, to the attention of Dr. Kira Vinke ( closing date for applications is October 24th, 2021.  Disabled applicants will be given preference if they are equally qualified. In addition, professional equality between women and men is promoted. We are happy to receive applications from people with a migration background. Please note that only applicants who are invited to a selection interview will be contacted.

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