The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for two positions as Project Research Associate within the field of “Minority Studies”. Minority Studies at ECMI cover research on national and ethnic autochtonous minority issues in Europe.
The main task of the two Project Research Associates will be to conduct research in the area of the minority protection regime in Europe with specific reference to the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.
The positions are to begin 15 September 2011 or shortly thereafter.
The position will focus on piloting indicators for the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The successful candidate will participate in the conceptualization and preparation of a major international advisory project currently under development. Prior knowledge of and experience with the Framework Convention is essential. Educational background in law and/or political science or sociology is required. For more on this position, please contact Dr. Tove H. Malloy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The position will focus on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the analysis of its impact on the use of minority languages in the public sphere of those states that have ratified the Charter. It relates to education, culture and cultural institutions, public administration, court proceeding, media and trans-frontier broadcasting. A set of comparable indicators will need to be developed. The position refers to an on-going practice-oriented research on ECRML and it is expected to publish the results in the ECMI system of publications or externally. Legal and/sociolinguistic/social sciences background, interest in the European autochtonous, traditional minorities and minority languages is required. Excellent English skills, French is an asset. Other languages e.g. Balkan languages, are most welcome. For more on this position, please contact Ms. Ewa Chylinski at email@example.com.
In addition to the specific project tasks, both positions will entail participating in the ECMI’s professional activities, such as assisting in editorial tasks and other publication tasks, in training and teaching tasks, project management and public relations.
Candidates are required to document a Phd-degree or an ABD in relevant disciplines. Good research skills, the ability to work in a team, and good communication skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Knowledge of German is an asset. Candidates without German language skills are expected to acquire these within a year or two.
Contracts are offered for one year with the option to renew for one more year pending project funds for the second year. Successful candidates are expected to take up residence in the region of Schleswig-Holstein or Southern Denmark. The ECMI is a German-Danish foundation under private German law. Remuneration is comparable to the German TVöD system. The ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men thus explicitly welcoming applications from women as well as from candidates of any social, racial or ethnic background. The ECMI is a non-smoking environment.
ECMI is an international cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and competence institution working directly with governments, civil society and international organisations in Europe. ECMI aims to provide governments and the public debate with relevant information and analysis as well as to influence the European agenda-setting in the area of minority politics. In collaboration with our field offices in Georgia and Kosovo and in co-operation with academic institutions, ECMI conducts applied research, training and advisory services in the area of minority-majority relations. ECMI also co-operates with local universities and ECMI research staff teaches relevant courses. See further www.ecmi.de.
We offer an international and multilingual working environment with varied tasks and opportunities for travel. Our management structure is flat with a high degree of independence in senior research positions and opportunity to influence the work of the institution. We value openness, dialogue and team-spirit and focus on excellence, flexibility and mutual respect. ECMI is located in Flensburg, at the German-Danish border – a provincial town where two cultures live side-by-side and the quality of living is good (www.flensburg.de/). In addition to clean sea air, plenty of outdoor and water sports activities, Flensburg offers low living costs and good schools in both the German and the Danish school systems. Flensburg is also within four hours travel of eleven good universities.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a CV and a publications list specifying publications in English. Short-listed candidates may be asked to provide copies of publications. Applications for more than one position will not be accepted. Application material should be marked “PRA”. It may be sent electronically to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 31 August 2011. Short-listed candidates may be invited for interviews. For information about living in Flensburg, contact Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen, or check our website at "Our Town"