Research Associate "Strategic Research Development"

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THE NEW INSTITUTE is an experimental initiative aimed at developing social imaginaries for future societies. We combine academic rigor with innovative practice to inspire, promote and implement societal change. We try to close the gap between insight and action by bringing together academics from different disciplines with politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and artists.

For this purpose, we are setting up a new team, "Strategic Research Development", with the primary objective of developing yearly research themes and structuring them into sub-fields. To support the head of the team, we are looking for two research associates. Suitable profiles for the first position should exhibit a well-developed understanding of the overall interoperation of societal spheres and entities. Suitable profiles for the second position should demonstrate a detailed understanding of the interoperation between the political and the economic sphere and be able to bring this expertise to bear on the former.


  • Researching, summarizing and evaluating literature
  • Co-creation of ideas, research themes and questions
  • Co-writing and project management of reports
  • Editorial work
  • Monitoring relevant discourses and evaluating trends for risks and potentials
  • Managing information, keeping electronic files and organizing data
  • Organizational and coordinative tasks (e.g. small workshops)


A recent PhD (outstanding MA's may also be considered) with a

  • A recent PhD (outstanding MA's may also be considered) with a
  • demonstrable systemic understanding of society’s reproduction, for example in critical social theory or social complexity science (Position 1)
  • background in political economy (Position 2)
  • Graduate training in philosophy, political science, anthropology, sociology or a related field within the humanities
  • International and interdisciplinary research experience
  • Capacity to familiarize yourself with and navigate within new fields of knowledge quickly and to explain relevant information to a variety of audiences
  • Undogmatic intellectual curiosity and familiarity with current societal, political, economic and philosophical debates
  • Experience in co-writing academic texts
  • Reliable and independent way of working, with the ability to react and adapt spontaneously to changing circumstances
  • Fluency in English, both in writing and speaking
  • High level of motivation and commitment
  • A positive attitude, well-developed communication skills

The positions will be based in Hamburg; full-time and part-time (32h) are possible.

Please email your application materials, consisting of a cover letter "Why THE NEW INSTITUTE?", certificates, references, résumé, two writing samples in English, salary expectations, and earliest possible start date, in a single PDF document to . Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis until both positions are filled. Any questions can be directed to . Dr. Ronan Kaczynski

THE NEW INSTITUTE encourages diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnic origin, gender identity/expression, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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