Project Research Associate at the ECMI


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 positions

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.
Position A

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

Position B

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

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.

Applications are due by August 31.

For more information on the ECMI and application instructions visit

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