Research assistant, Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 03 Jun 2022

Published: 2022-05-20

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Research assistant  The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. Currently approx. 85 persons are employed at the Department and at present some 300-400 students are enrolled every academic year. Courses offered include undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as a Ph. D. programme. For more information, visit

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Projects and duties
The department and the below projects, are now looking to recruit a research assistant for a full-time employment for 8 months, starting in June 2022.

The positions is funded through the following projects; 

- Preventing and Addressing Violent Extremism through Community Resilience in the Balkans and MENA/PAVE (project leader Isak Svensson)

- Negotiating Nuclear Disarmament (working group within the Alva Myrdal Centre - project leader Isak Svensson)

-  Civil Peace: Exploring the Diversity of Civil Society Involvement in Peacemaking (project leader Desirée Nilsson).

The research assistant will;

  • primarily help out with the practicalities around a survey in Iraq studying the effects of radio peace messaging on inter-ethnic attitudes. The RA will assist in the preparation, implementation and analysis phase of this study, based in Uppsala but in close collaboration with our partners in Iraq
  • help to coordinate the international working-group on nuclear negotiations, including arranging for meetings and preparing research overviews
  • assist in coding, management and analysis of data on negotiations and civil society engagement in armed conflicts.


  • For a deep understanding of conflict processes and violence dynamics, and to be able to work with advanced statistical methods, the position demands a master degree in peace and conflict studies, political science or international relations. Alternatively the applicant is currently finalising master studies within one of the subject areas (final semester)
  • Excellent skills in English (both speech and writing)  Skills in Excel, Stata or R (or equivalent).

Additional qualifications;

  • previous experience as a research assistant and/or experience with data collection (especially on third-party intervention or negotiations). In addition, previous administrative experience.

In this recruitment process, we will look at requirements, additional qualifications and personal suitability. 

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position (8 months). Scope of employment; 100%. Starting date; June 2022, or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Isak Svensson, 

Please submit your application by 3 June 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1953.

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Placement: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1953

Last application date: 2022-06-03

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