Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • contributing to the overall research project and active participation in managing the project.
  • contributing to the further specification and implementation of the project’s research design.
  • conducting empirical research on two case studies with a focus on data collection (i.e. documentary research, expert interviews) and data analysis; this research will focus on two of the four sectors of security policy-making conventional warfare, military services and logistics, critical infrastructure, cyber warfare) – specified in the below project description) and cover developments in the US, UK, France and/or India.
  • presenting intermediate and final results at international workshops and conferences.
  • collaboration in writing publications for peer-reviewed journals and preparation of the final project report.
  • no teaching obligations, but opportunity to teach on a voluntary basis.

Your qualifications:

  • outstanding degree in Political Science (master or equivalent), ideally with a specialization in International Relations, Security Studies or International Political Economy.
  • strong interest in obtaining a doctorate in Political Science.
  • proficiency in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • well-developed analytical skills as well as intellectual creativity.

Additional skills

  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in security studies, political economy, public policy-making and either digital (security) governance, protection of critical infrastructures or the military realm are an asset.
  • Country expertise in (security) policy-making of the US, UK, France and, in particular, India is an asset.
  • reliability and ability to work self-independently as well as in a team.
  • strong communicative skills and team-oriented approach.


  • 24(+12)-months contract at the level of doctoral researcher (salary according to the University Employment Scale: TV-L E13, 65%).
  • opportunity to conduct, in a motivated and supportive team, cutting-edge research on a highly relevant topic of contemporary security politics.
  • project-funded research and/or conference trips (about 1-2 national/international trips per year).
  • In addition to contributing to the research project, there is the opportunity to write a PhD thesis (either start a new PhD project or complete an ongoing one) in International Relations, European Studies, Global Governance or International Public Policy. The thesis should be (broadly) related to the research project.

LMU has signed the “Charter of Diversity” and is committed to the diversity of its employees. We actively promote equality between women and men.

To facilitate compatibility of family and career, we offer flexible working hours/days and the option for home office on mutually agreed days. More information on the Family Service of LMU can be found here.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your application in one pdf-file to and

If you should require more information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Andreas Kruck (before August 11, 2023) and/or Dr. Moritz Weiss (before 3 August or after 26 August 2023).

A complete application contains:

  1. a one-page letter of intent\
  2. a curriculum vitae\
  3. copies of academic certificates\
  4. two academic references (i.e. no reference letters; only contact details are required at this stage)\
  5. one-pager on (planned or ongoing) PhD project.

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2023.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed by September 6, 2023.
Zoom-interviews are scheduled for the week of September 11-15, 2023.

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