The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) aims to further expand its 'Global Energy Governance' program and is seeking a researcher (part-time) currently pursuing or planning to pursue a PhD degree or Post-Doctoral research, and is interested in shaping and advancing GPPi´s research and policy work in this field.

They are seeking individuals interested in working at the intersection of energy, development, security and/or climate (e.g. the current debate on energy poverty/energy for all). The candidate would join GPPi’s Global Energy Governance research group as a part-time GPPi Research Associate. While part of the group, the candidate would also have the opportunity to reach out to and work with other established GPPi research groups, such as the Innovation in Development and/or Rising Powers teams. The candidate would have the opportunity to introduce and drive new research projects, contribute to the management of existing GPPi projects and contribute to the development of the Global Energy Governance Program as a whole. The position is therefore suited for entrepreneurial individuals looking for opportunities to develop their self-driven, cutting-edge research within the framework of a larger research endeavor. The researcher, typically associated with a University's Ph.D. program or Post-Doc program, will be based in the GPPi Berlin office.

GPPi can provide a dynamic research environment and attractive platform for innovative researchers to develop their research interests and sharpen their academic and professional profile. GPPi will financially complement the funding that has or will be secured for the individual research project (for example through an individual research scholarship). GPPi will also lend support for securing this additional funding if necessary.

Application deadline:
30 March 2012. Early applications encouraged.
Position starting date: To be determined.

What we are looking for:
  • Ph.D. candidate or Post-Doctoral researcher with a background in either energy and/or development
  • entrepreneurial spirit and ambition to support the further development of GPPi's Global Energy Governance program
  • very good graduate degree in political science, international relations, the social sciences (M.A. or equival­ent)
  • outstanding analytical and writing skills (in both academic and policy-oriented work)
  • ability and willing­ness to publish (op-eds, journal articles, policy papers)
  • proven interest and expertise in issues of global energy governance
  • excellent English language skills
  • knowledge of German an asset
  • A commitment of 10 hours a week
  • Physical presence in Berlin desired

What we offer:
  • Financially complement existing research funding, e.g. a Ph.D. scholarship, up to €800 per month.
  • Chance to contribute to and drive the Global Energy Governance program through the development of new projects, together with the support of a networks of esteemed international partners, within an intellectually stimulating working environment
  • a strong platform for self-driven academic and professional development in the think tank world
  • a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany's capital with an international team
  • the opportunity to work independently and grow with the job

About GPPi's Global Energy Governance Program:
The common dependency on energy, shared by societies around the world, entails policy challenges that transcend national borders and call for global energy governance. While the global dimension of energy challenges is unambiguous, most of the existing mechanisms and institutions of energy governance are in dire need of serious reform.

GPPi's Global Energy Governance program analyzes the current rules of the game in global energy governance and explores ways of adapting these rules, mechanisms and institutions to the political and economic realities of the present and future.

For more on the work of GPPi's Global Energy Governance program, please visit

For additional information on working with GPPi see

For general information on GPPi's work, consult our website at

Interested in applying?
Please send your letter of motivation, an outline of your planned or ongoing research project (can be as short as 2 pages), your CV and two writing samples in English (from previous writing - published or unpublished) to Nina Perkowski ( One writing sample should be more academic in nature, one more policy-oriented. No paper applications and phone inquiries please.

Application deadline:
30 March 2012. Early applications encouraged.

Position starting date:
To be determined.