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Pre-doctoral research fellowship, European Security and Defence Policy

A pre-doctoral research fellow is required for the project „Bridging
the Accountability Gap in European Security and Defence Policy”
(ESDP Democracy) for up to 24 months at the Institute of International
Relations, Prague (IIR).

The researcher will be one of several ‘pre-‘ and four ‘post-doc’
researchers in ESDP Democracy. The researcher will share in the responsibility for IIR’s link to the other partners, for the accession
countries and civil-military relations aspect of the programme and for
the organisation of common workshops. One workshop on „ESDP and accession countries” will be organised by IIR in 2003. The researcher will assist the post-doc research fellow in organising this workshop.

At IIR the researcher will be working with one ‘post-doc’ research
fellow of the ESDP Democracy project and several IIR researchers,
focusing on European security and defence policy and civil-military

The researcher is expected to develop her/his own project within the
programme in co-operation with partner institutions and subject to approval by IIR. The project should study aspects of the ESDP that are relevant to EU accession countries and how these relate to the democratic accountability of the European security and defence
policy .
We also expect the researcher to contribute to other related
projects at IIR.

The successful candidate will have:

A university degree in a relevant field. (Diploma and CV should
be attached to application.)
Keen interest in security and defence policy and/or means to ensure democratic accountability in this area. Selected work in this area (article/chapter, thesis etc.) of the candidates may be attached.
Fluent or very good English. Other languages are preferable but not
Organisational skills, initiative and the will and ability to work as
part of a team.
Enrolment in a University PhD program or planning to do so by September

The project is financed by the Research and Training Network (RTN) of the European Commission, and follows RTN rules of employment.
This means that the researcher must be under 35 years of age at the time of
appointment (exceptions are made for military or alternative service
and childbirth). The researcher must be a national of the EU or an
Associate country or have been resident in the EU-area for the previous
five years. However, Czech citizens cannot apply for the ‘pre-doc’
position hosted by IIR, and neither can others who have been living
continuously in the Czech Republic for 12 of the last 24 months prior
to the appointment.

IIR will be granting salaries according to RTN rules. Gross monthly salary is in the range of EURO 1,000 (minimum) and 1,250 (maximum) depending on experience. Czech social and health security compulsory contributions apply. IIR is an equal opportunity employer and women are especially encouraged to apply.

The project is described on the RTN web site:

For more information on RTN job at IIR please contact Radek Khol,

Applications with diploma, CV, a brief note on current research and an article/chapter of own choice should be marked „ESDP Democracy” and posted to IIR Director: Jiri Sedivy, Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3, Praha 1-Mala Strana,118 00, Czech