Jacques Delors Centre

Vacancies and Stipends


Policy Fellows – EU Geoeconomics/ EU Security Policy (f/m/div)

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.


We seek to fill the up to two positions on:

EU Geoeconomics and/or EU Security Policy (f/m/div)

in part-time or full-time (20-40 hours per week).

The successful candidates will work at the Hertie School's Jacques Delors Centre and contribute to the Centre's think tank work. The positions will be newly created. They will analyse Europe's role in a changing geopolitical and geoeconomic environment and develop concrete ideas for how the EU should respond to it.

The position for EU Geoeconomics will cover the economics of EU foreign policy. It will focus on issues such as EU trade and investment policies, EU industrial policy, competitiveness and labour-market issues, or sanctions. Quantitative skills are an asset.

The position for EU Security Policy will focus on the security aspects of EU foreign policy, including topics such as EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, EU defense policy, EU neighbourhood policy, or the EU's relations with China and the US. 

The contracts shall commence on 01 January 2023 and are initially limited to one year. The appointment is subject to the final approval by the funder.

Your tasks:

  • Develop your think-tank profile within the context of the Centre's broader policy agenda on EU policymaking
  • Research and write policy proposals, analyses, and positions 
  • Organize expert talks and similar event
  • Get actively involved in the German and European policy debate

Your profile:

  • Masters or equivalent degree in a relevant field such as political science, international relations, economics, political economy, public policy or law
  • Relevant work experience beyond internships in a political, institutional, or academic context related to EU geoeconomics or EU security and foreign policy
  • Keen interest in EU policymaking and enthusiasm for understanding institutional and political issues are must-haves
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and at least oral proficiency in German; French language skills are an asset
  • Ability to work independently on the topic
  • A high openness for cooperation
  • Quantitative skills and experience in data analysis are an asset
  • A completed PhD or equivalent is an asset

We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, your CV, and a writing sample by 11 December 2022

Please contact Dr. Nils Redeker, Deputy Director of the Jacques Delors Centre, for further information about the positions.

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Nicole Koenig - Deputy Director

  • "I am leading the Centre’s think tank work on EU foreign and security policy, migration and institutional matters. It’s great to work at the interface between academia, the policy world and the media. A strong Franco-German dimension and clear international outlook makes it even more interesting." 

Sebastian Mack - Policy Fellow

  • "I am driving forward the Centre’s work on the regulation of European financial markets. Inspired by our founder Jacques Delors, my goal is to contribute to a European Union that serves all citizens. For me, a stable and sustainable financial system as well as fair play between businesses and consumers are indispensable prerequisites for a functioning democracy. At the Centre, we share Jacques Delors’ conviction that Europe is a wonderful place, and together we want to make it even better.”

Rónán Riordan - PhD candidate

  • "I’m a Doctoral Researcher exploring the influence of the Court of Justice of the European Union on EU level law-making. One of my key reasons for choosing to join Hertie was the presence of Jacques Delors Centre. In particular I value the interdisciplinary nature of the work done here and our diverse membership which includes legal scholars, political scientists, economists, and even philosophers! This makes the Jacques Delors Centre a truly unique, dynamic, and enriching research environment to work in."


Linda Hewitt - Press and Public Relations Officer

  • “My job is to keep the public informed about our latest publications; I also organise events at the Centre. What I appreciate about my work is that it is multifaceted as politics and research go together here. Our work is to be constantly confronted with pressing political issues while being actively involved with it. Always working with its fingers on the pulse of time makes it even greater!”