Tue 14 Jun 2022

JOB: Project Assistant “Prisma Ukraïna”

Starting on 1 July 2022, for its Berlin office, the Forum is looking for

an assistant (f/m/d) for the research project Prisma Ukraїna: Science Communication and Networks and the Research Group Prisma Ukraїna: War, Migration and Memory

(part-time, 75% TV-L E9b, fixed-term contract until max. 31 December 2023)

The job advertisement is subject to the decision of the budget of the federal state of Berlin and the approval of the projects.

The Forum Transregionale Studien (Forum) is a platform for the international cooperation between scholars of different expertise and perspectives on global issues. The Forum provides scope for exchange on questions of science policy, epistemology and ethics, and develops infrastructures and formats that allow transregional research ideas and projects to be tested, implemented and communicated. The Forum is committed to strengthening regional studies and to the principle of non-hierarchical research. It appoints scholars from around the world as fellows and engages in joint research programs and initiatives with partners from universities and research institutions in and outside of Berlin. The Forum is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Higher Education and Research, Health, Long-Term Care and Gender Equality.

The project Prisma Ukraїna: Science Communication and Networks aims at testing a new model of science-related, participatory and multilingual science communication that enables academic exchange, communicates research questions and results and identifies and sets its own topics.

The project Prisma Ukraїna: War, Migration and Memory, headed by Prof. Dr. Viktoriya Sereda, seeks to establish an interdisciplinary research group that examines the transformative effects of war, displacement and flight on history, memory, relationships, belonging and questions of cohesion in plural societies. The project plans postdoc fellowships for scholars from Ukraine who fled the war and are currently in Berlin, or those in Ukraine or in its neighbouring countries.

The position includes the following tasks:

  • supporting the Prisma Ukraїna Fellows, in particular with finding accommodation, with visa and registration matters and in dealing with authorities;
  • supporting the academic management in carrying out the Fellow evaluation procedure;
  • preparation, implementation, documentation and accounting of academic events;
  • maintenance of the website, the social media channels, the collaborative virtual workspaces and the research data cloud; and
  • proofreading scientific texts.

The position is primarily aimed at researchers who fled to Germany because of the Russian war in Ukraine.


  • a university degree, preferably in the humanities and social sciences, and/or experience in science or cultural administration;
  • very good written terminological and stylistic English-language skills;
  • strong organisational skills and a high degree of resilience, team spirit and initiative;
  • competency in handling common office software;
  • willingness to become acquainted and work with content management systems and other supporting IT infrastructure;
  • experience in supporting scholars as well as knowledge of German and Ukrainian are an advantage.

The Forum has been involved in projects related to Ukraine and Eastern Europe since 2015, including with Prisma Ukraїna − Research Network Eastern Europe (since 2015) and with Europäische Zeiten/European Times – A Transregional Approach to the Societies of Central and Eastern Europe (EUTIM) (since 2021). The research program Prisma Ukraїna, directed by Andrii Portnov (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder), is committed to the idea of ​​open area studies and investigates questions of change in Europe through the “prism” of Ukraine. The network is supported by researchers at universities and research institutions in Berlin, Brandenburg and Poland. EUTIM looks at narratives of time and space on the fringes of Europe and is a research college jointly managed by the European University Viadrina, the University of Potsdam and the Forum, and funded by the BMBF.

Please send your application, including a motivation letter (max. two pages), a Curriculum Vitae (max. two pages plus a list of publications if applicable) and proof of the last academic degree obtained, in German or English, in one PDF file via email to bewerbung(at)trafo-berlin.de by 26 June 2022. The contact person for this position is Georges Khalil, Managing Director of the Forum.

Our institution aims to reflect society in its entirety. Therefore, we invite applications from individuals regardless of their cultural and social background, gender, age, religion, worldviews, disabilities and sexual orientation.

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