Tue 14 Jun 2022

JOB: Coordinator “Prisma Ukraïna”

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

a coordinator (f/m/d) for the research project “Prisma Ukraїna: Science Communication and Networks”
(part-time, 50% TV-L E13, fixed-term contract until max. 31 October 2023)

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

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 coordination of Prisma Ukraїna’s science communication and networks includes the following tasks:

  • editorial co-management and conceptual development of and responsibility for Prisma Ukraїna-related science communication;
  • coordination and editing of collaborative writing and publishing projects;
  • writing and editing project-related and project-accompanying texts for websites, blogs, open-access publications and social media;
  • scientific translations;
  • supervision of the Ukraine-related articles on TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research;
  • supporting the communication and networking of fellows and other scholars of the Prisma Ukraїna project;
  • conception and coordination of meetings, workshops and other academic events, whether virtual, hybrid or in person;
  • coordination of public relations activities with project partners; and
  • preparation of reports for boards and sponsors.

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


  • a university degree in the humanities or social sciences;
  • very good knowledge of Ukrainian culture, history and society and the Ukrainian language;
  • interest in transregional research questions;
  • excellent written and oral skills in Ukrainian and very good knowledge of English and/or German;
  • stylistic confidence in the preparation of scientific topics and texts from different fields of knowledge for public relations purposes;
  • experience with social media;
  • willingness to become acquainted and work with content management systems and other supporting IT infrastructure;
  • experience with science communication, the working methods of scientific institutions and publication processes is 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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