Vacancy - Researcher - Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS)

The Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) is seeking to appoint a Researcher (Salary Level E 13 TV-L, 75%) on the EU Horizon Europe funded project “Measuring Irregular Migration and related Policies” (MIrreM).

The position is to be filled for 22 months from November 15, 2022 or the next possible date – given the availability of funds.

The research project by an international 17-partners-consortium is aiming to

  1. generate more accurate information about the size and characteristics of the irregular immigrant population as well as innovative and scalable estimation methods,
  2. develop a systematic and in-depth understanding of how management policies and practices shape migrant irregularity across the EU and North America,
  3. establish a stakeholder network for knowledge exchange about estimates on irregular migration and regularisation,
  4. disseminate strategies for assessing the costs and benefits of regularisation and developing new pragmatic and evidence-based regularisation programmes.

Your duties:

  • A review of ethical issues in the production and dissemination of data and estimates on irregular migration Case studies (Germany) on flows of irregular immigrants and regularisation practices
  • An analysis and comparison of the status of irregular immigrants under national (German) law
  • Mapping and interviewing relevant actors
  • Drawing policy implications
  • Attending expert group meetings, project workshops and contribute to dissemination activities (e.g. ethical report, project briefs)


  • Candidates are required to hold a university degree and a doctoral degree in Political Science, Sociology or another Social Science
  • Candidates must have profound expertise of migration (policy) studies
  • Candidates must have experience in qualitative interviews
  • Candidates must have proven experience in quantitative approaches
  • In addition, excellent English and German language skills are required (C1 level)

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in analysing ethical issues
  • Experience in policy and law analysis
  • Experience in migration flow analysis
  • Knowledge of irregular migration research

We offer:

A highly policy relevant international and interdisciplinary project with 17 partners in Europe and North America including civil society and international organisations partners

Collaboration with a team of globally leading academics
An interdisciplinary work environment at a nationally and internationally established, highly connected and diversity conscious research centre.
Osnabrück University is a family-friendly university and is committed to helping working/ studying parents balance their family and working lives.

Osnabrück University seeks to guarantee equality of opportunity for women and men and strives to correct any gender imbalance in its schools and departments.

If two candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to the candidate with disability status.

Applications with the usual documents (CV, list of publications, academic certificates, and one publication) should be submitted electronically (in a single PDF no larger than 5MB) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than August 31, 2022. We look forward to receiving your application.

For further information, please contact the PI at IMIS, Dr. Franck Duvell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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