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VACANCY: Human Rights Researcher/Project Manager (m/f/d)

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The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) announces a full-time vacancy for a Researcher/Project Manager (m/f/d) in the Programme Line “Human Dignity and Public Security”. The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of an EU-financed project on the rights of defendants and detainees with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities. The project will examine gaps, challenges and good practices in the implementation and practical application of EU cross-border instruments (e.g. 2002/584/JHA EAW; 2008/909/JHA Transfer of Prisoners; 2008/947/JHA Probation and Alternative Sanctions; 2009/829/JHA European Supervision Order). The “Human Dignity and Public Security” Programme Line focuses on human rights in the criminal justice context and on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment worldwide. For further information please see Programme Line “Human Dignity and Public Security”.


  • Independent management and coordination of a EU-financed project
  • Coordination and communication with project partners and project stakeholders
  • Comprehensive research on the Austrian national level; drafting, reviewing and editing of reports and recommendations
  • Research on the legal framework and practice of other EU Member States, review and editing of a Comparative Report
  • Monitoring of the project budget
  • Organisation of workshops and roundtables at the national and regional levels
  • Support with other ongoing activities of the Programme Line, including the development and acquisition of new projects.


  • Advanced university degree in law or equivalent; degree in human rights is an asset
  • At least three years of work experience as project manager and/or researcher in the field of human rights or similar
  • Good knowledge of human rights, especially the rights of persons deprived of liberty and the prevention of torture and ill-treatment; knowledge of the Austrian prison system as well as  of the rights of persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities is an asset
  • Good knowledge of EU law, especially EU judicial cooperation instruments in criminal matters
  • Experience in moderating workshops and giving presentations; experience in teaching and training is an asset
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and team work skills
  • Ability to work independently, diligently, and live up to deadlines
  • Readiness to travel abroad (approx. 10%)
  • Good IT skills
  • Fluency in English and German.


  • Rewarding work in an interdisciplinary expert team
  • Participation in the diverse range of events and networks linked to the LBI-GMR
  • Access to the training offers of the LBG Career Center
  • Salary starting at 2.900 EUR/month (gross, full-time).


As a human rights institute, we are committed to the diversity of our workforce as a key to innovation and success. We are proud to offer everyone equal opportunities.

All interested persons are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter to:

A written test and interviews with pre-selected candidates will be conducted in the week of 15 -21 November 2021.

Place: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, Freyung 6 (Schottenhof), 1010 Vienna, Austria

Envisaged Start: 10 January 2022

Duration and scope: Unlimited contract, 40 hours/week, minimum monthly gross salary: 2.900 EUR

Application Deadline: 7 November 2021