The Conflict Research Group, henceforth CRG, is a multidisciplinary research unit at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, of Ghent University. We study the micro-level dynamics of civil conflict and political violence. CRG was founded in 2002 with the intention of providing grounded analyses of the local dynamics of civil conflicts as they unfold. To that end, we conduct long-term field research drawing mostly on qualitative research methods.

Our research is structured around four main clusters: Armed Politics, Spaces of Conflict, Interventions and Contested Resources. CRG also co-organizes the one-year Master Programme in Conflict and Development Studies, which focuses on the theoretical and policy-related dimensions of processes of conflict and development. CRG staff also provides numerous courses in other Bachelor and Master programmes.

The CRG is currently looking for a committed job student to offer practical support its communication and event component.


  • To coordinate, and manage the content of, the new, recently-launched CRG website ( );
  • Run and regularly update the CRG Twitter channel ( );
  • Initiate, and follow-up on, the logistic arrangements (travel, accommodation, meals, … ) and promotion of events with own or/and invited external speakers;

Required profile

  • Proven organizational skills; previous experience, either in a job environment or social engagement, in the content management of websites and social media and the (co-)organization of events;
  • Stress-resistant; ability to cope in a mature way with unexpected situations;
  • Good written and oral command of English;
  • Knowledge of WordPress and of the general/usual digital tools and university platforms, and of social media;
  • Familiarity, either through the student’s studies background or active personal interest, with the substance the CRG is working onis of course an asset;
  • Based in Ghent or at a commutable distance; on-campus presence is required.

General conditions

  • Work period: from 1 October 2023 until and including 1 July 2024 (9 months);
  • Work scheme: 20% (two half days/week);
  • Supervision: the job student will work closely with and under the supervision of the CRG Core Group led by Prof. dr. Koen Vlassenroot as well as under the DCDS secretariat;
  • Remuneration: in line with UGent offer and -conditions;
  • Work facilities: the student will be given a work space at the DCDS in the UFO Campus‘ Technicum-1 building and can use DCDS facilities and -equipment.

How to apply?

  • Interested candidates must apply with a CV or/and a concise note showing how they meet the above-listed requirements, not later than Friday 1 September 2023, 23:59 midnight at  with the clear mentioning of ‘CRG Support Staff Application’ in the e-mail’s subject.
  • Please note that the non-selected candidates will not get feedback about their application.