PhD position in Amsterdam for those who research on Israel

PhD candidate (Israel) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology and Anthropology Source: http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/working-at-the-uva/vacancies/item/14-106.html Publication date 28 March 2014 Level of education University Salary indication €2,083 to €2,664 gross per month Closing date 15 May 2014 Hours 38 hours per week Vacancy number 14-106 The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of the Departments […]

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PhD candidate (Israel)

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Source: http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/working-at-the-uva/vacancies/item/14-106.html

Publication date
28 March 2014
Level of education
University
Salary indication
€2,083 to €2,664 gross per month
Closing date
15 May 2014
Hours
38 hours per week
Vacancy number
14-106

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of the Departments in the FMG. Research and education are carried out by special institutes. Research takes place under the aegis of theAmsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute, the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands and possibly in Europe. The broad scope and pluralism of our education and research programmes are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalisation.

The AISSR and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam are looking for a PhD candidate who will participate in the ERC-funded research project ‘The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes: the case of Israel’, directed by Dr. Barak Kalir.

Project description

The project examines the implementation process of the Israeli deportation regime, which comprises deportation policies, procedures and campaigns. It will generate a fine-grained ethnography of the everyday implementation of the deportation regime by studying two pivotal groups that shape and influence deportation practices on the ground: on the one hand, street-level agents and civil servants (police agents, personnel in detention centers, officials in asylum division, etc.), who are assigned the task of defining, locating, detaining and deporting irregular migrants; on the other hand, civil-society actors (local and international NGOs, grassroots movements, religious organizations, etc.), who assume the role of representing the cause of irregular migrants, protecting their rights, assisting them and preventing their deportation. The project will make an original contribution to the anthropology of the state, by bringing to light the agency of those who exercise discretion in interpreting laws and policies at the ‘implementation interface’.

The PhD candidate will be based in Amsterdam at the AISSR and will conduct up to 18 months of fieldwork in Israel. The AISSR offers a stimulating intellectual environment across several social science disciplines.

Tasks

  • Conduct ethnographic field research;
  • write and complete a PhD dissertation within four years;
  • participate in the AISSR PhD programme;
  • 10% teaching (contingent upon availability);
  • participating in conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.

Requirements

Phd candidates should have the following credentials:

  • a completed MA degree in anthropology or closely related discipline such as qualitative sociology or human geography;
  • relevant (ethnographic) fieldwork experience; ideally in Israel and/or on topics related to deportation, irregular migrants, state agents and civil society activists;
  • excellent written and spoken English and preferably additional linguistic skills relevant to Israel;
  • ability and interest to work in a team.

Further information

For more information you may contact the principal investigator:

Appointment

The full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year), starting 1 September 2014.

The gross monthly salary will be €2,083 in the first year and €2,664 in the fourth year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in conformity with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications must include, in a single PDF file:

  • a full curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter;
  • a research plan of maximum 2,000 words outlining the candidate’s own research proposal in relation to the broader project. This proposal should include information on relevant literature, research questions, methodological strategies and theoretical implications;
  • names and contact details of two recommenders;
  • if non-native English speaking, a recent TOEFL or equivalent English comprehension test score (TOEFL: a minimum average of 6.5 for the total test and a minimum of 6.0 for each test component).

All correspondence will be in English. Applications must be sent as e-mail attachments to application-soca-fmg@uva.nl before 15 May 2014.

The subject of the Email message and the attachment must consist of the text ‘DEPORT REGIMES (Israel) + applicant’s last name’.

No agencies please

Social anthropologist and journalist with a focus on urban issues, displacement and mobility in the Middle East.


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