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PhD student on Migration

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    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    16/03/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Amsterdam

The University of the Aegean and the University of Amsterdam have a PhD position on migration.

The PhD research will focus on the on-the-ground situation in Greece using ethnographic methods and participant observation to investigate the situation of migrants in the context of the ‘refugee crisis’ and the hotspot approach with a focus on issues of protection.

Protection is a key subject in the ADMIGOV project. The project aims to study key issues in migrant protection; successes and failures in protection provision; key sites of protection; key protection practices from grassroots efforts to state and transnational activities; and the key actors in providing protection.

The successful candidate will conduct fieldwork in Greece with migrants, those engaged in providing protection and members of local societies. S/he will analyse protection primarily as an everyday practice in the wider context of applied policies. S/he will enquire into the multiple meanings of protection for all those involved and particularly consider the ways in which protection professionals (e.g. humanitarian actors), activists and volunteers identify and understand protection issues and needs and how these actors go about providing and meeting such needs. The PhD project is expected to make both an independent conceptual contribution to our understanding of migrant protection and protection work in the contemporary period and to generate data of use to the larger ADMIGOV project. Knowledge of relevant literatures, and experience with ethnographic fieldwork are important while knowledge of quantitative methods including the analysis of survey data is an asset. The candidate must have a high-level of written and spoken Greek and English.


The successful candidate will be expected to have a high level of competence and motivation to undertake the following tasks:

  • complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration (four years);
  • undertake mainly ethnographic fieldwork and participant observation and gather data relevant and available to the overall project;
  • contribute (both as sole author and as co-author) to the writing up of reports for the European Union and research papers to be submitted to scientific journals;
  • regularly present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences;
  • when necessary work with relevant policy makers and practitioners;
  • contribute to the organisation of research activities and events of the ADMIGOV project, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications.


The PhD student will be hired at the Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece, and gets supervision from both universities.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years.

The exact start date will be determined later, but preferably in March 2019.

The salary will be €2,000 gross per month. The total compensation and benefits package will be according to the policies / collective labour agreement of the AEGEAN university.

Selection process

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may submit your application through the application procedure of Academic Transfer.

No agencies please

Additional comments

Additional information about the vacancy may be obtained from:

Applications must contain:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a full CV;
  • an official transcript of the grades during your studies as well as your diploma;
  • a research plan of maximum 2,000 words. The research plan should outline how you would approach the research topic, including the kinds of questions the project might ask, the methods it might use and the theories to which it might connect;
  • two names of referees who may be contacted for a letter of reference.

If you have a TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge International certificate of English, please add this also to the letter. If you do not have one, you can send this after selection.

Applications should be sent either by post to:

  • For the position of researcher in the Horizon project 'ADMIGOV: Advancing Alternative Migration Governance
    The Secretary of the Department of Social Anthropology and History
    Lofos Panepistimiou
    Mytilene 81100, LESVOS

or by email to:

With the selected candidates for this position an interview will be held in the University of the Aegean (Lesvos) in situ or through Skype.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

Ideal candidates:

  • hold a master’s degree in a field relevant to the theme of the research, in particular social and human sciences, anthropology, human or political geography, sociology,migration studies, politics, law or international relations.
  • are persons with initiative, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • have well-developed analytical skills as well as creativity and perseverance;
  • possess good academic writing, presentation and organisational skills;
  • can demonstrate a strong interest in the topic of this PhD project;
  • are familiar with some of the academic literatures and policy areas relevant to the project;
  • preferably have experience with qualitative research methodology, especially participant observation and interviews;
  • preferably have experience with quantitative methods and the analysis of survey data;
  • preferably have experience in the field of humanitarian governance;
  • be willing to spend time in Lesbos and Amsterdam;
  • are able to communicate effectively in Greek and English both orally and in writing.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
1012 WX
Spui 21

EURAXESS offer ID: 379140
Posting organisation offer ID: 52770


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