2 Ph.D. Positions. Migration (The Netherlands) Deadline: Sept. 29, 2019

University of Amsterdam

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Program Details

The Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam is looking for two PhD candidates to work within the ‘Strange(r) Families’ project, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and led by Saskia Bonjour. The PhD track is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) programme group Challenges to Democratic Representation.

The ‘Strange(r) Families’ project explores political contestation over family migration rights for non-normative families in Europe. How do migration law and politics deal with different kinds of families asking permission to live together in Europe? The research will cover political contestation not only in parliaments and ministries but also in the media, civil society, and courts. The first PhD project will focus on contestation over family migration rights for ‘queer’ families, the second on contestation over family migration rights for ‘culturally different’ families. Both projects will cover two European countries (preferably the Netherlands and France).

If selected you will be affiliated with the AISSR’s organized PhD training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. Besides that, you willconduct archive and document research as well as interviews; take active part in the research environment at the AISSR; and teach (circa 10% of the time) upon availability.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future. To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Eligibility/ Requirements

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent with a relevant specialization within the social sciences e.g. political science, political sociology, or sociology of law. The degree must have been obtained by the start of your employment;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • familiarity with or keen interest in qualitative research methods, such as discourse analysis or framing analysis
  • independent thinking and critical analytical skills;
  • the ability to work relatively independently;
  • the ability to collaborate in a team.

Expertise in or affinity with migration studies, ethnic and racial studies, or postcolonial studies; expertise in or affinity with gender and sexuality studies; ability to collect and analyse data in both Dutch and French are desirable.

Application Process

Apply for the post by clicking on the link below. Enclosures include a CV and covering letter.

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