Application Deadline: October 4th, 2018.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and contributes actively to new developments in teaching and research.


Working closely with the Postdoc and the PI, the two PhD researchers will focus on the two subprojects (collecting data in the US and South Africa) that have a common timeframe, structure and focus. One PhD researcher will conduct narrative research in the US and the other in South Africa

Tasks for the PhD researchers will include:
• Beginning course work and developing a detailed research proposal (one year).
• Performing a literature review relating to refugees’ narratives and discourses/policies on refugees in historical perspective for their respective countries.
• Conducting months of fieldwork research in each country (participant observations, biographical interviews), including data analysis and writing up initial findings.
• Organizing and managing data, including translation, transcription and coding.
• Connecting sites (correlating the findings per country) and writing the first findings for (inter)national publications and as posts for the project’s website.
• Helping to identify and approach the stakeholders who will be invited for the co-creation phase.
• Writing a PhD thesis based on peer-reviewed articles.
• Translating academic findings to practice.
• Participating in international conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.


• Previous experience with ethnographic research.
• Excellent qualitative research skills; previous experience in engaged co-creation research is a plus.
• Expertise in refugee or migrant studies.
• A master’s degree in social sciences or humanities with knowledge of critical theory.
• Excellent English writing and communication skills.
• Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate within an international team.
• Preparedness to live in Amsterdam and to conduct two several-month periods of fieldwork in the respective country.


This is a temporary appointment for 4 years and 1.0 fte, starting 1 January 2019 with an initial contract of 12 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining 36-month period.
You can find information about our excellent fringe employment benefits at, like:
• an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP)
• a minimum of 29 holidays for full-time employees

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel: €2,266.- gross per month in the first year, up to €2,897.- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on full-time employment.

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Application Deadline: October 4th, 2018.

For a detailed description of the project or additional information regarding the vacancy please contact Prof. Ghorashi:
phone: +31 20 5986778

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