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Research Assistant for the project 'Multi-Level Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond'

Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Grade 5

Salary range: £25,728 - £30,688 per annum

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant for the project ‘Multi-Level Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond (RESPOND), funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020. The University of Cambridge (PI Dr Naures Atto) is one of the 14 partners in this project. The Research Assistant will be based in Cambridge and work closely with Dr Naures Atto but also with other partner colleagues elsewhere. The successful applicant is expected to have at least an MA degree in one of the fields of the Social Sciences or Middle Eastern Studies.

The position will be offered for either for 0.6 FTE or for 0.8 FTE (29 months or 22 months, respectively) beginning 1st February, 2018 and is subject to confirmation of funding.

With the goal of enhancing the governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states and neighbours, RESPOND is a comprehensive study of migration governance in the wake of the 2015 Refugee Crisis. Bringing together 14 partners from 7 disciplines, the project probes policy-making processes and policy (in)coherence through comparative research in source, transit and destination countries. RESPOND analyses migration governance across macro (transnational, national), meso (sub-national/local) and micro levels (refugees/migrants) by applying an innovative research methodology utilizing legal and policy analysis, comparative historical analysis, political claims analysis, socio-economic and cultural analysis, longitudinal survey analysis, interview based analysis, and photovoice techniques.

The Research Assistant is expected to get involved in all project tasks assigned to the University of Cambridge; conduct desk research, fieldwork, analyse the empirical material, write country and case specific comparative reports and publish academic articles. Furthermore, the Research Assistant will support the PI in the coordination of an art exhibition and documentary, which are part of the dissemination of the project, and provide support in the administration of the project and report writing.

Details of the post.

Applications must be made using the University’s online application system and should include a letter of interest and a published article or a copy of your MA thesis, in addition to a CV and the names of two referees.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to the Dr Naures Atto (E-mail: ).

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday, 20th November, 2017.

Interviews will take place in late November. Interviews may be conducted via Skype.

Please quote reference GU13546 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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