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jeudi 30. novembre 2017

Graduate Institute: Phd Student / Research Assistant


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is recruiting a

Phd Student / Research Assistant
For the ERC funded project'Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the 'Good Life' in Times of Crisis'


General description of the position

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant: "Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the 'Good Life' in Times of Crisis" (BETLIV)

The project focuses on how ideals of the 'good life' are articulated, (re)assessed, and related to specific places and contexts as a result of experiences of crisis and migration. The case studies to operationalize these lines of inquiry address the phenomenon of return migration, and analyse the imaginaries and experience of return of Ecuadorian and Cuban men and women who migrated to Spain, are dissatisfied with their life there, and envisage/carry out the project of going back to their countries of origin. The project contributes to three main scholarly areas of enquiry: 1) the study of morality, ethics and what counts as 'good life', 2) the study of the field of economic practice, its definition, value regimes, and 'crises', and 3) the study of migratory aspirations, projects, and trajectories. A multi-sited endeavour, the research is designed in three interrelated subprojects carried out in Spain (PhD Candidate), Ecuador (Postdoctoral Researcher), and Cuba (Principal Investigator).

The appointed PhD student will work closely with the project' s Principal Investigator, Valerio Simoni, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, as well as with one postdoctoral researcher. He/she will complete a dissertation and be fully integrated in the life of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute. Committed to theoretical innovation, robust empirical research, and fine-grained ethnographic fieldwork, the department and its doctoral programme foster the study of contemporary issues in global and transnational terms, paying particular attention to international migration.

Mission and activities

  • Conduct empirical research, including:
    • Participant observation among Ecuadorian/Cuban migrants living in the metropolitan area of Madrid;
    • Interviews (approx. 60) focusing on the links between migrants' experience of crisis, return projects, and (re)assessments of what makes for a 'good life',
    • Review of policy documents and online/media sources focusing on return migration from Spain to Ecuador and Cuba,
    • Of the 14 months of empirical field research, 12 will be spent in Spain (three stays of 4 months each), 1 in Ecuador, and 1 in Cuba.
  • Present the project's findings at conferences and workshops;
  • Prepare publications;
  • Meet project interim goals and strictly adhere to project timelines;
  • Contribute to administrative and coordination duties associated with the project, including interim reporting to funders and the preparation of project-related events (conference, workshop, roundtable);
  • Complete PhD thesis.

Candidate's profile

  • MA in Anthropology or closely related disciplines (e.g. sociology, migration studies);
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out ethnographic research;
  • Demonstrated experience with the methods adopted in the project (participant observation, interviews, review of written sources);
  • Highly organized and capable of working autonomously to complete a PhD thesis;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in an international team;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish (French is an asset);
  • Expertise in the projects' main areas of enquiry (i.e. economic anthropology, anthropology of ethics and morality, anthropology of migration) is an asset;
  • Experience of empirical research with migrant / Latin American / Ecuadorian / Cuban populations and/or in the Spain context is an asset.

Application Procedure:

We look forward to receiving your online application, including 1) a CV, 2) a letter of motivation, 3) two letters of recommendation, 4) a writing sample (the MA thesis, or an article in preparation), 5) transcripts of past higher education experiences (BA and MA).
Interviews are scheduled for the first week of January.

The position is dependent on acceptance to the Graduate Institute Anthropology and Sociology (ANSO) PhD programme. Acceptance to the programme requires a separate application procedure (deadline 15 of January 2018).  Details on the procedure will be provided at the interview stage. 

Applicants who have not completed their Master degree by the time of application should include a statement from their supervisor confirming the expected date for the achievement of their degree.

Informal inquiries :

For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult  the Institute's website:

Please note that offers received by post won't be considered.

jeudi 30. novembre 2017

foraus: Geschäfsführer / Eine Geschäfsführerin (80%)

Der unabhängige Grassroots-Think Tank foraus erarbeitet wissenschaftlich fundierte Diskussionsbeiträge zur Schweizer Aussenpolitik. Die über 1’000 foraus-Mitglieder in der ganzen Schweiz sind in thematischen Programmen tätig, um aussenpolitische Herausforderungen zu analysieren und mit konstruktiven Lösungsvorschlägen einen informierten Dialog anzuregen. foraus wurde 2009 in Bern gegründet und ist schweizweit in allen Universitätsstädten aktiv sowie international mit mehreren Schwester-Think Tanks.

Als Geschäftsführerin oder Geschäftsführer bist Du für die fachliche, personelle, organisatorische und betriebswirtschaftliche Führung des Think Tanks foraus verantwortlich. Zusammen mit dem Vorstand entwickelst Du foraus strategisch weiter. Du bist die Ansprechperson für unsere Partner in der Politik, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Stiftungslandschaft. Diese Kontakte nutzt Du, um die Inhalte von foraus optimal zu platzieren und das Fundraising von foraus erfolgreich voranzutreiben. Dabei unterstützen Dich 4-6 MitarbeiterInnen sowie PraktikantInnen in Zürich und Genf. Es ist Deine Aufgabe, dieses Team zu führen und weiterzuentwickeln.

Bewerbungsfrist: 8.12.2017

Weitere Informationen:

mardi 05. décembre 2017

Konstanz: 2 Ph.D. positions (Salary Scale 13 TV-L; 75 %)

The University of Konstanz, with its "Institutional Strategy to promote Top-Level Research", has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments. 

The University of Konstanz invites applications in the field of Social and Cultural Anthropology for

2 Ph.D. positions (Salary Scale 13 TV-L; 75 %)

to be filled as soon as possible (Term: 24 months, prolongation of 12 months possible).

The successful applicants will be part of the research project "Activist becomings in South Africa and Myanmar. Studying infrastructure and politics through activists' life-worlds" as funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); they will be in charge of the sub-projects in South Africa.

For further information see: anthropology-of-activism/

We seek highly motivated individuals holding an excellent university degree in Social or Cultural Anthropology. Ethnographic fieldwork experiences, especially in Africa, are particularly welcome.

The University of Konstanz encourages applications from people with a disability. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact +49 7531 / 88 - 4016).

The University of Konstanz is committed to further the compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a „Dual Career Couples Program". Information can be obtained from:

Applications (including reference number 2017/217) should contain the following:

  1. CV, including the names of two referees;
  2. Certified copies of diplomas and certificates;
  3. Copy of the M.A. thesis (or its equivalent) as a PDF file on CD-ROM;
  4. Letter of application with reference to one of the two Ph.D. projects on South Africa as outlined on the DFG website;
  5. Exposé of 1,5 pages pointing out your intrinsic intellectual motivation for pursuing the research project of your choosing.

Please submit your application, along with reference number 2017/217 by 26 January 2018 at the latest to the attention of Prof. Dr. Thomas G. Kirsch; Lehrstuhl für Ethnologie; Fachbereich Geschichte und Soziologie, Fach 38; Universität Konstanz; 78457 Konstanz, Germany. Incomplete applications will not be considered. An interview will be part of the selection process for those being shortlisted.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirsch:

Application deadline: 26.01.2018

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