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03 november 2015

VACATURE: Research assistant for MADE 'Migration as Development' project University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam

Job description

TheDepartment of Sociologyis one of the departments in theFaculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). Research and education are carried out by special institutes. The College of Social Sciences (CSS) and the Graduate School for the Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the social sciences. Research takes place under the aegis of theAmsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), a multidisciplinary research institute, the biggest one of its kind in the Netherlands and possibly in Europe. The broad scope and pluralism of our education and research programmes are inspired by and reflect a strong degree of internationalisation.

The Department of Sociology and the AISSR are seeking a research assistant to work on the‘Migration as Development’ (MADE)project (2015-2020), for which Hein de Haas, Professor of Sociology at the UvA, has been awarded a €1.75 million Consolidator grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The MADE project aims to develop new theoretical and empirical approaches for studying the developmental drivers of human mobility in the modern industrial-capitalist era (the 19th and 20th centuries). More specifically, the project will address the following question:  How do processes of social transformation and development shape the geographical orientation, timing, composition and volume of internal and international migration? MADE will involve quantitative tests of the developmental drivers of internal and international migration as well as mixed-methods case-studies to study the evolution of complex mobility systems in 6 countries around the world representing different development-migration trajectories. 

Project description
The assistant will support the management of the interdisciplinary research team working on the MADE project. Though not a formal requirement, candidates with experience and/or interest in migration research are particularly encouraged to apply.

Tasks will include:
  • coordinating the MADE team research activities, including the planning of project deliverables;
  • supporting the team leader, Prof Hein de Haas, as a personal research assistant;
  • planning meetings, seminars, including travel and accommodation;
  • provide team members with logistical assistance for the planning of fieldwork activities;
  • coordinate and manage project website;
  • proofreading, formatting and editing of MADE project working papers;
  • support research activities, such as database queries, library and archive research;
  • coordinating activities to ensure timely reporting to ERC (funder), including contributing to writing financial and narrative reports to the ERC;
  • tracking project finances in close collaboration with the PI and AISSR.
Successful applicants will have:
  • a BA degree in the social sciences or comparable (2015-2016 MA students may also apply);
  • excellent (native-level) English communication skills (written and spoken) and experience with editing and formatting social scientific texts;
  • experience conducting literature reviews;
  • excellent organizational and time-management skills, including ability to maintain an online filing system of documents and articles relevant to the team;
  • sufficient knowledge of Dutch (or willingness to learn) to navigate university bureaucracy;
  • familiarity with MS Office a must (particularly Word and Excel), and preferably with Endnote, NVivo, and OJS (open journal systems);
  • experience with managing budgets and accounting procedures;
  • willingness to travel internationally on occasional work-related activities.
Further information
For further information regarding the research project, please send an email to the principal investigator:
  • Prof. dr. Hein de Haas
This is a part time appointment for 15.2 hours per week, initially for a period of one year, starting on 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter, with the possibility of extension. With the exception of holidays, the research assistant is expected to be available during the entire year. Depending on previous experience, the gross monthly salary will range between €1,840 and €2,557 (scale 6) based on 38 hours per week. TheCollective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus.

Job application
All correspondence will be in English. Applications, consisting of a motivation letter, CV and the names of two references, must be sent by email as a single attachment toapplication-soc-fmg@uva.nlbefore 13 November 2015. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text: 'Research assistant MADE + applicant's last name'. 

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About this company

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a long history. It evolved from the Athenaeum Illustre (1632) and now, with around 31,000 students, 5,000 staff and a budget of over 487million euros, it ranks among the largest comprehensive universities of Europe. It belongs to the League of European Research Universities and maintains intensive contact with universities all over the world. At the University of Amsterdam, education and research are conducted in the seven faculties of the humanities, the social and behavioural sciences, economics and business, law, the natural sciences, medicine and dentistry. The University of Amsterdam has a broad academic curriculum. UvA staff publish around 7,500 academic articles each year. The university's academic research is at the top of the international league in many respects, and the applied research programmes are often of an interdisciplinary nature and are frequently concerned with social issues. The UvA aims to offer an inspiring, broadly-oriented international academ


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