-Internal- Research assistant 'Vital Elements and Postcolonial Moves'

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The Department of Anthropology currently has an internal temporary vacancy concerning a part-time research assistant for the project ‘Vital Elements and Postcolonial Moves: Forensics as the Art of Paying Attention in a Mediterranean Harbour Town’ – led by Prof Amade M’charek. This project is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. Briefly, the project Vital Elements relates the problem of migration and in particular, migrant death in the Mediterranean, not so much to European deadly borders that kill, but to resources for live and livelihood.

What are you going to do

You will assist the principal investigator, Prof Amade M’charek.

This will entail:

  • organizing the (bi-)weekly Team meetings (planning, communication, writing minutes if needed, occasionally arranging lunch);
  • assisting with visiting scholars and with organizing Project events (workshops, lunch meetings with guests);
  • assisting the team with the organization of the serv-drive and data-management;
  • assisting the team with the curation of relevant literature;
  • assisting with the production and maintenance of the Project website;
  • assisting the PI with the midterm reports to the ERC;
  • assisting the PI with management of the agenda;
  • assisting the PI with research, such as:
    • conducting literature searches;
    • assisting in desk research for writing funding applications.

What do you have to offer

You have:

  • (some) experience with organizational and research related work, preferably within an ERC project;
  • a Master’s degree in anthropology or related disciplines;
  • outstanding organizational and communicative skills;
  • a pro-active and independent working attitude;
  • excellent proficiency in spoken and written English.

What can we offer you

The position is exclusively open to internal candidates and concerns temporary employment of 19 hours per week (0.5 fte) at the Department of Anthropology. The starting date will be on and no later than 1 April 2024. The position is for a maximum period of 45 months, in accordance with the available budget within the period of the project. Following a positive assessment after an initial employment term of one year max, and barring altered circumstances, the initial term may be extended for a period to 31 December 2027.

Depending on your relevant experience, the minimum salary will be €2,693 and the maximum salary €3,636 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week,Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

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Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Prof Amade M’charek, Professor Anthropology of Science,
    E:[email protected] , T: +31 6 54224486

Job Application

If this vacancy speaks to you, but you are uncertain whether you meet all requirements, please do apply. In light of the department’s commitment to diversity, we strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, and specifically from people of color, with a migration background, and/or with other backgrounds underrepresented in academia.

Are you currently employed at the UvA and recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 3 March 2024.

You may apply online by using the link below. Please upload the following materials combined into a single PDF document with your name and the vacancy number on the next page in the field labeled 'CV/Resume' (not the motivation letter field):

  • a letter of motivation, detailing next to your academic background in particular your experiences in organizational and communicative work;
  • you curriculum vitae.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a job interview.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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