Doctoral Student – Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an ‘Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’
The Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (www.eurostorie.org), Subproject Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”
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The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of
for a fixed term period from 1 January 2022 onwards (or as agreed) to contribute to the subproject Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie, www.eurostorie.org). The doctoral student will be employed for a defined term of two to four years, depending on the phase of the appointee’s thesis. Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates in four years.
The position is located at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie, www.eurostorie.org).
The CoE is a part of the interdisciplinary Centre of European Studies. The purpose of the CoE is to launch a new, third generation inquiry that critically explores the emergence of narratives of Europe as responses to the crises of the twentieth century and how these narratives have shaped the ideas of justice and community in Europe. It studies the foundational stories that underlie the contested idea of a shared European heritage in law and culture, such as the ideas of rule of law, equality, tolerance, pluralism and the rejection of totalitarianism, and their relevance for current debates on identity and history. The CoE is divided into three subprojects. For descriptions of the subprojects and their aims, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/law-identity-and-the-european-….
The subproject Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” traces narratives of Europe, traversing through both historical and current experiences of displacement. It focuses on the impact of displacement on shaping the European legal, social and religious/cultural narratives. The sub-project breaks up with the perception of displacement as one-sided and static transfer of knowledge and approaches it as dynamic and generative process. It traces the role of the experience of displacement and refuge in constructing the European legal and theological thought, in particular, the European identity grounded in the idea of rule of law and human rights. We encourage new and ambitious projects focusing on (but not limited to) digital borders and digitalisation of mobilities, institutional ethnographies, different regional perspectives, mobility histories, and research that would combine thematically two or three EuroStorie subprojects. We welcome applicants with a multidisciplinary academic background and experience in conducting high-level research in interdisciplinary groups. We offer an exciting and stimulating multidisciplinary research community.
The duties of a doctoral student are to work on their own doctoral thesis and to complete their postgraduate studies. The duties also include collaborative work with other researchers of EuroStorie, societal impact, teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.
Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic and have a high quality research proposal. Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to anthropology, sociology, human geography, law, or equivalent. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English is required.
The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately. (www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-i…).
What we offer
We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.
The salary shall be based on level 2-4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 30.000 – 39.000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.
How to apply
Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 23 April 2021.
Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as a single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages).
2) A list of publications. (You do not need to send copies of the publications themselves.)
3) A research plan not exceeding four (4) pages including a statement outlining how the proposed topic fits to the profile of the CoE and contributes to cross-disciplinary collaboration between the subprojects of the CoE.
4) Contact information and recommendation from one referee.
For instructions, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-arts/faculty/instructions-to-appli….
Further information about the position, and about the research theme Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, may be obtained (in English and Finnish) from Prof. Reetta Toivanen (firstname.lastname@example.org). and from the team leader Prof. Magdalena Kmak (email@example.com). In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.