Postdoc position for VICI project ‘Engaged scholarship’


Offered by:

VU University Amsterdam

Research / Academic


Working closely with the PI, the Postdoc will focus on (1) supervising PhDs in SA and the US; (2) analyzing and contextualizing (with the PhDs) the narratives of refugees and engaged scholars; (3) organizing co-creation meetings with societal and academic stakeholders in SA and the US. These tasks will be performed in close collaboration with the international research (professors André Keet [Nelson Mandela University] and Salim Vally [University of Johannesburg] in South Africa and professors Yen Le Espiritu [UC San Diego] and Abel Valenzuela [UC Los Angeles] in the US).

Tasks for the Postdoc researcher will include:

• Preparing, with the PI, the project’s first joint meeting: (1) to elaborate the conceptual framework of this project and discuss country-specific issues (such as local sensitivities regarding research ethics and data collection); (2) to identify the essential local, national, and international stakeholders for this project; (3) to refine the possibilities for utilization this research and identify potential country-specific and/or international societal partners to join the project.

• Conducting a historical mapping of discussions on critically engaged scholarship and policies related to refugees’ inclusion in SA and the US. This information will be used to situate the narratives of refugees and engaged scholars collected by the PhDs.  

• Helping to select transformative narratives which will serve as input for the participatory co-creation phase involving a variety of stakeholders.

• Leading a one-year intensive collaboration with stakeholders in both countries (together with the PhDs, PI and the international research partners) to discuss the patterns of exclusion and conditions for changes towards inclusion.

• Participating fully in VICI project activities, publications and reports in collaboration with the other VICI researchers.

• Participating in international conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities.


• PhD in social sciences or humanities with knowledge of critical theory.
• Excellent qualitative research skills, demonstrated in previous publications and participation in research projects (knowledge of co-creation engaged research is a plus).
• Knowledge of refugee or migrant studies.
• Excellent English writing and communication skills.
• Excellent publication and utilization record.
• Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate within an international team.
• Preparedness to conduct periods of fieldwork in SA and the US.

Salary Benefits:

This is a temporary appointment for 3 years and 0.8 fte, starting 1 January 2019 with an initial contract of 12 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining 24-month period.

You can find information about our excellent fringe employment benefits at, like:
• an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP)
• a minimum of 29 holidays for full-time employees 

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel. Depending on experience, it will range from a minimum €2,640.- gross per month up to a maximum of
€4,166.- gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time employment.

Work Hours:

40 hours per week


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