The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is a leading academic centre for international development studies, and a University Institute of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). It is one of the oldest institutes in this field, having been established in 1952 by Dutch universities and the Netherlands Ministry of Education as a postgraduate institute for research, education and capacity building. The institute offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15.5-month MA in Development studies with five Majors, and several post-graduate Diploma courses. Students come from over 50-60 countries.
The Staff Group Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies has a vacancy (1.0 FTE) for a Postdoctoral researcher (18 months) in the field of: Agrarian and Environmental Studies (AES).
The Staff Group is engaged in research, teaching, advisory work and institutional capacity building in international development studies. It has recently formed a research program (RP), Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population, which included the research areas of agrarian and environmental studies.
The successful candidate is expected to bring innovative research capacity to the ISS in the field of Agrarian and Environmental Studies, complementing and/or extending our work, among others, on environmental conservation, natural resource conflicts, and land grabs. The specific objective of the appointment is for a recently graduated (or soon to graduate) PhD to publish results from previous research, initiate new research, and contribute to the formulation and writing of research (grant) proposals (0.8 FTE), and to develop teaching experience that will enable her/him to make the transition from PhD researcher to an academic professional (0.2 FTE). Thematically, these activities will be focused on the broad areas of critical Agrarian and Environmental Studies, but the ideal candidate should have experience and be willing to conduct research in the specific areas of environmental conservation, political ecology and natural resource use and management from a critical political economy perspective.
o A recently or nearly completed PhD in the social sciences (geography, anthropology, political science, sociology, etc.);
o Evidence of publication capacity, including an emerging publications track record and clear research and publications plans;
o Modest teaching experience, preferably at post-graduate level;
o Teaching/research experience in the Global South;
o Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary and international team;
o Willingness to travel and conduct research abroad.
While open to all regional specializations, preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Recruitment will be made for an appointment of 1.5 years. A starting date between July-August 2013 is anticipated. Besides the detailed profile given above, the position involves the following tasks and responsibilities:
* Publish high-quality articles and chapters;
* Assist members of the research group with the writing and submission of research grants and externally financed research programs;
* Undertake new research and (co-) publish on issues relevant to the AES programme, preferably focused on, but not limited to, Dr. Bram Buscher’s ongoing research on environmental conservation (see www.brambuscher.com for more information);
* Contribute to the teaching of the Major Agrarian and Environmental Studies.
Appointment: ISS/EUR will offer a fixed temporary contract of 1.5 years.
The appointment is envisaged at Postdoctoral level (scale 10 CAO NU).
In accordance with those applied at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities. Salary being dependent on the candidate’s experience ranges from ¬ 2403,- to ¬ 3793,- gross per month under full-time contract. In addition, ISS pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment which is for 2013: 8,3%.
Applications and more information:
Applications, accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names of three Referees, should be addressed to the Personnel Office (Ms. Sabine Zebel), International Institute of Social Studies, P.O. Box 29776, 2502LT, The Hague, The Netherlands, preferablysend in electronic form directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, before the 15th of May 2013. With equal qualifications preference will be given to a woman. Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output and at that stage their referees will be contacted. More information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Bram Buscher, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development, email@example.com, or Dr. Max Spoor, Professor of Development Studies and Chair of the Staff Group and the Research Programme (firstname.lastname@example.org).