PhD candidate in Mobility trajectories of young lives: Life chances of transnational youth in Global South and North (MO-TRAYL)

Maastricht University - Department Technology and Society Studies

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 1.00 fte, 4 years

Applicants are invited for a 4 year PhD position within the project “Mobility trajectories of young lives: Life chances of transnational youth in Global South and North (MO-TRAYL)”. The project is funded by the European Research Council (Consolidator Grant), awarded to the principal investigator, Valentina Mazzucato.

Job description
The PhD student will conduct ethnographic research amongst youth of Ghanaian migrant background in one of the four case-study countries. You will be part of a team of researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds working on this project and are joining a larger and established group of transnational migration scholars at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, internationally known for their multi-sited and interdisciplinary research. Using classical ethnographic methodologies such as participant observation, and also innovative digital data collection through specifically designed Apps, you will have a chance to work with youth in their school and home environments. Each PhD will work independently and in collaboration with the other researchers in the project, in order to produce comparable data while at the same time focusing on their own expertise and interests. 

Ethnographically experienced social scientists with a Masters degree (in education science, anthropology, migration studies, international development studies or a related social science) are invited to apply. The PhD candidates will be based in Maastricht and will spend 1 year doing fieldwork in Ghana, The Netherlands, Belgium or Germany. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite. The candidate should have a proven ability to work in a team and have the desire to explore across disciplinary boundaries. Some experience living or doing research in Africa will be considered favorably in the selection process.

What we have to offer
We offer three 4 year full-time appointments as PhD students. The first year will be a probation period and after a positive assessment each position will be extended by another 3 years.

Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2.191,-- with a yearly growth to € 2.801,-- gross a month.

Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

Starting date: 1 March 2017 (or thereabout).

Information on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available on our website:

Any enquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to Valentina Mazzucato:

Information about the research project and about the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development see:

Information about the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development research programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, see:

Interested candidates are invited to supply us with:

  1. A letter of motivation summarising relevant experience and reasons for interest in the position (please also specify which of the ethnographic sites are preferred (The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany or Ghana, or if there is no preference).
  2. A CV.
  3. A grade transcript of previous education at Masters level.
  4. A sample of their best writing (e.g. published article, blogpost, thesis chapter), preferably single-authored.

The deadline for submitting your application is 15 November 2016

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