Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

FIXED TERM: The funding for this position is limited. The position will be offered for either for .6 FTE or for .8 FTE (29 months or 22 months, respectively) beginning 1st February 2018 and is subject to confirmation of funding.

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant for the project 'Multi-Level Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond (RESPOND), funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020. The University of Cambridge (PI Dr Naures Atto) is one of the 14 partners in this project. The Research Assistant will be based in Cambridge and work closely with Dr Naures Atto but also with other partner colleagues elsewhere. The successful applicant is expected to have at least an MA degree in one of the fields of the Social Sciences or Middle Eastern Studies.

With the goal of enhancing the governance capacity and policy coherence of the EU, its member states and neighbours, RESPOND is a comprehensive study of migration governance in the wake of the 2015 Refugee Crisis. Bringing together 14 partners from 7 disciplines, the project probes policy-making processes and policy (in)coherence through comparative research in source, transit and destination countries. RESPOND analyses migration governance across macro (transnational, national), meso (sub-national/local) and micro levels (refugees/migrants) by applying an innovative research methodology utilizing legal and policy analysis, comparative historical analysis, political claims analysis, socio-economic and cultural analysis, longitudinal survey analysis, interview based analysis, and photovoice techniques.

The Research Assistant is expected to get involved in all project tasks assigned to the University of Cambridge; conduct desk research, fieldwork, analyse the empirical material, write country and case specific comparative reports and publish academic articles. Furthermore, the Research Assistant will support the PI in the coordination of an art exhibition and documentary, which are part of the dissemination of the project, and provide support in the administration of the project and report writing.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications should include a CV, a letter of interest, names of two referees, and a published article or a copy of your MA thesis. Informal enquiries about the role may be made to Dr Naures Atto (

The closing date for applications is Monday 20 November 2017. Interviews will take place in late November and may be conducted via Skype.

Please quote reference GU13546 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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