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The advertised position is part of the new four-years FWO/FWF funded project “Development implications of involuntary immobility”, which is collaboratively implemented with researchers at the University of Ghent, Belgium. This project will investigate conceptually and empirically the extent to which involuntary immobility affects human development focusing on three dimensions: individuals’ subjective well-being and mental health, their life aspirations, and behavioural responses and alternatives for migration. Large numbers of young people around the world, particularly in developing countries, wish to migrate but lack the capacity to do so. This phenomenon has been called “involuntary immobility” and may pose important challenges for human development. Focusing on those who perceive themselves to be immobile against their wish, we seek to understand why some ‘feel stuck’ and disillusioned, while others cognitively and behaviorally adapt their aspirations in favour of alternatives to migration, or alternative migration options and destinations. The PhD candidate is expected to work and conduct research on the dynamic nexus between aspirations and behaviour triggered by involuntary immobility. The PhD candidate will further contribute to the UWK tasks of the project and conduct a PhD project that relates to and uses the data of the project.
We require the following qualifications for the application:
In addition, the following criteria are desirable:
Persons with disabilities who meet the required profile criteria are expressly invited to apply for this position. The University of Continuing Education Krems sees high innovation potential in the diversity of its employees and is committed to diversity as a guiding principle.
We look forward to receiving your online application by 27 June 2023 via our online tool: Vacancies - University for Continuing Education Krems (donau-uni.ac.at)
Your application should include:
Candidates who are also interested in a similar but more quantitatively oriented PhD position at Ghent University are encouraged to apply there as well through PhD Student — Ghent University (ugent.be).
After careful consideration of the applications, selected candidates will be invited for an interview with a small committee (Prof. Mathias Czaika, Prof. Ilse Ruyssen, Prof. Sorana Toma) in the week of 3 July 2023 (tentative date).
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Mathias Czaika (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information about the Department for Migration and Globalization can be found on the website https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/university/faculties/business-globalization/departments/migration-globalization.html
We would like to inform you that we currently also have another PhD position in Migration Studies (FAiR Project) available at the University for Continuing Education Krems. You can find it under the following link: https://bit.ly/3oNyXNX