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Scientific Staff at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.06.2021 of a
at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Reference number: 11965
Ph.D. Position with a focus on the Russian Arctic within the ERC project “Building Arctic Futures: Transport Infrastructures and Sustainable Northern Communities” (INFRANORTH)
The recently awarded ERC Advanced Grant INFRANORTH (PI Prof. Peter Schweitzer) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, a subunit of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna offers a Ph.D. position (30 hours a week for three years) with the regional focus on the Russian Artic.
The project (https://infranorth.univie.ac.at/) focuses on how residents of the Arctic, both indigenous and non-indigenous, engage with transport infrastructures and tries to understand the role of existing and planned infrastructure projects regarding the future of human habitation and sustainable community development in the Arctic. In addressing these tasks, the project will document the material and non-material entanglements of local residents with transport infrastructures in the coastal areas of the three macro-regions of the Arctic: the Russian Arctic, the North American Arctic, and the European Arctic.
Candidates with a background in social anthropology or related disciplines, knowledge of English and Russian (German is an advantage) and field experience or interest in the Arctic are encouraged to submit their applications (a cover letter, a CV, and a writing sample in English) via the job center of the University of Vienna. The call for the position will remain open at least until April 30th, 2021.
- Conducting and publishing research - Contributing to the overall project - Presenting results at international conferences and assisting in organizing project workshops
M.A. degree (or equivalent) in social/cultural anthropology (or related discipline) - Experience or interest in field-based research in the North on topics related to infrastructure, mobility and sustainable communities - Good command of Russian (at least oral) and English (written and oral) - Knowledge of a field-specific local or indigenous language is an advantage
- Curriculum vitae; motivation letter; diplomas and academic transcripts; short writing sample (preferably a summary of the master thesis); name and contact information of a potential referee
Main research field
Special research fields
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 09.05.2021, mentioning reference number 11965.
For further information please contact Kramer, Johannes Gabriel +43-1-4277-49536.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.