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PhD candidates Migration and the Family in Morocco (2 positions of 1.0 FTE)

The ‘Living on the Other Side’ research project consists of three sub-projects, two of which are projects undertaken by Ph.D. students. Both PhD projects will …

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Standplaats:
Steenschuur, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The ‘Living on the Other Side’ research project consists of three sub-projects, two of which are projects undertaken by Ph.D. students. Both PhD projects will be carried out in Morocco. The aim is to gain a detailed understanding of the ways in which the legal rights of migrants are regulated, distributed, and claimed in the domain of family law by focusing on four Moroccan cities. We will also ascertain the differences and similarities across and within the migration populations under study.
European leaders negotiate migration agreements with North African governments. Yet, what are the laws that govern personal status code (family law) matters in these countries and how do receiving states and migrants apply them in practice? Family law plays a crucial role in legal identity and in securing basic human rights, and given that many migrants in Morocco experience major life events -marriage, birth, divorce, death-, ‘Living on the Other Side’ deals with family law in particular. The project is led by PI Dr Nadia Sonneveld and funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) by means of an Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, also known as the VIDI grant.

PhD project 1
Morocco is transforming from a migrant sending and transit country to a destination country. Migrants from West/Central Africa form a significant and visible part of the total number of regular and irregular migrants in Morocco. Using legal analysis and ethnographic fieldwork, this project asks how (forced) migrants from West/Central Africa deal with the legal aspects of major life events in 2 major Moroccan cities?

PhD project 2
A small, but increasing number of (forced) migrants from the Middle East seeks shelter in Morocco. Using legal analysis and ethnographic fieldwork, this project asks how (forced) migrants from the Middle East (Yemen, Iraq, Syria) deal with the legal aspects of major life events in 2 major Moroccan cities.

Key responsibilities:

  • To engage in supervised scientific research that will result in a doctoral thesis;
  • To carry out a systematic literature analysis related to the research;
  • To conduct field research in 2 different cities in Morocco;
  • To prepare and submit research output for publication in peer-reviewed international scientific journals;
  • To participate actively in all activities related to the VIDI research project and other activities of the Van Vollenhoven Institute.

Functie-eisen

  • Master degree in law and/or social sciences or humanities, with demonstrated interest in migration and the Middle East and North Africa region;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English; good command of Arabic and/or French is desirable; knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage;
  • Ability and willingness to carry out empirical research and stay for extended periods in Morocco;
  • Keen interest in interdisciplinary socio-legal research methods and approaches;
  • Willingness to use digital research tools (e.g. reference management software or qualitative analysis programs);
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team and share research data.

Conditions

Candidates will be offered a contract by Leiden University. We offer a fixed-term position for a period of one year with an extension of three years pending positive evaluation. Ultimately the appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The starting date of the appointment is as soon as possible, but no later than 1 September 2019.
Salary range from €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Diversity
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Dennis Janssen, email d.c.f.m.janssen@law.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 7912. A detailed project description is available on request.

Applications
Please submit online your application no later than 18 March 2019, via the blue button in our application system. Candidates interested in this position should send their application (in English) electronically, including:

  • A motivation letter;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A digital copy of your MA thesis or other major writing sample;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts;
  • The names, positions, and contact details of two (academic) referees.

Candidates who are invited for an interview assessment, may be requested to submit a writing assignment prior to the interview.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.