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Three PhD candidates in Future Health

The Department of Anthropology, one of the Departments in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) , is looking for three PhD candidates who will …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


The Department of Anthropology, one of the Departments in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) , is looking for three PhD candidates who will participate in the research project 'Global future health: a multi-sited ethnography of an adaptive intervention' (FutureHealth), which is funded through a European Research Council Starting Grant.

The research project is a multi-sited ethnography of an emergent global health intervention to improve nutrition in the first 1000 days of life. We will study how the intervention is designed and then variously adapted as it is implemented in different sites. The project will draw on and combine research repertoires from various anthropological subfields – ranging from medical anthropology, science ethnography, environmental anthropology, development studies, and political/legal anthropology. The aim is to study the social life of a maternal-child nutrition initiative while adding insight into the question of how anthropologists work with, alongside, and at times in contrast to other fields.

We are seeking candidates to carry out in-country ethnography of the intervention in one of three national sites (Guatemala, the Netherlands, the Philippines).

  • Conduct focused ethnographic field research of the intervention’s deployment in selected national contexts;
  • collaborate with peers who are conducting fieldwork in other sites, to jointly define themes for in-depth inquiry and analysis;
  • write a PhD thesis as well as articles to be submitted to international refereed journals;
  • participate in the AISSR PhD program;
  • participate actively in (the organization of) conferences, workshops, seminars and other scholarly activities and in a variety of online communities;
  • 10% teaching (upon availability).


Candidates will have the following credentials:

  • completed MA degree in social/cultural anthropology or closely related discipline;
  • experience in conducting ethnographic fieldwork;
  • willingness and demonstrated ability to work collegially with other members of the research team and participate actively in the activities of the project;
  • excellent written and spoken English;
  • research experience in the field of FutureHealth and relevant language competence(s) will be considered a strong advantage.


The full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year), starting after 1 June 2018.

The gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance, in conformity with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Additional information

You may obtain additional information about the vacancy from:

You may send your applications as a single e-mail attachments no later than 15 May 2018 to:

Applications must include, in a single PDF file:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter (maximum 400 words);
  • names and contact details of two recommenders;
  • a proposal for a focused ethnographic study (in Guatemala, the Netherlands, the Philippines—or a convincing argument for the important of considering another site) including a section on methodology, and a reflection on theoretical implications of the proposed study (2,000 words maximum);
  • a copy of one or two written works (thesis and/or essay or and/or article) which provide evidence of ethnographic fieldwork experience and ability to theorize (not necessarily in the field of FutureHealth);
  • if non-native English speaking, a recent Toefl Score;
  • official, that is, certified, transcripts from each college, seminary or graduate school attended; applicants enrolled in school at the time of application are asked to provide a list of current and projected courses for the academic year, and to send a transcript or informal record of fall term grades as soon as possible.

We will not take applications with missing credentials into consideration.

Please note that any copies of the required official documents must be authenticated. Diplomas, certificates, transcripts of records, and lists of grades must be submitted in the English or Dutch language. Any translation of originals not in these languages must be authenticated as well.

All correspondence will be in English.

The subject of the Email message and the attachment must consist of the text 'FutureHealth+ applicant's last name'.