Research positions in the ERC-funded project “Unlikely refuge?”, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences — LIMITE : 15/​04/​2019

The ERC Consol­idator project “Unlikely refuge ? Refugees and citi­zens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century”, led by the prin­cipal inves­ti­gator Dr. Michal Frankl and hosted at the Masaryk Insti­tute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, welcomes appli­ca­tions for research posi­tions starting with September 1, 2019.

Dead­line for submis­sion : April 15, 2019

About the project :

The compar­a­tive research project aims to write refugees back into the history of East-Central Europe, a region which is often consid­ered a place to leave rather than to search refuge in. The project team will system­at­i­cally probe the inter­ac­tions of civil soci­eties, human­i­tarian organ­i­sa­tions and nation states with refugees in Poland, Czecho­slo­vakia, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia and their successor states in the 20th century.

The research conducted within the project will grav­i­tate towards four refugee moments in the history of East-Central Europe which expose the ways in which refugees were discussed, received and categorised :

  • WWI and the creation of the nation-states
  • The end of the 1930s and the Nazi-era refugees
  • Cold war refugees (roughly 1950s)
  • Post-Commu­nist refugees (1990s)

To extend and chal­lenge the prevailing narra­tives centered around refugees as national and/​or polit­ical dias­poras, the project team will deploy a variety of methods, such as micro­his­tor­ical approaches and spatial studies, and will examine human­i­tar­i­anism and the rela­tion­ship between refugees and (ethnic) citi­zen­ship in the region. For further details, see the project web-site.

About the positions :

  • We offer partic­i­pa­tion in the work of a highly moti­vated and transna­tional research team.
  • At this moment, the project opens posi­tions equiv­a­lent to six full-time jobs, with a certain flex­i­bility with regard to the number of hours per month (from full time to part time).
  • The maximum dura­tion is five years, the length of the project.
  • The project welcomes appli­ca­tions from researchers at the post-doctoral level and beyond (in excep­tional and highly rele­vant cases, PhD students can be consid­ered as well).
  • The candi­date will conduct research in one or more coun­tries within the scope of the project. S/​he can either reside Prague or in one of these coun­tries, in accord with the prin­cipal inves­ti­gator. In excep­tional cases, another EU country of resi­dence can be negotiated.
  • The salary will be compliant with the salary levels of the host insti­tu­tion and commen­su­rate with expe­ri­ence. In addi­tion to that, it will take into account the living costs in the country of resi­dence to make the posi­tion inter­na­tion­ally competitive.

The applicants are expected to :

  • demon­strate their ability to conduct first-class research, as a part of transna­tional research team,
  • prove a good knowl­edge of English as the project language and of at least one other rele­vant language,
  • prove their knowl­edge of the research of at least one country with regard to refugees,
  • suggest spatial and temporal focus of their research within the project, and option­ally submit a specific research project (the researcher will devote about 50% of time to his/​her sub-project, depending on specific arrange­ments with the prin­cipal investigator)

Application process :

Appli­ca­tions, marked “UnRef” in the subject, should be sent to no later than April 15, 2019 and must include (prefer­ably in one PDF, with the excep­tion of exam­ples of candidate’s work):

  • cover letter
  • struc­tured CV and bibliography
  • option­ally a project outline (up to 1000 words)
  • option­ally exam­ples of published or unpub­lished texts

All mate­rials (with the excep­tion of the exam­ples of candidate’s work) must be in English.

Selected appli­cants will be invited for inter­views to take place in Prague or Vienna during May and June 2019.

Ques­tions should be directed to the prin­cipal inves­ti­gator at