doctoral researcher

Open position for a social scientist with previous field expertise in Spain in the interdisciplinary research project "Elastic Borders - Rethinking the Borders of the 21st Century" @UniGraz; deadline 28 December 2022



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The Centre for South-East European Studies is looking for a

doctoral researcher (m/f/d)

30 hours a week 

 temporary position until 31.10.2026* 

position to be filled as of now


For our research project "Elastic Borders - Rethinking the Borders of the 21st Century" we are setting up an interdisciplinary team of six researchers to conduct a comprehensive study of the EU's external borders. The project explores the legal, technological and socio-political dimensions of increasingly mobile border practices in two research units. Research Unit 1 examines the legal and technological preconditions of contemporary border practices, while Research Unit 2 explores their socio-political consequences with three ethnographies  in Greece (Samos), Spain (Teneriffe) and Tunisia (Medenine). The project is directed by Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata and funded by the Nomis Foundation.

Your duties

  • Implementation of a subproject on the socio-political impacts of changing border practices in Teneriffe, Canary Islands (ethnographic research)
  • Compiling of data sets, data collection and data analysis for own subproject but also contributing to other subprojects within the project
  • Complete a dissertation within the scope of the subproject
  • Regular interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration within the project team
  • Compiling and contributing to reports, academic articles and edited volumes
  • Contribution to the organization of workshops, conferences and research studios
  • Contribution to project management tasks

Your Profile

  • Excellent MA degree in in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology or related fields)
  • Sound knowledge of academic scholarship on borders and migration
  • Previous experience with ethnographic fieldwork
  • Excellent command of Spanish, additional knowledge of French or Arabic is an advantage
  • Previous research or work experience on the Canary Islands is an advantage
  • Interest or experience in interdisciplinary work in an international team
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Self-initiative
  • Ability to work in teams

Our Offer


Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective Agreement): B1

Minimum Salary

The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR 3.058,60 gross/month (for full-time employment). This minimum salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.

We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. Take advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

Application deadline: 28.12.2022

The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women in particular in management and faculty positions and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

Especially with regard to academic staff, we welcome applications from persons with disabilities who meet the requirements of the advertised position.

The protection of our students and staff is very important to us! For this reason, preference is given to persons who can provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, assumed that they have the same professional qualifications. For further information, please refer to our general application regulations.

* Please note the limitations of § 109 UG (university act), especially in the case of short contract terms. For further information, please refer to our general application regulations.

For further information or questions, please contact:

Mag.phil. Tanja Bilaver
+43 (0)316 380 - 6823

Please note that in order to comply with the applicable data protection regulations, we can only accept applications via our web-based applicant tool for this vacant position.

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Mag.phil. Tanja Bilaver

Tel. +43 (0)316 380 - 6823

tanja.bilaver[ at ]