Vacancies

One PhD position at MiReKoc

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to contribute to our newly starting project entitled “ADMIGOV: Advancing Alternative Migration Governance”, starting on 1 February 2019. The PhD student will work full-time in Turkey and will be hired and payed by Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. She/he will opportunity to visit the University of Amsterdam on regular basis as she/he will also receive supervision from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Programme Group Challenges of Democratic Representation – Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and defend his/her thesis at the University of Amsterdam, or at both universities (depending on the agreement between the two universities). Applications should be submitted by December 10, 2018 to mirekoc@ku.edu.tr

Job Summary

This is a joint-PhD position between the University of the Koç and the University of Amsterdam. The PhD will be hired at MIREKOC, Koç University, be able to stay also in Amsterdam for some time, and defend the thesis in Amsterdam (or if possible at both universities).

The PhD student will be part of the research team that runs “ADMIGOV: Advancing Alternative Migration Governance” in which Turkey, the Netherlands and 8 other countries are involved.  The research will obtain insight into the current gap between the principles of policy on the one hand and its practice on the other. The aim is to develop alternative forms of migration policy that are optimally aligned with its principles and consequently contribute to a future-proof migration policy. The research will be carried out in the prosperous part of the EU (such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) as well as at the edges of the EU (Greece, Turkey, Spain and Poland). The Koç team is responsible for the data collection and analysis in the Turkish context contributing the work packages researching protection and development.

The project is led by the University of Amsterdam and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The starting date is 1 February 2018. The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Ahmet İçduygu and Dr. Ayşen Üstübici of Koç University and Dr. Anja van Heelsum of the University of Amsterdam.

Project Description

ADMIGOV investigates whether assumptions about the root causes of migration as mentioned in one the leading documents of the UN – the New York Declaration – can become a more important part of future-oriented migration governance. This rests within the overall framework of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 10) to reduce global inequalities. Recent scholarship has recognised that migrants’ decision-making is influenced by an array of complex factors arising between the destination and origin and that migrants’ decision-making needs to be understood across each stage of the migration journey.  Therefore, we need to find out on the ground, how migrant decision making in practice works, and under what circumstances the first country of arrival becomes a transit country, and why people decide to move on.  The PhD research will investigate the situation of migrants from a perspective of migrants’ motives and decision making, informed by the latest literature.  He or she will study the on the ground situation of migrants using a mixed method approach. Together with the rest of the Koç team the PhD will help organising the on-going survey and undertake in-depth interviews in Turkey.

The PhD project is expected to make both an independent conceptual contribution to our understanding of migrant’s decision making and to cooperate in generating data of use to the larger ADMIGOV project. Therefore, we are looking for a PhD Candidate with a focus on migration decision-making, migration governance and specific policy interventions in the context of Turkey (comparison with other countries within the scope of the project is a possibility).

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to have a high level of competence and motivation to undertake the following tasks:

  • Complete and defend a PhD thesis (in or just after four years);
  • Become part of the team that analyses quantitative and qualitative data gathered in Turkey
  • Undertake in-depth interviews and participant observations and gather data relevant and available to the overall project;
  • Contribute (as co-author) to the writing up of reports for the European Union and research papers to be submitted to scientific journals;
  • Regularly present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences;
  • When necessary work with relevant practitioners;
  • Contribute to the organisation of research activities and events of the ADMIGOV project, such as conferences, workshops, online learning videos and joint publications.

Competency and Criteria

Ideal candidates:

  • Have obtained a (research) master’s degree in a field relevant to the theme of the research, in particular social sciences, anthropology, migration studies, politics, international relations, human or political geography, sociology.
  • Can demonstrate a strong interest and commitment in the topic of this PhD project;
  • Has experience and will to work with both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Willing to follow rigorous conceptual and methodological training to meet requirements of the project
  • Has experience working in migrants, refugees and potentially vulnerable groups
  • Are persons with initiative, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • Have well-developed analytical skills as well as creativity and perseverance;
  • Possess good academic writing, presentation and organisational skills;
  • Are familiar with (some of the) academic literatures and policy areas relevant to the project;
  • Be willing to spend time in Istanbul and Amsterdam.
  • Are able to communicate effectively in Turkish and English both orally and in writing. The knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Duration

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years. In the first instance, a contract will be given for 12 months; if positively evaluated, the contract will be extended for another 36 months.

The successful candidate will begin their project on 1 February 2019.

Application and Further Information

Applications must contain:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a full CV;
  • an official transcript of the grades during your studies as well as diploma;
  • proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL, IELTS or other relevant scores)
  • a research plan of maximum 2,000 words. The research plan should outline how you would approach the research topic, including the kinds of questions the project might ask, the methods it might use and the theories to which it might connect;
  • two reference letters

 

Applications must be sent to mirekoc@ku.edu.tr by December 10, 2018. Emailed applications should mention “PhD position for ADMIGOV” in the subject line and should contain the documents as an attachment (in one single pdf-file). Applicants should also make necessary arrangement for two reference letters to be sent in a separate email.

Interviews for this position will be held between December 17th and 21st.

Please note that incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Please consult departmental websites for further information.

http://aissr.uva.nl/

https://gsssh.ku.edu.tr/en/

https://mirekoc.ku.edu.tr/

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Ayşen Üstübici (Koç University), Prof Dr. Ahmet İçduygu (Koç University) and Dr. Anja van Heelsum (UvA).

 

Visiting Fellows

Ph.D. students and Postdoctoral researchers

Program for visiting fellows is open to Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers who would like to spend two to twelve months at Koç University in interaction with MiReKoc affiliated faculty and researchers, to participate in seminars and workshops and to develop their research in Koç University’s excellent academic environment. Visitors receive a Koç University ID card, therefore can use the facilities and the library only on site. The shared office space is allocated based on availability. Furthermore, the Ph.D. and above level  visitors are expected to give a universitywide seminar regarding the topic of their research as well as publish a working paper under MiReKoc Working Paper Series. Please note that MiReKoc does not have funding for visiting fellows. Fellows will be responsible for the arrangement of their own accommodation. 

Applicants should send a Letter of Intent that expresses their reasons for application and summarizes their research area, their CV and the names and contact information of two referees via email to mirekoc@ku.edu.tr.

Recent graduates with an MA degree or MA students preparing a thesis

This position is also open to recent graduates with an MA degree or MA students preparing a thesis, who would like to conduct further research, participate in seminars and workshops and to develop their research in Koç University’s excellent academic environment. They are expected to regularly visit the campus and may make use of shared office space, based on availability. Integration to MiReKoc research projects will depend on the necessity during that period and fellows might be asked to support the center with administrative tasks. Visitors receive a Koç University ID card, therefore can use the facilities and the library only on site. Selected fellows can be asked to give a universitywide seminar regarding the topic of their research as well as publish a working paper under MiReKoc Working Paper Series. Please note that MiReKoc does not have funding for visiting fellows. Fellows will be responsible for the arrangement of their own accommodation. 

Graduate students and junior professional workers are welcomed to collaborate at MiReKoc during one of the three available terms:

(1) Spring term: Spring term takes place throughout February-March-April-May. Applications are welcomed during the period of 1-15 December every year. The announcements for accepted candidates will be made on the first week of January.

(2) Summer term: Summer term takes place throughout June-July-August. Applications are welcomed during the period of 1-15 April every year. The announcements for accepted candidates will be made on the first week of May.

(3) Autumn term: Autumn term takes place throughout September-October-November-December. Applications are welcomed during the period of 1-15 July every year. The announcements for accepted candidates will be made on the first week of August.

Potential candidates can apply during the periods indicated above by emailing a CV and a cover letter to mirekoc@ku.edu.tr.

Summer Internship with KUSRP

Koç University Summer Research Program is a seven-week program for motivated undergraduates from different universities who want to improve their research skills and plan to attend graduate school. The program offers the undergraduates the opportunity to gain research experience that helps them decide if they want to pursue graduate education or professional research career. Beginning and ending dates are flexible to accommodate the needs of the particular student and the research faculty, but the usual summer term includes June-July-August period. Potential candidates interested in doing a summer internship at MiReKoc with KUSRP can apply by filling out the Application Form and returning it to KU Summer Research Program for Undergraduates. For detailed information about the program and application process, please visit the program website.