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Call for Applications, Open PhD Positions, Migration policy as a pillar of social peace and the stability of states, Danube University Krems, Austria

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    Call for Applications 2017 – Open PhD Positions in Migration Studies on the topic:

    Migration policy as a pillar of social peace and the stability of states

    Crossposted from Democracies Online Newswire (an amazing resource see

    In close collaboration with other disciplines from the social- and natural sciences, life sciences, and engineering

    Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior and the European Union’s Asylum-, Migration- and Integrationfund (AMIF), the Faculty of Business and Globalization at Danube University Krems is pleased to announce 3 newly funded PhD positions in Migration Studies. Candidates admitted to the PhD Program will have the title PhD Research Scholar. This PhD program is meant to enhance the existing efforts at Danube University Krems in fostering interdisciplinary research and new methodological approaches in migration studies. This task will be undertaken in the six departments of the Faculty of Business and Globalization, in close cooperation with experts from the government sector. Depending on the focus of the PhD topic, a combined supervision with other collaborating institutions is possible.


    We are currently opening three PhD student positions to join our dynamic interdisciplinary research team at the Faculty of Business and Globalization at Danube University Krems. These positions provide young researchers with the unique opportunity to develop state-of-the art methodological competences. The PhD student will work with senior researchers in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environment, including various aspects of migration studies, informatics, economics and business studies, sustainability science, and public health. They are expected to participate in teaching as teaching assistants. These are 3-year, 30h/week positions.


    An important goal of this PhD program is assisting in evidence-informed policy design with a holistic understanding of migration policy as a pillar of social peace and the stability of states. Europe is at the center of continuous migrant and refugee movements of unprecedented scale, requiring policy makers to gain an in-depth understanding of the factors driving migration (security, income inequality, demography), facilitating migration (information and communication technology, social media) and the related impact in various fields (labor market, society, security, economy etc.). The program aims to pursue new ways of evidence-based policy making by understanding migration from a variety of methodological backgrounds, such as social or natural sciences and may focus on areas such as demography, economics, anthropology, psychology, political science, history etc. and applying diverse research methods [experimental research (e. g. game theory, behavioral economics), semantic research, data analytics (e. g. big data analysis, multivariate modeling), systems analysis (e.g. system dynamics, agent-based modeling, network analysis) and others]. Stakeholder collaboration – in particular with the Austrian Ministry of the Interior – is an integral part of this PhD program and research is to contribute towards a better understanding of migration flows and an evidence-based policy design. While migration requires an understanding of global trends and developments, special attention shall be given to the European context.


    Admission requirements

    ● Graduate Degree in relevant fields such as the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and others including Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Medicine, Anthropology, to name a few. Suitable combinations of these disciplines are highly welcome. Please note that applicants from all academic backgrounds are eligible to apply for this program.

    ● Prior experience in data analysis and programming, including statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, STATA, SPSS) is desirable
    ● Ability to work collaboratively within a trans- and interdisciplinary team that includes social, legal, and information scientists
    ● Research sketch (two-page-article)
    ● Excellent English language proficiency
    ● A working knowledge of German is an advantage, but not required.

    Selection procedure

    Selected applicants are invited to a hearing where they are expected to outline a cohesive research proposal on a topic of interest, which has the potential of becoming part of their later PhD thesis (template to be downloaded from the website). A commission decides on the admission based on the materials provided and the hearing.


    Admission for the PhD-Migration Studies, important dates

    ● Application deadline: April 30, 2017
    ● Admission hearings: 1st June, 2017

    Required documents

    ● Curriculum Vitae
    ● Proof of identity (Passport, Personal Identity Card)
    ● Proof of completed graduate degree (e.g., Master’s degree)
    ● TOEFL certificate or equivalent (B2 Level or higher, according to the CEFR levels)
    ● Documentation of prior experience and skills, related to the topic of the PhD-proposal
    ● A minimum of two letters of reference from internationally acknowledged scholars

    Funding Conditions / Contract

    The monthly salary according to the university’s remuneration system (W3/1) is EUR 2.085,- gross for 30hrs/week. The University provides a full work-space including a laptop and other required work materials. Travel costs to relevant conferences in Europe and abroad for the purpose of the PhD are also covered, including costs for open access publications for excellent research papers. Active integration in research groups and projects is provided to foster knowledge exchange and to support the potential candidates during the course of their PhD work.


    The Danube University Krems is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or any other basis protected by law.


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