Postdoctoral Researcher in Central Asian Studies at University of Amsterdam

A new opening postdoctoral associate position in humanities is available at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This position is available for 48 months in the first instance. Applications are welcome before June 01, 2020.

Research at the Faculty of Humanities (Humanities scholarships) is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies, one of the six research schools, offers a four year postdoc (postdoc scholarships) position as part of the ERC funded research project Building a Better Tomorrow: Development Knowledge and Practice in Central Asia and Beyond, led by dr Artemy Kalinovsky. Applications are invited from excellent candidates who wish to conduct research on the role of Central Asian social scientists, experts, and development workers in the Soviet era and after independence.

We are inviting applications for a post-doctoral candidate as part of the BuildingTomorrow project. This project proposes to study the influence of Central Asian economists, activists, specialists, and government officials who straddled the Soviet/post-Soviet divide by going to work in national and international development institutions after independence. By studying these individuals and the legacies of their work will allow us to investigate how ideas and practices of economic development and welfare provision were shaped and reshaped at the local and international level. The project will uncover how international development transformed post-Soviet Central Asia, and how the encounter with post-socialist states transformed paradigms and practices of international development.

The postdoc will work as part of a team consisting of the PI, a Senior Researcher, two PhD students, and another postdoctoral researcher to be hired separately.

This project will be carried out by a social and cultural historian, or an anthropologist of labor interested in using historical methods. The USSR placed great emphasis on the emancipation of women through their participation in production; but by the 1980s, many Soviet economists had similarly come around to the idea that allowing women to work from home, and produce for local factories or even for the market, would do more for their emancipation than the (disappointing) effort to draw them into factories; a similar shift took place in western development thought. The post-docs project asks why these shifts occurred, in what ways changes in the USSR influenced what happened abroad, and how the debates of the 1980s influenced the approach of development agencies after 1991.

The postdoctoral researcher will get an employment contract for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE) for a period of 48 months at the Department of European Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The research will be carried out under the aegis of ARTES. Initially an employment contract will be given for 12 months, with an extension for the following 36 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The intended starting date of the employment contract is 1 September 2020. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from 3,389 (scale 10) to 4,978 (scale 11). The UFO profile for this position is, dependent on relevant experience, Researcher 4 (scale 10) or Researcher 3 (scale 11). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Faculty of Humanities wants to improve the diversity of its research community with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexuality (sexuality scholarships) and class. Applications that contribute to this are particularly encouraged.

Please submit your application no later than 1 June 2020 using the link below. Only complete applications received via this link will be considered. #LI-DNP

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