UK Postdoc: Exploring Intergenerational Relations Amongst African
Migrants to Britain and France
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Mon Jun 2 10:26:57 EDT 2008
British Academy project,
"Exploring Intergenerational Relations Amongst African Migrants to Britain
Research Associate (fixed term 12 months from 1 September 2008)
Application Details: http://lssi.leeds.ac.uk/news/25
Closing Date: June 19, 2008
Applications are invited for a fixed term appointment as a Research
Associate to work on a British Academy funded project on 'Exploring
Intergenerational Relations Amongst African Migrants to Britain and France'
with Dr Joanne Cook (LSSI) and Dr Louise Waite (Geography).
With a PhD or close to obtaining one, or having equivalent research
experience in a relevant academic field, you should have experience of
qualitative fieldwork. A research background in one or more of the following
areas is essential: Migration / Family and/or intergenerational
relationships / Ethnicity / Postcolonial studies. You should have experience
of qualitative research, excellent communication skills and the capacity to
work to deadlines. You will be aware of public and academic debates in the
field of migration and settlement/integration, and of the sensitivities and
ethical issues related to working with diverse ethnic and faith groups and
of working with interpreters. Travel to and from various locations to
conduct research with recording equipment and a willingness to work flexible
hours on occasion during the working week (in line with fieldwork
requirements) are also essential.
University Grade 6 (£23,002 - £27,466p.a.) The appointment will be made at
or below £24,403 p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the
level at which the appointment can start.
Information about Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) and the project can
be found at http://www.lssi.leeds.ac.uk/ .
Informal enquiries to Joanne Cook, email j.m.cook at leeds.ac.uk or Louise
Waite, email l.waite at leeds.ac.uk
To apply on line please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk and click on 'jobs'.
Application packs are also available from Anne Prendergast, tel +44 (0)113
343 7393, email a.prendergast at leeds.ac.uk Job ref 318022. Closing date 19
June 2008. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Leeds on
Tuesday 1 July 2008.
Job Description: You will be responsible for the majority of the fieldwork
for the project. This will involve community outreach, organising,
conducting and analysing key informant interviews, focus groups and
biographical intergenerational interviews with 30 participants. This is a
comparative project between Britain and France (the French study is to be
carried out separately) so you will be involved in collaborative work
between the two teams and responsible for preparing comparative documents.
The post will be supervised by Dr Joanne Cook and Dr Louise Waite. Dr Cook
and Dr Waite will collaborate with you in the data analysis.
It is expected that you will have a postgraduate degree in a relevant
academic subject or relevant experience as a Research Assistant. Experience
of qualitative research and good communication skills are essential.
The duties of the post will include:
. Carry out a systematic review of literature and migration policy under the
guidance of the PI.
. Lead the community outreach phase of the research.
. Co-ordinate and carry out the interviews and assist with the focus groups
with participants in the Yorkshire region.
. Support the design of the family case studies and carry out the majority
of the interviews.
. Perform administrative duties in relation to the project, including
managing the project web-site and updates on the project's progress.
. Support in the coding and analysis of data (under supervision, as part of
. Liaising with other members of the team based in France.
. Managing the project data-base and organising and liaising with
interpreters and transcribers.
. Contribute to research reports/publications arising from the project.
. Involvement in the presentation of findings of the research.
. Participate in internal and external events including local, national and
international events as required by the PI of the project.
. Input ideas and determine your own day to day operation within agreed
parameters of the project.
. Any other reasonable duties in relation to the project as specified by the
. A research background in one or more of the following areas:
-Family and/or intergenerational relationships
. Hold a PhD or be close to obtaining a PhD or have equivalent research
experience in a relevant academic field (e.g. Geography; Sociology; Social
Policy, Anthropology, African Studies, Development Studies).
. Demonstrate an awareness of public and academic debates in the field of
migration and settlement/integration.
. Demonstrate an awareness of the sensitivities and ethical issues related
to working with diverse ethnic and faith groups and working with
. Experience of qualitative fieldwork, including conducting and analysing
. Excellent report writing and editing skills.
. Excellent time management and organisation skills.
. Excellent communication skills, including written.
. Ability to work with colleagues from diverse disciplines and in
multi-disciplinary international teams.
. Be able to work independently, under pressure and to deadlines.
. Be willing to travel to and from various locations to conduct research
with recording equipment.
. Demonstrate a willingness to work flexible hours on occasion during the
working week (in line with fieldwork requirements).
. Proven interdisciplinary research skills.
. Fluency in French.
. Experience of working in an ethnically diverse field environment.
. Previous experience of working with Africans.
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