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Postdoctoral researcher positions in Criminology/Sociology Kingston University London

4 Postdoctoral Researchers (ERC SEXHUM) Deadline 8 October 2016 - 36 Months - Kingston University London

Grade 8: £36,851 - £40,043 p.a. pro rata

Locations: London, Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), France (Marseille and Paris), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) and the United States (New York and Los Angeles).  

The Role

Four postdoctoral researchers are sought to work on the project ‘Sexual Humanitarianism: migration, sex work and trafficking’, funded by the ERC, the European Research Council (CoG 2015 682451), and based at Kingston University, London.

The project aims at gathering the experiences of migration, work and social intervention (including humanitarian and anti-trafficking initiatives) of migrant women, men and transgendered people who are working in the sex industry in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), France (Marseille and Paris), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) and the United States (New York and Los Angeles).

Researchers will be responsible for the implementation of the work programme in their assigned national setting during fieldwork and for the gathering and production of research data in cooperation with the PI.

They will work for 36 months including initial preparation, 18 months fieldwork in one of the four national settings of the research, inter-fieldwork team meetings and final writing up period.

Kingston University will hire 3 researchers to work in Australia, New Zealand and the USA (specifically in Los Angeles). The researcher to be based in France will be employed by Aix-Marseille University.

The Person

Researchers will possess (or be nearing completion of) a PhD in anthropology or sociology (or other relevant social sciences) and specific experience of working with sex work and migration issues. They must be willing to travel internationally between Kingston University and fieldwork setting and to spend significant time in both locations.

Knowledge of foreign languages spoken by migrant sex workers in the relevant national setting and experience of filmmaking and art-based research methodologies is highly desirable.

We are looking for people who ideally have:

  • experience of qualitative interviews with hard to reach and stigmatised groups,
  • a specific experience of working with migration and/or sex work issues,
  • personal contacts within the sex industry in the national settings they are applying for, and
  • excellent knowledge and sense of research ethics and requirements.

The project adopts a participatory community-based approach, meaning that people working in or with the sex industry are welcome to apply.

Further Information and How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for one of the four positions, please apply by sending an email with a covering letter, a CV outlining any relevant skills and experiences and the details of two referees (to be contacted in case of shortlisting) to the PI: Prof Nick Mai

Deadline for applications is 8 October 2016. Interviews will be held between 23 October and 17 November 2016 in London or in the national settings of the research as the recruitment process will include a fieldwork session. Skype interviews are also possible.

Work to begin on 1 January 2017.

Part-time or job share is possible. Depending on their experience and contacts and availability, researchers could undertake research across two national settings.

Appointment at the next lower grade (approx. £32,000-£36,000) will be considered for candidates not holding a PhD and/or with more limited experience, provided they are very strong in particular areas. If appointed we will discuss the job description and agree a way forward.

Kingston University is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students.

For more information on the project’s overall aims and methodology see the website.

For any further information and for a full job description, please contact the project’s PI: Prof Nick Mai

Nick Mai’s personal page.