Postdoctoral ethnographer for a multisite ethnographic study in Senegal and Europe

Postdoctoral ethnographer for a multisite ethnographic study in Senegal and Europe

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16 Mar 23 Apr Den Haag

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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral ethnographer for a multisite ethnographic study in Senegal and Europe

Job description

JUSTREMIT is an ERC funded research project investigating remittances and justice with a focus on Europe and Senegal. One pillar of the project is an ethnographic study of remittances focusing on Senegalese senders in Europe and receivers in Senegal. Complementing the ethnography will be two PhD candidates working on migration governance issues and the PI’s study of global justice. The ethnographer will be a key member of the team. The position involves substantial field research.

Key responsibilities
The ethnographer will take the lead on many aspects of the project. That includes but is not limited to: planning the field research, leading the ethics and data reviews, doing the field research, publishing findings, co-authoring articles and chapters with the PI, organizing and participating in conferences, and being a strong advocate for their research subject’s interests.

Although the ethnography will entail lengthy periods of field research in Senegal and Europe, the working place of the candidate will be The Hague. As such, the candidate must live in (or relocate to) The Netherlands for the entirety of the contract.


Leiden University


  • An excellent ethnographer with a PhD (ABDs will also be considered) and significant experience doing ethnographic research in Senegal;
  • Someone fluent in English and French, and preferably also either Pulaar or Wolof.
  • Experience in ethics and data reviews;
  • A team player who is excited to work with JUSTREMIT and future colleagues at the ISGA;
  • An independent soul who will champion autonomous ethnographic research, while being open to interdisciplinary research and co-authored publications;
  • A strong advocate for and steward of the research subject’s interests;
  • Willingness to do field research in Senegal and Europe (exact locations to be decided) for extended periods of time and recurrently over the course of the contract;
  • Willingness to relocate to The Hague.

Conditions of employment

We offer a part-time (0.8 fte) fixed-term position for four years with a preferred start date of 1 July 2021 or shortly after. Salary range from € 2,790.- to € 5,127.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 10 or 11 depending on qualifications and experience) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%). Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

In addition to the Leiden University benefits package, JUSTREMIT will pay the entirety of all ethnographic expenses and will support the ethnographer’s professional career development with substantial funding for European and international conferences, etc.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. 


Leiden University

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, located in The Hague – the International City of Peace and Justice – offers a range of other programs focused on international relations, security, international law and international organization. It also hosts the Leiden University College (LUC), an international honors college of Leiden University situated The Hague. Firmly rooted in the academic tradition, the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs provides an inspiring and challenging education and research environment, with a strong interdisciplinary character and international orientation; it is a meeting place for students, scholars and professionals, a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is a leading research and education institute, focusing on the most pressing local, national, European and global security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. It currently hosts more than 100 academic and support staff members and offers the BA in Security Studies, the MSc in Crisis and Security Management, the Advanced MA in International Relations and Diplomacy, the executive MSc in Cyber Security as well as a variety of innovative teaching offerings in the professional and MOOC fields. In addition, ISGA runs popular Minor Programmes in Global Affairs, Security, Safety and Justice and Intelligence Studies as well as the Faculty’s Honour Programme in Security and Global Affairs.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society; Law
  • Doctorate
  • 21-134



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