The project

The MigFund project (2023-2026) is funded by the Austrian Science Fund and is based in the Research Cluster Migration Drivers and Processes of the Department for Migration and Globalisation at the University for Continuing Education Krems (Danube University Krems), Austria and is led by Dr. Federica Zardo. The MigFund project aims at tracing the development of EU funds for migration and asylum over 20 years, and explaining the direction and the drivers of those changes.

The position

Working closely together with the project lead (Dr. Federica Zardo), the research assistant will be co-responsible for the data collection and coding phase. Data consist in EU documents related to EU funds for migration and asylum (Regulations establishing the fund, programming documents, working documents). Data collection will be mostly conducted online based on document search. If needed, and based on the online document search, the research assistant will be responsible (together with the PI) for selecting interviewees and organising interviews with EU public officials. The research assistant will also be responsible for the transcription of the interview data. The coding phase will be implemented based on the input provided by the project lead. The working language of the project is English.


Your tasks and deadlines

1) Set-up of the MigFund Database through documents collection from key online EU sources (first part of the dataset April 28th; second part of the dataset June 30th).
2) Selection of key informants (approx.10) to complement the dataset and organisation of interviews (June 30th).
3) Transcription of (approx. 10) interviews (August 31st).
4) Coding of the dataset (first part of the dataset May 31st, second part of the dataset September 15th).


Your experience and profile

I am looking for candidates who have a keen interesting in EU migration policy making, who enjoy doing qualitative fieldwork and are accurate when storing data. Interest in pursuing a PhD in the next years will be appreciated.
You have:
- A BA or MA degree in Political Science, International Relations, EU studies or related discipline.
- Some knowledge of EU policies and politics, ideally in the migration realm.
- Some experience with EU databases and key EU data sources.
- Ideally some interest in or experience of data visualisation.
- Fluency in English, possibly very good oral and written communication skills in either German or French.
- Ability to work in a team and independently.


Your contract

The position is a consultancy contract (Werkvetrag) for a period of six months with a fee of 5,200 € plus 20% value-added tax and additional travel costs if required. In-between payments are possible. The ideal starting date is March 15th. A new contract can be signed if follow-up tasks arise.


If you feel the profile fits you, I look forward to receiving your application by March 7th, 2023. If you have any questions or if you require additional information, please contact Federica Zardo: federica.zardo@donau-uni.ac.at.


Applications should include:
- A letter of motivation specifying your knowledge of and experience with EU policies (particularly in the realm of migration) and EU databases (max 2 pages);
- A curriculum vitae.
- The name and contact details of one referee.
- Please send your application (in one pdf file) to Federica Zardo (Federica.zardo@donau-uni.ac.at) with “Application research assistant MigFund” in the subject line.

Only complete applications received within the response period will be considered.

Interviews will be held online and are scheduled for 9 and 10 March 2023.

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