Research Associate - Department of War Studies

London (Greater)
Grade 6, £37,412 to £39,484 per annum, inclusive of £3,223 per annum London Allowance.
27 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
16 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of War Studies is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work with Professor Claudia Aradau on a European Research Council Consolidator Grant SECURITY FLOWS (‘Enacting border security in the digital age: Political lives of data forms, flows and frictions’). The project analyses the epistemic, political, practical and ethical implications of the increased production of data and data analytics for border security. It proposes to develop a systematic and innovative analysis of how data is generated in border encounters, how it circulates among actors and how it shapes the knowledge and practices of border security and non-governmental actors, and migrants themselves. The empirical research will focus on selected sites across the Central, Eastern and Western European migration routes. The two Postdoctoral Research Associates will work with the Principal Investigator to support the achievement of project objectives. They will be involved in refining the theoretical framework, conducting empirical research, contributing to project publications, and disseminating finding to a variety of publics. There will be opportunities to develop their own interests as part of the project.

The successful candidates will be expected to have excellent knowledge of qualitative research methods, particularly ethnographic and interviewing methods, prior experience with conducting fieldwork, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. They will also have knowledge of one or more of the following fields: critical security studies, border studies, critical International Relations, science and technology studies, digital sociology, critical data studies. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who have a PhD in a relevant discipline (International Relations, anthropology, sociology, STS, etc). Applications from candidates who are close to completion and will have submitted their thesis by post start date are welcome. The successful candidates will also have complementary language expertise in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish. The two posts are offered on a full-time basis for three years.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a writing sample. Interviews are envisaged to take place in mid-September, and the post will start from 1 November 2019. Please read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this post and candidate requirements.

The successful candidates will benefit from working in an intensive research environment, mentoring, career development and opportunities to develop their own research interests.

For further information about the ERC Project or the positions, please contact Professor Claudia Aradau (