Post-doc position "Deportation regimes in their cross-border entanglements" (Universität Bern)

Post-doc position "Deportation regimes in their cross-border entanglements" (Universität Bern)

Universität Bern
Place of work
From - Until
01.02.2020 -
Scheuzger, Stephan

An interdisciplinary research team of the University of Bern and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) is announcing a

Post-doc position (80 % - 100 %, 12 months).

In times of highly politicized debates about increasing “irregular” migration, authorities are called upon to en-force sovereign powers of controlling human mobility. Deportation appears to be one self-evidently legitimate solution to deal with unauthorized mobile persons but is in practice a highly complex process of statecraft. As a group of researchers from law, history, social anthropology, and geography, we are working towards an interdisciplinary research proposal for a project which aims at opening new perspectives on the reconstruction and analysis of deportation regimes in their cross-border entanglements. We are looking for a candidate who has expertise in this given topic and is interested in contributing to the development of the proposal in close collaboration with the group of applicants.

Tasks and responsibilities:
- Taking a substantial role in the elaboration of a major research proposal in close cooperation with the group of applicants
- Contributing to the organization of an international workshop
- Contributing to a peer-reviewed publication

- A completed PhD in social science, the humanities (e.g. geography, social anthropology, global studies, history, migration/urban/cultural studies, sociology), or law
- Proven expertise in the research area of migration, migration control, and/or deportation
- Evidence of publication capacity and of capacity to elaborate a clear research and publication plan
- Experience in diverse qualitative research methodologies
- Strong interest in interdisciplinary work. Experience in interdisciplinary research is an asset
- Excellent language skills in English. Skills in German, French, and other languages are an im-portant asset
- Strong writing skills
- Team spirit

Appointment and employment conditions:
- 80% - 100% appointment for 12 months
- In case of successful submission of the project, the applicant would have the possibility of a 4 years post-doc appointment
- A gross salary according to salary regulations of the Canton Bern
- Starting date: February 1st 2020 or upon agreement

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV incl. main research interests and a list of publica-tions, one writing sample (article, book chapter) and contact information for two references. Applications as one pdf should be send to by December 15, 2019. Interviews will be held in the week of January 6, 2020. Questions about the position can be addressed to any of the members of the research consortium:
Prof. Dr. Alberto Achermann,
PD. Dr. Stephan Scheuzger,
Prof. Dr. Sabine Strasser,
Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme,