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The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is offering one position as PhD Student

PERIOD OF CONTRACT: 3 years from 1 September 2019 (1-year contracts,
renewable subject to satisfactory performance and student status)

ACTIVITY RATE: Full-time (100%) (see SNF regulations)

GROSS SALARY: CHF 47,000 – 49,000 per annum (see SNF regulations)


General description of the position :
The position is being offered in the context of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)/the French Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR) co-funded project, “Self-Accomplishment and Local Moralities in East Africa” (SALMEA). The successful candidate will complete a PhD at the Graduate Institute, will be core member of the SALMEA team, and will also be fully integrated in the life of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute. Committed to theoretical innovation, robust empirical research, and fine-grained ethnographic fieldwork, the department and its doctoral programme foster the study of contemporary issues in global and transnational terms.

Candidate profile :
- Have, or be close to obtaining, an MA in Anthropology or Sociology or a closely related discipline (e.g. Geography, History, International Development Studies);
- Demonstrated ability to carry out empirical research;
- Highly organised and capable of working independently;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to work in an international team (previous experience of empirical research in East Africa is an asset);
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, as well as a good knowledge of French (knowledge of several languages is an asset);
- Knowledge of Swahili or other relevant languages for field work purposes would be an advantage;
- Expertise in one or more of the projects’ main areas of enquiry is an asset (wealth, violence, religion and kinship).

See attached document for all the details