Call for Applications: 2 x Post-Doctoral Fellowships

We are seeking to recruit two post-doctoral fellows to join the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) – a research project at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), Wits University.

1 x post-doctoral fellowship: maHp – migration and health in southern Africa

Involving a series of unique research and public engagement projects, the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and wellbeing in the SADC region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central. Central areas of investigation link to issues of public health responses to migration; migration, labour and health; migration and health policy making; gender, health, sexuality and migration. Starting in February 2018 (negotiable), the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring health and migration in southern Africa. With a home base in Johannesburg, post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.

 

1 x post-doctoral fellowship: MoVE (method:visual:explore)

A key focus area within maHp is the development of visual and other involved methodologies to research the lived experiences of migrants in southern Africa. The MoVE (method:visual:explore) project aims to integrate social action with research, and involves collaboration with migrant participants, existing social movements, qualified facilitators and trainers, and research students engaged in participatory research methods. This work includes the study and use of visual methods – including photography, narrative writing, participatory theatre, collage – and other visual and narrative approaches in the process of producing, analysing, and disseminating research data. These approaches to research facilitate story-telling and self-study, incorporating various auto ethnographic approaches. Central areas of investigation link to issues of social justice in relation to migration, with a specific focus on sexuality, gender, health, and policy. Starting in February 2018 (negotiable), the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring knowledge production, research methodologies and ethics in relation to health and migration in southern Africa. With a home base in Johannesburg, post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.

 

Essential qualifications and experience: A PhD in a Migration & Displacement or an associated discipline; experience in developing and implementing health and migration research in southern Africa; competency in more than one regional language would be desirable. For the MoVE fellowship, experience in designing and implementing arts-based and/or visual methodologies in relation to migration and health in southern Africa is essential.
Timeframe: one year with possibility for renewal dependent on performance and availability of funding
Remuneration: ZAR 220,000 per year, plus Wits medical aid and ZAR 10,000 research funding
Application process: Please submit an application to Jo Vearey jovearey@gmail.com by Friday 13th October 2017.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for interview in early November 2017.  Anticipated start-date:  1st February 2018 (negotiable).

Applications should include:

  • full CV
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the position
  • academic writing example
  • overview of experience working on migration and health in southern Africa
  • [for the MoVE fellowship] evidence of involvement in design and delivery of arts-based and/or visual research projects in southern Africa
  • details of two referees

Further information: jovearey@gmail.com