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Junior Researcher (1.0 fte)
at the Verwey Jonker Instituut (VJI), Utrecht
and afterwards at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Vacancy reference: 208057
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FRW) at the
University of Groningen (RUG) consists of 75 members and focuses on high
quality teaching and research in the fields of economic and cultural geography,
planning and demography. The Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI) was
established in 1999 and coordinates all research projects in the faculty.
Projects, conducted from the interdisciplinary perspective of geography,
planning and demography, focus on the relationship between urban and regional
structures and real life processes, on the one hand, and human agency and
intervention within urban and regional structures one the other (see
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences at Groningen in conjunction with the VJI (see
seeks a Junior Researcher for the
EU-7th Framework Programme FACIT project. This project explores Faith-based
Organizations and Exclusion in European
Cities in a number of EU member states and is coordinated by Prof
Jan Vranken (Political and Social Sciences) at the University of Antwerp,
The research concerns the role of faith-based
organizations (FBOs) in matters of poverty and other forms of social exclusion
(such as homelessness or undocumented persons) in cities. From both scientific
and policy perspectives, there is a need for better empirical and comparative
data on what is going on in European cities in these matters and, in
particular, the contribution of FBOs in the reduction (or deepening) of
problems. FBOs have direct entrance to the ‘poor side’ of cities
because of (1) their activities in deprived urban neighbourhoods and among
excluded groups and (2) as in the case of many FBOs with a non-western
background because their members often belong to these deprived and excluded
The successful candidate will be part of the Dutch
team, relate to the Research Nucleus (a unit of researchers on the theme of
“Urban Social Justice” at Groningen)
and be stationed at the VJI in Utrecht.
He or she will be supervised by Dr. Justin Beaumont and closely assisted by Dr.
Trees Pels and Drs. Hugo Swinnen.
The following are essential for applicants:
grasp of Dutch language: speaking, reading and writing.
-MA, MSc or MPhil in relevant geographical and social fields of enquiry
and/ or cognate disciplines (e.g. social policy; political science; sociology);
-Proven competence in and preference for theoretically
informed and politically relevant empirical research using qualitative methods,
with awareness and some ability to work with quantitative data;
ability; self-confidence; enthusiasm; and drive.
attributes are preferred:
in debates on any or all of the following: (1) faith-based organizations from
an international comparative perspective; (2) poverty and exclusion in cities;
(3) urban governance and politics; and (4) welfare regimes and (localized)
written and oral communication skills;
to work productively, independently and collectively in groups;
to utilize research findings for an independent but related PhD.
The researcher will be employed by the University of Groningen
for a period of three years, but initially
stationed at the VJI in Utrecht, with possibilities for continuation as
a PhD candidate at URSI on the completion of the FACIT project. The starting
salary, conforming to the collective labour agreement, will be at Scale 10 with
a maximum of 2558 euros (gross) full-time, excluding an 8% holiday bonus. The
University of Groningen is committed to equality of
opportunity in its recruitment strategy.
If you are interested in the vacancy you are invited
to submit your application before 07 March 2008, mentioning the vacancy reference.
We request the following in your application:
1. A covering letter (max. 2 pages) indicating why you
should be considered for the post;
2. An up-to-date CV;
3. A letter of recommendation;
4. An example of your written work (max. 2 papers).
You can submit your application by email to: [log in to unmask] or by regular post to:
Afdeling Personeel & Organisatie
9700 AB Groningen
email enquiries please contact Justin Beaumont ([log in to unmask]).
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Tel: 00 31 50 363 6910/ 3895
International Conference: Religion, Politics and the Postsecular
City, Groningen, 12-15 November 2008
EU-7FP FACIT project: Faith-based organizations and exclusion in European
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