We are hiring! Researcher/ Co-Investigator wanted!

Project description:

The CEEYou(th) project is dedicated to young Polish and Lithuanian migrants in the United Kingdom. Executed by an international Polish-Lithuanian consortium under the funding from the NCN DAINA scheme, the research focuses on two major ‘new EU’ sending countries and look at what migrants below the age of 34 “do” to handle the result of the Brexit Referendum vote. The objectives of the project are (1) To compare migrating youth from Poland and Lithuania in the reference to those who stayed in the home countries; (2) To compare and evaluate whether young Poles and Lithuanians are socially “anchored” or embedded in their destination country; (3)To explore various risks experienced by young migrants from Poland and Lithuania in the context of Brexit; (4) To analyse how the unfolding implications of Brexit affect life trajectories of Poles and Lithuanians, with special focus on transitions to adulthood; (5) To explore and compare the latest return migration of young Poles and Lithuanians, and (6) To highlight migratory behaviors of ethnic Poles from Lithuania and ethnic Lithuanians from Poland in the UK.

Location: Warsaw

Position & Tasks:

  • This post is envisioned as a non-full-time research involvement on a contractual basis. The post holder will be required to support the activities of the project throughout its duration. Please consult formal requirements for “additional/other, not FT personnel” in the NCN projects before applying.
  • Your responsibility will be to comprehensively ensure timely completion of the project’s objectives linked to qualitative research.
  • You will support the operationalization of the core CEEYou(th) research, i.e. you will be involved in the preparation of both quantitative (survey questionnaire) and qualitative (interview guides) tools.
  • You will recruit and maintain a panel for QLS conducted with the technique of asynchronous interviews (15-20 participants interviewed on multiple occasions over three years).
  • You will be responsible for the preparation of the codebook and analytical framework of handling qualitative data collected in the project and mindful of an international, comparative perspective adopted in the project.
  • You will participate in and lead scientific outputs of the project, e.g. attending conferences with paper presentations and co-authoring research reports and scholarly article/papers;
  • You will collaborate with the international project team, especially with your counterparts in Lithuania and advisors in the UK.
  • You will be embedded in the Youth Research Center of the SWPS University and will support the Center’s activities.
  • You will co-supervise junior researchers involved in the CEEYouth project.


  • You have a MA or PhD in Sociology or a closely related discipline;
  • You exhibit excellent skills in qualitative research methods and have a good understanding of mixed-methods approaches. Ideally, you are also familiar with survey methodologies and statistical analysis.
  • You have a track record of academic publications, ideally in English-language and in the fields of migration studies, youth studies, ethnicity, labor market, work, risk or any other topics related to the project;
  • You have solid research experience and are able to work in interdisciplinary and geographically dispersed project teams, ideally having worked on NCN and/or internationally-funded research projects.
  • You are fluent in Polish (conducting interviews) and have excellent English language skills that enable you to publish internationally in the recognized, academic outlets.
  • Your research interests match the focal topics explored in the project.

We offer:

  • Not full-time position (contract of mandate) 3000 PLN (double-grossed);
  • Opportunity to work in a professional and friendly team with distinguished professors, renowned researchers and opinion leaders;
  • Career development opportunities.

Required documents:
1) Academic CV (with details on qualifications/ degree; scholarly achievements and awards, experience in research projects, academic interests, etc.);
2) List of publications;
3) Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you see yourself fulfilling the role.

For Polish applicants: please submit at least one document (CV/ cover letter) in English.

Recruitment procedure and employment:

Applications will be evaluated by a hiring committee comprising Prof. dr hab. Izabela Grabowska (Principal Investigator), dr Paulina Pustulka and dr Justyna Sarnowska. The committee will create a ranking of the candidates. In case of a large number of well-qualified applicants, a second stage of the recruitment procedure will entail face-to-face interviews at the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University in Warsaw.

The committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
The position will be filled by September 30th, 2018 and the new hire is expected to start on October 1st, 2018.
Remuneration: Not full-time (contract of mandate) 3000 PLN (double-grossed)

Application procedure:

Complete applications should be submitted by email to youth@swps.edu.pl as single .pdf files. The deadline for applications is September 15th, 2018. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Additional information and informal inquiries about the post should be directed to Professor Izabela Grabowska (igrabowska@swps.edu.pl).

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