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Slovene speaking Project Assistant without doctorate (FWF project on Intra-Yugoslav Albanian migration), CSEES University of Graz

The Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES), is looking for a Project Assistant without doctorate (30 hours a week; expected employment for the period of 30 months; position to be filled as of June 1st, 2020 )

CSEES is looking for a researcher to work on the project “To the Northwest! Intra-Yugoslav Albanian Migration (1953-1989)” supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF P 32345) (project description: https://static.uni-graz.at/fileadmin/suedosteuropa/projekte/Announcement_of_a_new_FWF_Project_at_CSEES.pdf )

Job advertisement: https://jobs.uni-graz.at/en/MB/67/99/5687 

Your duties:

  • Participating in the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project “To the Northwest! Intra-Yugoslav Albanian migration (1953-1989)” with a PhD project focused on the labour migration of Yugoslav Albanians (from Kosovo/Macedonia) to the Socialist Republic of Slovenia explored through historical and historical anthropological methods
  • Participation in the PhD Programme Southeastern Europe or in the training programme of the consortium Europeanization Processes in Southeastern Europe
  • Assisting with the administration of the FWF project “To the Northwest!” (e.g. organizing events, workshops, research management, dissemination of project results)
  • The candidate is expected to undertake field research in Slovenia during 2021


Your profile

  • BA and MA (or pre-Bologna degree) in history, social anthropology, sociology, migration studies or a comparable field
  • Written and spoken Slovene language competence is also essential (the candidate needs to be able to undertake interviews and conduct archival research in Slovene)
  • Knowledge of Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and/or German is an advantage
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Experience in qualitative research methods (oral history interviews, archival research) and knowledge of the following topics: 20th century history of the Balkans; Yugoslav socialism; Albanian Studies; Social and labour history; gender studies
  • Ability to work reliably as part of a team as well as autonomously when needed


Application documents:

  • Academic CV (max. 2 pages)  
  • Letter of introduction/motivation (max. 2 pages)  
  • A short description of a proposed dissertation project relating to the labour migration of Yugoslav Albanians to the Socialist Republic of Slovenia (max. 3 pages)  
  • Writing sample in English (published or unpublished) 
  • Details of two referees who will be contacted for letters of recommendation (for shortlisted candidates only)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview either via skype or in person in Graz in March/ April 2020

We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. Take advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.


Application Deadline: March 18th 2020

Reference Number: MB/67/99 ex 2019/20

The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women in particular in management and faculty positions and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

Especially with regard to academic staff, we welcome applications from persons with disabilities who meet the requirements of the advertised position.

If you are interested, please submit your application documents before the stated deadline to:


Before application, candidates should familiarize themselves with the project: https://suedosteuropa.uni-graz.at/de/neuigkeiten/detail/article/announcement-of-a-new-fwf-project-at-csees-to-the-northwest-intra-yugoslav-albanian-migration-19 

Informal queries about the position should be directed to Rory Archer: rory.archer@uni-graz.at  


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