Project Assistant for Climate-Related Research Project

University of Vienna

, , GL

Job description

The successful candidate will work for an interdisciplinary research project entitled “Snow to Rain: From Phase Transition of Precipitation to Changing Local Livelihoods, Emotions and Affects in East Greenland” (Snow2Rain). The project intends to bring together Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with natural science snow observations and analysis in order to explore the benefit of their synergies. Doing so, not only the understanding of snow changes in East Greenland should be improved, but also the perception of environmental changes by local people. Snow2Rain includes two closely cooperating PhD theses, one in the field of social and cultural anthropology (University of Vienna) and one in snow climatology (University of Graz). The successful candidate is expected to develop his or her own research topic in the context of the overall project.

The work of the Anthropology PhD position includes:

(i) Conduct literature research about the social and cultural relevance of snow in East Greenland

(ii) Conduct fieldwork in Tasiilaq with community members about their perceptions and concerns regarding changing snow conditions

(iii) Integrate community concerns and suggestions into overall research plan

Expected professional qualifications

You need to have a masters’ degree in social/cultural anthropology or a related discipline by the start of contract. The following skills are required:

  • Good command of Danish and English;
  • Arctic social science fieldwork experience.

The following skills are an added advantage:

  • Command of East or West Greenlandic;
  • Fieldwork experience in Greenland;
  • Experience with interdisciplinary (climate-change related) research projects.

We expect a candidate who will work independently within an interdisciplinary team; having the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and social skills to conduct collaborative fieldwork in an Arctic community setting. Experience in publishing your scientific work and in presenting it at international conferences is advantageous. University of Vienna salary information can be found here:

The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic research group focused on social science research in different parts of the Arctic. Please send your application including cover letter, CV, relevant documents, and 1 or more writing samples, merged into one pdf file, to [email protected].

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020





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