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Research Assistantships Available – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Research Assistantships Available

As the principal investigator of a research project on Islamophobia and populism in East Central Europe, Prof. Ivan Kalmar will be interviewing applicants for a part-time research assistantship, in Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Prague, Poznan, and Krakow (with interviews in Wroclaw also possible). The interviews will take place in late June and in July, 2018. Details of the positions and the application procedure are given below.

Research Assistant: News Analyst

The News Analyst (NA) will collect and report from the online media and social networks items relevant to, populism and Islamophobia in one of the following countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The NA will prepare a brief summary every day, and send it to the Supervisor in Canada by email. The report will be used for a research database and as material for a web site dedicated to populism and Islamophobia in Europe.

The NA will show a sincere dedication to human rights, and an interest in society and politics globally and in the specific country studied. They will be a graduate student or in an advanced stage of undergraduate study. They will have an excellent command of the local language and of English. They will be able to write brief reports with ease and in good English (some editorial help will be available).

The NA must have an excellent internet connection and a good computer. They may work from home. They will work every day, for one or two hours on the average, with one day off to be chosen by the NA. The rate of compensation is $9.50 Canadian (about €6) per hour for undergraduate students and $14 Canadian (about €9) per hour for graduate students, net.

Research Assistant: Field Worker

The Field Worker will conduct field work for a project on populism and Islamophobia, led by Principal Investigator, Prof. Ivan Kalmar of the University of Toronto. One Field Analyst each will be hired in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. The field work will consist of 1) distributing and collecting questionnaires to local residents, and 2) conducting participant observation among groups of residents. The groups may include members of right-wing populist organizations as well as the general public. The research will be conducted under the remote supervision of Prof. Kalmar and according to protocols approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.

The length of engagement for the Field Worker is negotiable. An initial estimate is that the work will take 100-200 hours. The rate of compensation is $17 Canadian (about €11) per hour, net.

The successful applicants will be graduate students of social science or history. Anthropology students may be preferred. They will show a sincere dedication to human rights and an interest in local and global society and politics. They will have an excellent command of the local language and be able to communicate well in English, including writing brief reports (some editorial help will be available).

Application Instructions

Please apply any time but not later than June 10, 2018. Interviews will take place in late July, and the position will begin in August, 2018.

To apply for the position, please contact Prof. Ivan Kalmar of the University of Toronto, Please include: 1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, 2) a CV, and 3) the email of three referees. The referees should understand an English request for a reference, but may answer in the local language.

Ivan Kalmar Professor, Department of Anthropology Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor, Victoria College


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