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PhD Candidate for research in the project Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

Vacancy number
Function type
PhD positions
Hours (in fte)
1.0 FTE
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
20 June 2018
Closing date
15 August 2018

24 more days to apply

The institute of Cultural Anthropology Development Sociology of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a PhD Candidate, for research in the project Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (1.0 FTE).


Project description

The Institute of Cultural Anthropology Development Sociology (CA-OS) is looking for a PhD candidate who will be doing research in the project Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining: A Multi-Actor and Trans-Regional Perspective.
The candidate will develop a research project, which will consider a transformative approach to sustainability in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining. Empirical research will be conducted in Uganda. This PhD position will be in the context of NORFACE-funded research project, which takes a trans-continental and transnational approach to sustainability tracking between South America, West Africa and East Africa. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Professor Peter Pels and Dr Sabine Luning. Graduation will take place in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Selection criteria

  • Completed Master degree in anthropology and/or sociology, with excellent grades and demonstrated research interest in sustainability and/or extractivism and Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English;
  • Demonstrated research experience;
  • Ability and willingness to carry out empirical research and stay for extended periods in Uganda;
  • Keen interest in interdisciplinary social scientific research methods and approaches, including participatory research.

Our Faculty/Institute

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour.

Terms and conditions

The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years (initially for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of progress and skills development) leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis. The appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) of Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on €2,222 in the first year, increasing to €2,840 gross per month in the final year.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %) and training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Dr Sabine Luning.
See also “Further information”.


Please submit online your application via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.
Interviews are scheduled for the beginning of September. The candidate should take up the PhD-position no later than 1 November 2018.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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