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PhD student in European Labour Law

This offer is available in the following languages:
Français - Anglais

Date Limite Candidature : vendredi 22 juillet 2022

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General information

Reference : UMR7354-VINFOR0-001
Workplace : STRASBOURG
Date of publication : Friday, June 10, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Marco ROCCA
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 3 October 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2135€ gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) is seeking two PhD students to join the European Birds of Passage (E-BoP) project, funded by a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (2022-2027), under the supervision of Professor Marco Rocca.

The E-BoP project investigates the legal framework for temporary labour migration in the European Union and to the European Union, and for labour and/or social rights of temporary labour migrants. A particular point of focus is the role of key concepts, such as “labour market” and “temporariness” in justifying the limitation of said rights, as well as the tension between the use of these concepts by the law and their empirical reality.

Please see the European Birds of Passage temporary website for more details: https://marcorocca.wordpress.com/e-bop/ .

Successful candidates will develop, write, and defend a doctoral thesis in accordance with current standards of legal and social sciences research. The thesis will focus on a topic related to the broader subject of the E-BoP project, to be further specified by the applicant in their Research Proposal. Potential areas of interest for the project include (but are not limited to):
- The relationship of temporary labour migrants with the labour market of the state of arrival
- Temporary labour migration under international trade agreements
- Protectionism and social rights
- The integration of temporary labour migrants into the social security system of the state of arrival
- Social rights of seasonal workers under national schemes for temporary labour migration

In addition to the preparation of their doctoral thesis, successful candidates will support the scientific activities of the E-BoP project. They will also engage in other research activities leading to publications and/or communications in connection with E-BoP main topic.

Work Context

The successful candidates will work under a CNRS doctoral contract for 3 years (fully funded) and will thus be integrated into one of the leading institution of public research worldwide. At the end of the 3 years period, an additional year (fully funded by the European Birds of Passage project) is possible.

They will be attached to the Doctoral School 101 (Law) of the University of Strasbourg and will benefit from the related training and support. They will also join the UMR (Research Unit) 7354 DRES (Law, Religion, Business, and Society): https://dres.unistra.fr/ .

The doctoral work will be supervised by Professor Marco Rocca, Principal Investigator of the E-BoP project.

Successful candidates will be based in Strasbourg, at the MISHA (Maison Interuniveristaire des Sciences de l'Homme d'Alsace), which offers a workspace, communal areas, and equipment.

The E-BoP project will provide additional financial support for fieldwork (if applicable) and conference attendance.

The main communication language for the E-BoP project team is English.

The post is based at a French-speaking institution. Candidates should have a good knowledge of French, or they should be ready to invest time to enrol in French classes after their arrival in Strasbourg.

As the E-BoP project deals with multiple national legal orders, the knowledge of further languages is appreciated and should be specifically highlighted in the candidate's CV.

Constraints and risks

Research-related travel, whether for conferences/events or fieldwork.

Additional Information

Only full-time students are eligible.

Candidates should have a Master's degree in Law (or equivalent diploma) or a Master's degree in any social science with a demonstrable strong legal education. Candidates who have not yet completed their Master's degree, are required to submit a statement from their institution confirming the expected date of award of their Master's degree. The expected date must occur before 31 December 2022. The starting date of the PhD cannot be set at an earlier date than the expected award of the Masters' degree.

Candidates should have an interest and curiosity for the broader topic of the E-BoP project, notably (temporary) labour migration in the European Union and its relationship with labour and social rights. They should also have an understanding of current trends and debates in this field.

Candidates should upload the following documentation to the CNRS Careers Portal:
- Copy of CV in English or French.
- Cover letter

The following documents (maximum size 25 MB) must be sent by email to Marco Rocca ( mrocca@unistra.fr please include “E-BoP PhD application” in the subject):
- Master's degree or statement from their institution confirming the expected date of award of their Master's degree.
- Academic Transcript(s): Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate). These should be provided in one of the following languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish.
- Summary of the candidate's Master dissertation or other work of scientific nature (no more than 5000 words, excluding references and bibliography) in English or French. The summary should include the structure and bibliography of the original work.
- Research Proposal: A brief document (maximum 2000 words, excluding references and bibliography) outlining the applicant's proposed thesis topic. This should in English and include a brief discussion of the goals of the research, the state of the art, and the proposed methodology.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.
Closing date for applications is 13 August 2022 at 11:59PM (Paris Time). Interviews will be held digitally and in English during the week commencing on 12 September or 19 September 2022.

Questions concerning the application can be addressed to Marco Rocca ( mrocca@unistra.fr ).

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