Early Stage Researcher 10: Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia

Deadline: 28 February 2018
Open to: international applicants
Benefits: EUR 25,041.72 per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of EUR 600


The University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, is seeking to appoint two high-caliber Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia (FATIGUE).

Following the collapse of state socialism, the liberalization of public life, the democratisation of politics, the abolition of state-run economies and the introduction of markets commenced in the states of the former Soviet bloc. These necessary yet socially costly transformations never ran smoothly and in the same direction in all the post-communist states but by the mid-2000s the most successful countries, clustered in Central Europe and the Baltic, seemed to have managed to consolidate liberal democracy. Then something snapped. The political trajectory veered off in new directions as populist parties started gaining more support. All populists engage in delegitimizing the democratic system in the name of unconstrained majoritarianism. Now we have two cases (Hungary and Poland) where right-wing populists are in power and dismantling the institutions of checks and balances and cases where the dominance of technocratic or left populists (Czechia, Slovakia) seems to risk democratic erosion. FATIGUE aims to explain and interpret this puzzling U-turn, reflect on its delayed emergence, diagnose its consequences and propose viable policy solutions. 15 ESRs will be appointed at six partner universities.

The Role

ESR13 will be employed by the University of Belgrade and enrolled on the PhD programme at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, and will write their thesis on a topic related to Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia, supervised by Prof. Nikola Samardžić and Dr. Haris Dajč, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, and by Prof. Zdzisław Mach at Jagiellonian University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project;
  2. Work closely with the academic supervisors to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of FATIGUE;
  3. Present and publish research to both academic and non-academic audiences;
  4. Attend and participate in academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars;
  5. Attend and participate in all training events and supervisory meetings;
  6. Be seconded to other network partners as necessary to fulfill the grant obligations;
  7. Prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required;
  8. Contribute to the delivery and management of the wider Programme, including attending and participating in programme committee meetings;
  9. Undertake any other relevant duties as directed by the Programme Director and Scientist-in-Charge.


All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:
a) Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organization be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.
b) At the time of recruitment by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


EUR 25,041.72 (annual gross salary – fixed for a period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of EUR 600 – all paid in RSD using an appropriate conversion rate. If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of EUR 500.

How to Apply?

The application must be must be submitted online to prijava@razvojkarijere.bg.ac.rs.
The application must include:
a) A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying;
b) A Curriculum Vitae setting out your educational qualifications as well as any additional scientific achievements and publications;
c) Evidence of Advanced-level English – IELTS (or equivalent) overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. See also: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international;
d) A research proposal on the theme of ‘Anti-Semitism in the former Yugoslavia’. The proposal should be no longer than 2,000 words (excluding the bibliography) and follow the guidelines here: www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/how-apply;
e) A copy of your Master’s certificate (or equivalent) or certificate of graduation;
f) An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme;
g) Two letters of recommendation from researchers familiar with your academic activities, e.g. the advisor of your Master’s thesis. The referees must e-mail their recommendations directly to prijava@razvojkarijere.bg.ac.rs.
For more information please visit the official website.