Published On: May 2, 20231.7 min read

The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) invites applications for Research Assistant positions to work in the research project “States, Nationalism, and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision (ETHNICGOODS)”, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). ETHNICGOODS examines educational policies, constitutions, and violence in nation-states since 1945. In particular, it is interested in how different groups are impacted differently by these three policy arenas.

We are seeking candidates at the post-graduate/pre-doctoral level with a background in political science, sociology, law, or international studies to begin in June 2023. Research assistants will contribute to the construction of a global nation-building dataset that seeks to map how nation-states manage diversity within their borders. Combining primary and secondary sources, each research assistant will code a specific set of countries by answering a questionnaire on constitutions, schooling systems, citizenship regulations, and linguistic and religious policies. Candidates must have excellent research and analytical skills and be able both to contribute to collaborative research projects and work independently. Candidates should also have a strong interest in both gaining in-depth knowledge about particular countries and world regions, namely:

  1. Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia) and North Africa (Egypt, Libya);
  2. the Balkans (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, North Macedonia, Kosovo);
  3. Central America and the Caribbean

obtaining a global comparative perspective on state-minority relations.

Experience in synthesizing primary and secondary sources as well as previous experience as a research assistant are an asset. Although not required, knowledge of regional language is a plus.
The monetary stipend is commensurate with that for similar positions at IBEI, and the contract is extendable, pending on project needs and performance.

The application should be saved as ONE PDF document and sent to: (Chiara Rutolo, Project Manager, ETHNICGOODS). Applications should include: A motivation letter specifying first, which world region (of those specified earlier on) are you interested in, and second, your experience, if any, as a research assistant (1 page). Current CV including the names of two referees. 

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2023. Selection process and evaluation begin as applications come in.