CFA: Post-Doctoral and Visiting Fellowships– 2019-2020 at TraffLab: LABOR PERSPECTIVE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

TRAFFLAB: LABOR PERSPECTIVE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
European Research Council (ERC) Research Project
Call for Applications For Post-Doctoral and Visiting Fellowships –
2019-2020

TraffLab: Labor Perspective to Human Trafficking, a research project funded
by a European Research Council Grant (ERC Stg) and directed by Dr. Hila
Shamir at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, invites
candidates from a variety of disciplines to submit their applications to
become a part of the project. We are looking for:

• One-two post-doctoral fellows (approx. $30,000 per year)
• Visiting faculty/researchers ( approx. $1000-$1,500 per month, between
1-3 months). We invite applications from fellows at different stages of
their academic career, including doctoral students, post doctoral students,
and faculty at other universities.

TraffLab (ERC), a five-year research project (2018-2023), studies the
causes of human trafficking and its regulation, in order to develop a labor
approach to human trafficking. The project explores the underlying
structures that sustain the market for human trafficking and considers
methods and possibilities to restructure them. The project expands the
existing anti-trafficking tool kit – made up of mostly criminal law,
migration restrictions, and human rights-based mechanisms – to include
effective regulatory and market-based responses to severe labor market
exploitation. More information is available on the project’s website:
www.trafflab.org

Applicants should have knowledge and experience in relevant fields of
research (e.g., law, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science,
labor and migration studies, international relations), and the ability and
desire to work as part of a scholarly community and a research team.
Fellows will be required to take residence in the vicinity of TAU for the
duration of the fellowship, and participate in workshops and seminars on a
regular basis.

Key selection criteria for the positions are previous research experience
relating to migration, labor, or human trafficking and modern slavery,
analytical skills, methodological abilities, and the capacity for team-work
as well as independent research. Successful applicants will be expected to
both develop and pursue their own research within the overarching research
agenda of the TraffLab project, as well as take part in an existing ongoing
research project led by the Dr. Shamir.

We welcome research applications focused on:
• Migration regimes and specifically bilateral migration agreements
• Regulation of recruitment agencies
• Application and enforcement of national protective employment and labor
laws to workers in sectors prone to severe forms of labor market
exploitation
• Unionization and organization (including alt-labor) of workers in labor
sectors prone to trafficking
• Corporate responsibility and voluntary codes of conduct adopted by
corporations expressing commitment to combat trafficking in their supply
chain or line of business
• Theoretical contributions to the understanding of vulnerability in a
globalized labor market and of its regulation

While we are looking for scholars in all the above fields of research, in
the coming year we particularly invite applicants researching issues
relating to unionization and organization of workers, worker driven social
responsibility, and critical approaches to corporate responsibility in
relation to modern slavery. The working language at the TraffLab research
project is English.

Application and Fellowship Information for post-doctoral students:
• Fellowship starting date: October/November 2019. There is some
flexibility for a slightly earlier or later starting date. Later dates are
possible for short-term visitors.
● Fellowship period is for one academic year, with a possible option of
extending the fellowship to two years.
● Scholarship rate: Approx. $30,000 per year. Rates are determined
according to Tel Aviv University (TAU) regulations: For more information
please visit http://www.tau.ac.il/acad-sec/postgo/index.htm.
• Application Deadline: April 10, 2019.

• All applications should be submitted to the Project’s PI Dr. Hila Shamir
at hshamir@tauex.tau.ac.il and to the project’s administrative director
Debbie Siton trafflabor@gmail.com ; and should include the following
documents:
1. Cover letter describing your interest in the project and stating the
nature and duration of position you seek with us.
2. Detailed CV (including a list of publications).
3. A preliminary research proposal (in English; up to 3 pages) for a
research project you hope to pursue during your TraffLab fellowship.
4. An example of academic writing (article, research paper, or dissertation
chapter).
5. Three letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant's
qualifications for postdoctoral research, respectively (in English or
Hebrew). These may be sent directly to hshamir@tauex.tau.ac.il, with the
applicant’s name in the subject line.
6. An authorization that the candidate is entitled to a PhD degree, noting
the date it was awarded, or an administrative authorization that the
doctoral thesis was forwarded to the referees.

Application and Fellowship Information for visiting researchers(visiting
from outside of Israel):

• Fellowship rates range from $1,000-$1,500 per month, depending on
alternate sources of funding.
• Fellowship duration: between 1-3 months.
• Fellows need to be affiliated with a university outside of Israel and can
be at different stages of their academic career, including doctoral
students, post- doctoral students, and faculty at other universities.
• Application Deadline: We will begin review of a first round of
applications on April 10 2019, and will continue to review applications on
a rolling basis.
• All applications should be submitted to the project’s PI Dr. Hila Shamir
at hshamir@tauex.tau.ac.il and to the projects’ administrative director
Debbie Siton trafflabor@gmail.com ; and include the following documents:
1. Cover letter describing your interest in the project and stating the
nature and duration of position you seek with us.
2. Detailed CV (including list of publications).
3. A preliminary research proposal (1-3 pages) for a research project you
hope to pursue during your visit.
4. Doctoral candidates who are interested in visiting us are required to
send two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from their
dissertation supervisor.

For more information about this call for applications, you may contact Dr.
Hila Shamir at hshamir@tauex.tau.ac.il; or the projects’ administrative
director Debbie Siton trafflabor@gmail.com.
For information about TraffLab research, researchers and events, visit our
website: www.trafflab.org

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