PhD fellow in Sociology and Social Work – Aalborg University, Denmark

    PhD fellow in Sociology and Social Work - Aalborg University, Denmark

    PhD fellow in labor market studies is available “The formation of worker collectivism among migrant workers in Denmark, Germany and the UK”, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Aug 01, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaSociology and Social Work
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceFaculty of Social Sciences
    Department of Sociology and Social Work
    Aalborg University
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateOct 01, 2021


    Master degree in related fields


    The position is part of the project “The formation of worker collectivism among migrant workers in Denmark, Germany and the UK”, Which is led by Associate Professor Bjarke Refslund (PI), and which is funded by the Danish Independent Research Council. The project is comparative and examines when and under what conditions and conditions migrant workers in Germany, England and Denmark, respectively, define their interests collectively, and therefore also act collectively when they experience working conditions that they find unsatisfactory. Despite the fact that migrant workers more often experience poorer pay and working conditions, they typically focus less on collective solutions, for example through trade unions. By looking at selected cases and industries, the project will examine what prerequisites are needed when migrant workers choose collective strategies over individual strategies. The project focuses on low-wage work and industries typically characterized by highly unskilled work.

    The research fellow must primarily be involved in data collection, analysis and reporting of the Danish part of the project, including conducting interviews, vignette studies and field studies with and among low-paid migrant workers as well as other relevant partners. Experience with qualitative data collection among migrant workers will therefore be an advantage, but not a necessary prerequisite. The research fellow will also be involved in the cross-cutting comparative work, as well as possibly in the processing of relevant quantitative data to a lesser extent, if the research fellow has the prerequisites for it. In the project, there is a close collaboration with PI, and the colleagues who collect data in Germany and England as well as international partners in England and Germany.

    How to Apply?

    The total application incl. attachments are sent electronically by selecting the “Apply online” function above. Note zip files are not supported by the system, please only upload files in Word or PDF format.

    Documents Required

    The  application must contain

    • Motivated application
    • Application form
    • Project description / sketch containing: the title of the research project, sketch for the course of study and an account of general problem areas (approx. 5 pages). 
    • Indication of the language in which the PhD dissertation is to be prepared. 
    • CV. 
    • Documentation for passed university exams in the form of a master’s diploma and transcript. 
    • Applicants who wish to write the dissertation in English and who do not have English as a mother tongue or have completed an English-language master’s program must present documentation for passing the language test with the following minimum score IELTS (band score): 7, TOEFL (paper-based): 600 , TOEFL (internet-based): 100. The language test must be a maximum of five years old
    • Co-author statement. If publications are submitted for which there are co-authors, a co-author declaration must be attached, from which the applicant’s share in the joint work is clearly stated. The declaration must be signed by the co-authors. 
    • Application for any merit.


    The employment and remuneration takes place in accordance with the currently applicable Circular on the Agreement for Academics in the State, Appendix 5, Minutes of the Agreement for Academics in the State on PhD Fellows, and the Circular of 11 December 2019 on Job Structure for Scientific Staff at Universities.

    AAU wants to reflect the surrounding community and has diversity as a core value. Therefore, everyone, regardless of personal background and orientation, is encouraged to apply for the position.


    Associate Professor Bjarke Refslund
    Phone: 99407150

    Mette Bjerring

    Official advertisement


    Post expires at 8:59am on Monday August 2nd, 2021 (GMT+9)