Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences and Literary Studies

Catholic University of Leuven


As part of the research project COLLAB, led by Núria Codina, the University of Leuven is recruiting a full-time, fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher for 36 months in the areas of Social Sciences and Literary Studies. The position is funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant and is available from 1 September 2023.


The postdoctoral researcher will study the work of several non-profit organizations across Europe that provide spaces for literary participation of migrants through collaborative writing workshops with amateur authors from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The research aims to better understand the mission and activities of the selected non-profit organizations; their collaborations with other institutions on different levels; their impact on the cultural field and on migration-related policies and the uses of literature in civil society. The researcher will conduct short research stays in the countries studied to gather new information on the activities of the non-profits and the characteristics of the creative writing workshops offered.
The postdoctoral researcher will undertake innovative research at the intersection of the social sciences and the humanities. Other duties will include the coordination of an interfaculty platform for interdisciplinary approaches to migration and minorities. The researcher will be affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and will work in close collaboration with staff members from the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven, with Núria Codina and Peter Vermeersch as main academic hosts.
The postdoctoral researcher will be part of the research project “Making Migrant Voices Heard Through Literature: How Collaboration Is Changing the Cultural Field” (COLLAB). This five-year interdisciplinary project examines how collaboration expands the range of institutions involved in the making of a text, redefines notions of authorship and community and impinges on migrants’ agency. COLLAB will consist of four team members from varied disciplines across the humanities and social sciences who will work under the supervision of Núria Codina. The project aims to promote collaboration as a tool for interdisciplinary research and stimulate open debates about possible challenges and best practices on how to conduct collaborative work in academia. 


•PhD in Political Science, Social Sciences, Anthropology or a related area
•Experience in conducting field research, especially with migrant populations and civil society actors
•Interest and ability to work in interdisciplinary settings
•Excellent writing and communication skills
•English proficiency and strong multilingual skills
•Peer-reviewed publication record
•Evidence of good organizational skills
•Willingness to work in Leuven and live in Belgium during the duration of the contract
•Willingness to conduct short research stays abroad


•We offer a fully funded, full-time postdoctoral position for the duration of 3 years. Salary/scholarship and benefits are in accordance with the university salary scales for postdoctoral researchers and highly competitive by international standards.
•You will be part of an international, dynamic team and work in a friendly and stimulating intellectual environment.
•You will work on an exciting, relevant and timely topic and benefit from guidance from experts in the fields of political science, social sciences, literary studies, translation studies and European studies. 
•You will be given a work space and the resources to present at international conferences, to publish open access in international peer-reviewed journals and to cover travel expenses for short research stays abroad.


Applications should consist of the following documents:
- a CV, including list of publications
- a letter of motivation stating the applicant’s interest and suitability for the role
- two writing samples (e.g. published article, thesis chapter)
- a short proposal outlining a particular research question or topic that sparks your interest in the context of the job description and the COLLAB project (max. 500 words)
- the contact details of two referees 
For more information on the project or the vacancy, please contact Núria Codina (
You can apply for this job no later than April 15, 2023 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: April 15, 2023
  • Tags: Taalkunde / Letterkunde
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