CfA: Centre for Social Change, Johannesburg University: Post-doctoral research fellowships and doctoral bursaries

Call for applications, deadline 14 / 28 February 2019

The Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg, is advertising for Post-doctoral research fellows and doctoral candidates. Details attached and below, please circulate widely in your networks.

Post-doctoral research fellows
We welcome candidates from a range of disciplines that conduct research on social movements, labour movements, protests and uprisings in Africa. The successful candidate will be part of an academic community that is driving a research agenda focused on producing scholarship that will contribute to the decolonisation of social movement studies.

Positions are normally tenable for two years, subject to a successful review at the end of the first year, with the possibility for the extension into a third year. Post-doctoral research fellows are expected to produce the equivalent of three accredited research publications a year, which could include a book. Post-doctoral research fellows currently receive R240,000 per annum (tax free). Applications from across the world are welcomed, particularly from those based on the African continent. Candidates are expected to have completed their PhD at the time of the application.

Doctoral bursaries
The NRF-funded research programme Decent work for all and the future of labour in South Africa invites applications for PhD students under the supervision of Professor Carin Runciman and Dr Luke Sinwell.

The world of work is changing. Permanent work has increasingly been replaced by casualised and outsourced labour and trade unions represent a shrinking section of the workforce. Alongside this, new technology offers new employment opportunities, as well as threatening the job security of workers. These factors combined raise challenges for ensuring ‘decent work’.

The aims of this research are to consider the current and future prospects for labour and the labour movement across a range of cross-cutting themes.

  • The organisation and re-organisation of the labour process.
  • The re-organisation of work and the response of workers.
  • The response of workers including trade unions, worker committees and other worker organisations to the future of work.
  • How workers organise in the contemporary workplace.
  • The role of labour institutions, such as the Department of Labour and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, in defending and promoting ‘decent work’. 
  • The role of the current legislative framework.

The successful candidate will be registered as a full-time student at the University of Johannesburg and be based at the Centre for Social Change for the duration of their studies.