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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Advert: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemplative Science

Project title: The (unconscious) effects of feeling excluded from humanity: A contemplative approach

 

The Chair of Research in Historical Trauma and Transformation invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R230,000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for an extra year. Fellowships are only available to individuals who have obtained their doctorate degree within the past 5 years, and whose degree was in the area of social psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, or a related field.

 

Scope of research:

Because historical trauma is not restricted to discrete experiences, but manifests in the pervasive, structural violence of the entire social space, it may be subject to underreporting. The exclusive use of questionnaire measures may therefore fail to capture the cumulative toll of experiences of disenfranchisement carried in the body that may result in dynamic sensitivity to stress. The proposed, interdisciplinary research seeks to advance our understanding of these issues by exploring (i) physiological stress sensitivity during a virtual reality paradigm, (ii) how participants give meaning to their lived experiences of dehumanization, and (iii) how a context-sensitive and culturally appropriate contemplative intervention may impact internalized experiences of dehumanisation in a low to middle-income community.

 

Applicants must:

  1. be available to start the fellowship in February-March 2020;
  2. be willing to work full time;
  3. be competent and experienced in quantitative data analysis (preferable), AND/OR competent in qualitative data analysis (essential for phenomenological interviews);
  4. hold a PhD (must have graduated within the past five years);
  5. be able to work in an interdisciplinary team environment;
  6. have experience in writing academic articles;
  7. be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

 

Application Procedure:

Apply by email to Jolene Petersen (jrp1@sun.ac.za), providing the following documentation:

  1. Cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and indicating how these align with the theme(s) of the scholarship outlined above;
  2. Comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV), including list of publications, and the names and contact details of at least two referees;
  3. Copies of all academic transcripts.
  4. Email enquiries for more information about the scholarship may be sent to Dr Melike Fourie at marethem@gmail.com with the following Subject Title written in capital letters: POSTDOC SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY.

 

Closing Date: 20 January 2020

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PhD Scholarship

Research on Historical Trauma, Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma and Related Themes full-time residential doctoral scholarship


Two full-time residential doctoral scholarships offered by Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation are available in this category from January 2019. The scholarships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the research initiative “Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past." Applicants should have a strong research background, especially in qualitative research methods with a Research, Clinical or related Masters' degree in Psychology. Applicants from other fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences may be considered. Demonstrable research skill and experience at Masters' level in empirical data gathering, especially in qualitative research methods, will be ascribed high importance.

Applicants are required to submit a draft proposal with their application. The draft proposal should describe, under a proposed title, the research to be undertaken and the applicant's disciplinary background. Successful candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application before 31 August.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Samantha van Schalkwyk [samanthavs@sun.ac.za]

Applicants must:

  1. be available to register and to register by the end of January 2019;
  2. be willing to study full time;
  3. be competent in qualitative data analysis (essential for research involving phenomenological, narrative, or other qualitative methods);
  4. hold a Masters' degree with a grade of 70% and above;
  5. be able to work in an interdisciplinary team environment;

Successful applicants will be registered in the Faculty of Humanities at Stellenbosch University and will be expected to submit their
final thesis proposal
within six months of registration.   

Application Procedure:

  1. Submit your application via email to Dr. Samantha van Schalkwyk [samanthavs@sun.ac.za] with the following information:
  2. Cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and indicating how these align with the theme(s) of the scholarship outlined above;
  3. CV with full details of prior research;
  4. Copies of all academic transcripts.
  5. Email Enquiries for more information about the scholarships may be sent to Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela at PumlaGM@sun.ac.za with the following Subject Title written in capital letters: SCHOLARSHIP ENQUIRY.
Closing Date: 27 July 2018