Entry Level

Junior Researchers

University of Bayreuth



Vacancy Description


Researcher on DFG (German Research Foundation) Grant on ‘Practices of Legitimation: Chinese Non-State Actors in East Africa’

For basic info on the project, click here

The researcher will be contracted directly by the University of Bayreuth (PI Professor Jana Hönke) for 4 months in the first instance, May 2024- Aug 2024. The terms of reference will be agreed by the Pl, the contracted researcher and the University of Bayreuth. Likely responsibilities include:

  • To attend training on research methods in Nairobi in May 2024.
  • To pilot ethnographic and interview research techniques within stipulated communities over a minimum 2-month period in Kenya or Tanzania, (estimated June and July 2024), obtaining consent in accordance with research protocols.
  • To collect and store ethnographic and interview data in accordance with protocols.
  • To build positive and respectful relationships within such communities, with a view to further extended research periods.
  • To flag concerns with research methods, environment, process or any other issue with line manager in a timely and sensitive fashion.
  • To contribute to early findings and research instrument review, either in writing or in person, by August 2024.

Personal Specification

Essential (all are required to apply)

  • A strong undergraduate degree in related subject e.g. (international) politics; (development) anthropology, sociology, development studies (NOT education)
  • Some experience of qualitative data collection in Kenya or Tanzania
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, able to build rapport and conduct research in a respectful manner, with utmost professionalism and integrity
  • Strong understanding of the principles of ethnographic research
  • Kenyan / Tanzanian national
  • Fluent in Swahili
  • Available for training in Nairobi in May 2024
  • Available for fieldwork in selected rural communities for minimum 2 months (estimated June and July 2024)
  • Ability to comply with strict ethical protocols as approved by University of Bayreuth and Kenyan / Tanzanian research authorities (NACOSTI and COSTECH) respectively
  • Able to supply 2 academic / research references following appointment.

Desirable (not required to apply but advantageous)

  • Masters level in a related subject (as above)
  • Ethnographic fieldwork experience in rural Kenya or Tanzania
  • Familiarity with / interest in debates on Chinese actors in east Africa
  • Demonstrably strong written English
  • Basic knowledge in Mandarin
  • Prior contributor to project outputs such as a report, briefing or academic article
  • Available for contract extension (until August 2025)

----Apply after the ad----

Application Guidelines

Interested applicants should send their CV, one-page cover letter and relevant writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) by Thursday 28 March 2024.

Applications have closed

View more jobs at University of Bayreuth →

Unlock Your Dream Career with Our Expert CV Makeover

Our professional CV revamp service will give your job search the edge it needs. Crafted by industry experts, your new CV will showcase your talents and land you more interviews.

Upgrade Your Career Today from as low as KES. 600


Be the first to know of similar vacancies by joining our Live Feed WhatsApp Channel, Telegram Channel or Facebook Group. WhatsApp Channel Join Telegram Channel Follow us on LinkedIn Find a Date, Make Friends & Meet New People! Join CampusBiz Dating