Thu 14 Jul 2022

JOB: Student Assistant for the project SYRASP

For its Berlin office and starting at the earliest possible date, the Forum is looking for

a student assistant (f/m/d)

for the research project SYRASP – The Prison Narratives of Assad's Syria: Voices, Texts, Publics
(10-15 hours per week, fixed-term contract until 31.08.2023, with a possible extension)

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The Forum Transregionale Studien (Forum) is a platform for the international cooperation between scholars of different expertise and perspectives on global issues. The Forum provides scope for exchange on questions of science policy, epistemology and ethics, and develops infrastructures and formats that allow transregional research ideas and projects to be tested, implemented and communicated. The Forum is committed to strengthening regional studies and to the principle of non-hierarchical research. It appoints scholars from around the world as fellows and engages in joint research programs and initiatives with partners from universities and research institutions in and outside of Berlin. The Forum is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Higher Education and Research, Health, Long-Term Care and Gender Equality.

The Prison Narratives of Assad’s Syria: Voices, Texts, Publics (SYRASP) is a research project at the Forum, funded by the European Research Council (Grant Agreement No. 851393), and an affiliate project of the research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum. Bridging the disciplines of literary studies and cultural anthropology, SYRASP researches contemporary narratives, images, social media practices, and cultural practices related to incarceration and forced disappearance in Syria under the Assad regime (1970-present). The research is directed by Principal Investigator Dr. Anne-Marie McManus. More information:   

The student assistant’s tasks are to support the project, its PI, and associate researchers, including the following main tasks:

  • Transcription and translation of Arabic texts and audio recordings
  • General office duties



  • Student in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Area Studies, preferably with a focus on the Middle East (especially Syria) and an interest in the thematic focus of the project
  • Experience in transcription and translation of Arabic texts and interviews
  • Fluency in English and Arabic (verbal and written; Syrian dialect)
  • Competency in handling common office software
  • Independent and reliable working method

In order to be employed, candidates must be enrolled as MA or BA students at a university or college. Working conditions and salary are based on the Labour Agreement for Student Employees (Tarifvertrag für studentische Beschäftigte) as of January 1, 2003 (TV Stud II) and, if applicable, on the Minimum Wage Law of the State of Berlin (Landesmindestlohngesetz) in its currently valid version.

Please send your application (cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, certificates, including a note on potential weekly working hours) in English in one PDF file via email to bewerbung(at) until 2 August 2022. Contact person is Dr. Anne-Marie McManus, SYRASP’s Principal Investigator.

Our institution aims to reflect society in its entirety. Therefore, we invite applications from individuals re-gardless of their cultural and social background, gender, age, religion, worldviews, disabilities and sexual orientation.

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