Placement and Research Assistantship Opportunities

There are currently a number of interesting opportunities available for undergraduate students to gain invaluable work experience:

1) We are now recruiting students to the Semester 2 Undergraduate Research Assistantship positions. Semester 2 positions run from 2 February to 29 March 2015 (8 weeks). Students are expected to work a maximum of 10 hours each week during this time. URA positions are paid £9.35 per hour. Students who successfully complete their URA position will receive a certificate.

Research Assistant: Legal Protection of Mass Graves

Mass graves in countries like Libya, Iraq and now Ukraine and Syria regularly make news headlines. It is recognised that, in the aftermaths of conflict and gross human rights violations, victims have a right to know what happened to their loved ones. Such a right is compromised if mass graves are not adequately protected to ensure an effective investigation, to preserve evidence, and facilitate identification and repatriation of the dead. Despite guidelines for investigations of the missing and legal obligations under international law, it is not expressly clear how these mass graves are best legally protected and by whom.

The researcher will review existing international and domestic legal provisions and other relevant materials relating to the protection of mass graves. The materials will need to be analysed to ascertain the current legal situation and desirable standards for adequate protection. Finally, the researcher is to prepare a discussion paper (or green paper) proposing legislative principles to safe-guard mass graves in post-conflict societies. For further information, please contact Melanie Klinkner

Research Assistant: Reconciliation-in-Practice in the Western Balkans

Since the end of the Balkan wars of the 1990s, countries such as Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo have been subject to a multitude of psycho-social interventions and cross-regional initiatives aimed at promoting interethnic reconciliation. Driven either by international stake holders or domestic agencies with international support, the success of these initiatives is still up for scrutiny. Some of these initiatives have been criticized for pathologising entire populations. International peace-builders have often tended to ignore specific local pasts and subjective experiences of violence; and demanded closure rather than allowing for dealing with these. Meanwhile, on the ground, local knowledge and attitudes as well as political ideologies have reproduced divisive ethno-nationalisms in what, arguably, could be interpreted as calls for recognition of past grievances, if not as quasi-religious desires for salvation. These phenomena are empirically particularly evident at material memorial sites and the social and ritual activities taking place in and around them.

The researcher will collect and review information on existing international and domestic reconciliation initiatives (which, because of the international interest, tend to be available in English). He/she will familiarise him/herself with theoretical conditions underpinning chances of reconciliation success and contribute to identifying and developing qualitative evaluation methods, accordingly. For further information, please contact Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers

To apply for a Undergraduate Research Assistantship position, please complete the standard BU job application form and email it to:

2) Bournemouth University Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU) is offering  a 1-year placement opportunity (and volunteer Policing) to a BU Undergraduate to support its collaborative working, knowledge exchange and business development initiatives which shall include; investigations and operations into the serious incidents of network based organised criminal activity; detection and simulation of  hi-tech crime; gathering and distribution of relevant and quality intelligence; to gain, provide and support technical solutions to digital forensics, ethical hacking, cyber defence and networking.; to produce evidence in a form which is admissible in court. This is carried out in relation to cybercrime as defined by the Home Office and the National Strategy and will require police vetting. For more information, please contact Chris Richardson