PhD Candidate: Chefsache: Leadership and Control in EU Climate Change Policy
We invite applications for a PhD position. The PhD project investigates current and recent processes of EU decision and policy making to combat climate …
- Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- € 2434 - € 3111 per maand
We invite applications for a PhD position. The PhD project investigates current and recent processes of EU decision and policy making to combat climate change, in relation to the European Green Deal. The focus is on tracing EU level dynamics at and around the European Council, and how national political and administrative actors seek to influence and control these dynamics. For more details see the project outline.
This PhD position is part of the research project 'Chefsache, Coping with the European Council at the EU and national levels' coordinated by Dr Sandrino Smeets, Prof. Ellen Mastenbroek and Dr Duncan Liefferink. This is a multidisciplinary project based on cooperation between the departments of Public Administration, Research Methodology, and Environmental Governance and Politics (EGP) of the Nijmegen School of Management.
The Chefsache project studies the increased role and influence of the European Council in shaping and steering EU decision and policy making on three major issues or challenges of today: climate, migration and COVID-19. Instead of focusing on the political leaders themselves and their summits, the project provides in-depth process level reconstructions and analyses of the decision and policy making dynamics of the European Council and at the lower levels. The project is based on intensive cooperation with insiders from EU institutions and national ministries, so as to create a valid, insider reconstruction of these processes and mechanisms.
The empirical research will be conducted in close cooperation with the daily supervisor and other members of the research team. You will make use of a variety of qualitative, quantitative and intervention (action research) methods, such as case studies, process tracing, content analysis, policy analysis, interviews, participatory modelling and simulation.
Your tasks will be to develop your own research project within the parameters of the project, set up and perform data collection (including extensive fieldwork in Brussels and The Hague), conduct sound analyses, write scientific articles and complete your PhD thesis in time. You will participate in conferences, organise and facilitate academic and non-academic workshops and seminars, and contribute to teaching at the Nijmegen School of Management.
- A Master's degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Environmental Studies or a related field, preferably with a focus on and basic understanding of EU politics.
- Excellent knowledge of advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as an eagerness to further develop this knowledge.
- Academic excellence, as demonstrated by grade transcripts and CV.
- An excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English.
- A willingness and capacity to conduct extensive fieldwork in The Hague and Brussels and/or other national capitals.
- The ability to work independently but also in close cooperation with the daily supervisor and other members of the research project or research group.
- The ability to finish the PhD project in time: i.e. strong skills in project management, flexibility, a proactive approach and excellent academic writing skills.
- Professional and scientific integrity and excellent social skills required for fieldwork and interviews.
- Employment: 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
- The gross starting salary amounts to €2,434 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,111 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
- In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
- Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
- The intended start date is 1 January 2022.
- You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
Additional employment conditions
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.
Additional informationFor more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Sandrino Smeets, Associate Professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 12 68
Ellen Mastenbroek, Professor
Tel.: +31 24 361 30 22