This is an exciting opportunity to join a research project on political representation. The post-doctoral researcher will conduct project-related research independently but also in co-operation with the project leader. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on his or her own research, in consultation with the PI. The project tasks include a review of relevant literature from several scientific disciplines, data collection, and, first and foremost, quantitative empirical analysis of political responsiveness across policy areas, countries, levels of governance, and time. Additionally, the researcher is expected to lead, and contribute to academic publications, participate in team meetings, engage in presentations, be involved in the co-organization of workshops, and contribute to the development of grant applications.
Applicants are expected to have completed their PhD either in political science, sociology or related disciplines, with methodological expertise in advanced quantitative methods, ideally demonstrated in the PhD thesis or publications. Proficiency in statistical data analyses with syntax-based software is a must. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, be open to working together with a team of scholars on collaborative projects, have excellent organizational abilities, and willingness and capacity for teamwork. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite, since the candidates will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht.
We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally-oriented organisation where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct exciting research. The postdoctoral researcher will have the unique opportunity to carry out research within one or more of the four themes within the research programme. They will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field.
We offer a 1.00 fte appointment as Post-Doctoral Researcher for 18 months.
Your position of Post-doctoral Researcher (Onderzoeker 3) will consist of 100% research.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a gross monthly salary of about € 3.111,00 per month, scale level 10 (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. After a positive assessment a promotion to scale 11 is possible in the 2nd year.
You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs. If you do not already live in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings) you might be eligible for an allowance for alternative housing.
Other secondary conditions include e.g. a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
Applicants are invited for an 18 months postdoctoral position within the project “Democratic Representation across countries, context and time”. The project is funded by the NWO, awarded to the principal investigator, Dr. Christine Arnold.
The question of how governments can better connect with their citizens is a central concern for national and European policy-makers. A central tenet of representative democracy is that there is a reciprocal link between the provisions of public policies and the wishes of the citizens. Measuring the degree of responsiveness of political institutions to the demands of citizens is of vital importance because it helps to assess how representatives are successful in meeting the needs and expectations of citizens. A key question is: Are the policy preferences of the public providing guidance for policy positions of parties, policy agendas, and policy outputs of governments?
This research project will advance our understanding of political representation in a multilevel system in Europe, with a focus on policy change using newly available data and applying recent developments in time-series methods. This project draws on theories of issue congruence, agenda setting and policy representation to assess the extent to which public opinion influences policy change across policy areas, decision-making venues, countries, context and time.
Starting date: preferably February 1, 2018
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Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to Dr. Christine Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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