Postdoctoral Researcher EU Public Opinion Research

Job description

The Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) currently has a vacant Postdoc researcher position as part of the research Project EUDENTIFY, led by principal investigator Prof. Theresa Kuhn. ARTES is one of the five Research Schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

What are you going to do?

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of the EUDENTIFY research project directed by Prof. Theresa Kuhn. This 5-year project is funded by a VIDI grant of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and seeks to analyse the relationship between European supranational institution building and European identity formation. The postdoctoral researcher will compile a longitudinal dataset from existing cross-national public opinion surveys and use dynamic Bayesian latent variable models to estimate a “mood” scale of European identity. The researcher will also publish (co-authored) research articles related to the project and will support the PI in project management and supervision activities. The researcher will be embedded in the vibrant and interdisciplinary research community at ARTES and will have the opportunity to become affiliated to the Programme group Challenges to Democratic Representation at the Department of Political Science at UvA.

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Identifying and cleaning appropriate survey data sets
  • Compiling a longitudinal, cross-national dataset with aggregate information on European identity by country and year from 1970 until 2020
  • conducting research, presenting intermediate research results at workshops and conferences and publishing co-authored, peer reviewed articles;
  • participating in meetings of the project research group and developing a shared database;
  • co-organising knowledge dissemination activities;
  • assisting with administrative responsibilities related to the project.

Requirements

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Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD in political science, sociology, European studies or closely related field in the social sciences and humanities;
  • advanced quantitative research skills, including latent variables modelling (e.g., factor analysis, IRT models, etc.);
  • experience with stan software and advanced programming skills in R;
  • a good grasp of the literature on comparative public opinion and/or orientations towards European integration;
  • a track record of publishing in high-ranking academic journals and/or with leading presses or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to closely collaborate with the PI and members of a diverse team;
  • ability to work independently;
  • strong project management and organizational skills;
  • excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

The postdoctoral researcher will be appointed at the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies (Capacity Group European Studies) of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and will conduct the research in ARTES. The researcher will also be affiliated to the programme group Challenges for Democratic Representation, of the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. The employment contract will initially be for one year. Contingent on a positive performance evaluation the contract will be extended with another year. The employment contract is for 38 hours a week. Preferred starting date is 1 January 2023.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between € 3.703 to € 5,439. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

What else do we offer

  • Dynamic and vibrant research environment
  • Being part of an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional research team that aims to produce high-quality research
  • The opportunity to develop an independent research agenda within the overall project.
  • Financial support for international conferences and summer schools
  • Excellent possibilities for further professional development and education tailored to your own needs and preferences.

Employer

Faculty of Humanities

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.

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