The Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, is looking for a postdoc associated with a new research project commencing on 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as postdoc is for a period of 3 years, of which 60% of the time stems from the research project (involving research, research support of Danish lead partner and administrative tasks) and 40% of the time consists of teaching and supervision activities. It is also possible to establish the position as a pure research position (i.e. research, research support of Danish lead partner and administrative tasks) of 60% (approx. 22 hours per week) employment over 3 years.
The project seeks to identify success factors & challenges so that the EU’s democracy support efforts can regain traction and be revamped to make neighbourhood countries more resilient, equitable, inclusive, and responsive to people’s local needs. It offers a great opportunity to connect epistemic communities of researchers, policy makers in EU institutions and member states, practitioners, civil society representatives, and citizen groups in the EU and its neighbourhoods.
Building on recent as well as new research the project will develop a theoretical framework for an improved EU democracy support toolkit in both neighbourhoods. This framework will elaborate mechanisms for new practices of (feedback-based) interaction in the EU’s democracy support by establishing and pilot-testing an innovative Democracy Learning Loop. The collected data will create a transparent overview of the EU’s role and its democracy support practices which will in turn be made accessible to a wider audience via a Democracy Support Database and Digital Dashboard. The project will also identify additional tools to mainstream EU democracy support practices in the field of gender equality, digital transformations, trade, migration, energy, and security in its interactions with neighbourhood countries.
As a postdoc you will work closely with Danish lead partner Professor Michelle Pace (Roskilde University) and the project’s international consortium.
The postdoc will assist with the development of the theoretical and methodological framework and independently carry out assessments of academic literature on democracy, democracy support and contestation as social practices. The post includes tasks aimed at conceptualizing gender equality and the role of digital transformations in relation to democracy support. Finally, teaching and teaching-related tasks are included in the position. The postdoc will also be offered to participate in Roskilde University’s university pedagogy and active research environment.
Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will work closely with the Danish Lead partner and the other partners in the consortium’s research team. The specific tasks include:
- Literature search, review and co-publications
- Pilot testing of project’s conceptual framework
- Support of Danish lead partner
- (Teaching & supervision)
A Ph.D. in the field of social sciences as well as experience with qualitative and quantitative analysis and preferably knowledge of democracy/democratization studies and European Union studies.
We are looking for a candidate with experience in working independently as well as with other team members. The candidate will preferably have theoretical and practical knowledge about co-creation on democracy support in the EU’s neighbourhoods as well as gender equality and digital transformations. Danish language skills in relation to the mapping of Denmark’s democracy support practices in the neighbourhoods are preferred. Knowledge of other languages pertinent to the project’s research theme will be added advantages.
In the assessment of the applicants, emphasis will be placed on:
- Scientific production and research potential
- Ability to work independently and with other research team members
- Ability to promote and leverage research results
- Broad academic experience, preferably also extensive international academic experience
- Ability to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external collaborations
- Teaching experience
In the overall assessment of the individual applicant, emphasis is placed on the applicant’s research potential as well as research qualifications, including experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, insight into the field of research and competencies in research communication.
For further information about the postdoc position, please contact professor Michelle Pace on tel. (+45) 4674 2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms of employment
The employment can be both fulltime (37 hours) or parttime (22 hours) depending on whether or not teachning is included. You will refer to dean Peter Kragelund.
The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.
Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.
The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.
Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.
To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/
Only applications in English are accepted.
Applications must include:
1. Cover letter
3. Documentation of education
4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
5. A complete list of publications
6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment
If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)
Please submit your application no later than 11th June 2022.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Deadline: 2022-06-11 at 23:59
Unit: Instititut for Samfundsvidenskab og Erhverv
Post expires on lørdag juni 11th, 2022