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Position: Postdoctoral researcher positions in Political Science and Related Fields
Institution: University of Luxembourg
Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Duties: Project-based research and theory development Development and deployment of data collection strategies including interviews with policy experts and elites Content analysis of primary and secondary documents Creation of a dashboard of housing policies Publications in peer-reviewed journals Contribution to team-based tasks, collaborations, and project management Other research and/or teaching tasks to be determined in relation to the needs of the project and the interests of the candidate, including support of project activities (e.g. workshops)
Requirements: PhD in political science, public/social policy, or a related field in the social sciences Sound conceptual and empirical mooring in inequality studies and the welfare state with an interest in the politics of housing policy Training and experience with qualitative approaches, including one or more of the following: comparative case studies, process tracing methods, content analysis, interview design/implementation. Familiarity with data visualization, quantitative methods including regression analysis using Stata, and/or methods based in causal inference considered a valuable asset Strong project management skills with a desire to help lead a multi-year work package Commitment to a team-based research environment with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines Fluency in English. Knowledge of French, German and other languages a valuable asset
   
Text: UOL04021 15-May-2021 About the University The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character . It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching , is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. The University`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society. The University of Luxembourg invites applications for 2 Postdoctoral researchers in the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE). The successful candidates will play an active role in the implementation of the PROPEL project - PROactive Policymaking for Equal Lives. The PROPEL project is led by Dr. Lindsay Flynn as Principal Investigator and funded by a €2 million ATTRACT Consolidator grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche. The PROPEL project is situated at the intersection of inequality studies, studies of the welfare state, and political economy. The project is hosted within the Institute of Political Science and part of the interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences. It has formal collaborations with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and the LIS Cross-National Data Center. About the PROPEL Project The PROPEL project is seeking a team of committed scholars who, jointly, will use interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches to (1) identify the political inputs that shape housing markets and housing policies, (2) trace the ways in which housing markets and policies generate economic, social, and political inequalities in high-income OECD countries, and (3) propose policy-relevant and evidence-informed solutions to address contemporary inequalities. The project focuses on countries primarily but not exclusively in Europe and North America. It examines economic, social, and political inequality across important subgroups including younger and older generations, larger and smaller families, different racial and ethnic groups, and households with varying levels of income and wealth. It links housing to other related policy areas such as employment and pension policies. Each major work package of the project adopts a qualitative, quantitative, or experimental design and will be jointly led by the PI and one additional member of the PROPEL team. Position 1 Your Role The successful candidate will help lead the "Politics of Inequality" work package, which brings together the subfields on housing financialization and the politics of the policy process to examine the ways in which political actors (e.g. elected officials, organized interests in sectors like banking and finance, and civil servants) create contemporary housing policies in Europe and North America. This area of the project primarily but not exclusively adopts qualitative methods. The primary tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will include: Project-based research and theory development Development and deployment of data collection strategies including interviews with policy experts and elites Content analysis of primary and secondary documents Creation of a dashboard of housing policies Publications in peer-reviewed journals Contribution to team-based tasks, collaborations, and project management Other research and/or teaching tasks to be determined in relation to the needs of the project and the interests of the candidate, including support of project activities (e.g. workshops) Your Profile PhD in political science, public/social policy, or a related field in the social sciences Sound conceptual and empirical mooring in inequality studies and the welfare state with an interest in the politics of housing policy Training and experience with qualitative approaches, including one or more of the following: comparative case studies, process tracing methods, content analysis, interview design/implementation. Familiarity with data visualization, quantitative methods including regression analysis using Stata, and/or methods based in causal inference considered a valuable asset Strong project management skills with a desire to help lead a multi-year work package Commitment to a team-based research environment with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines Fluency in English. Knowledge of French, German and other languages a valuable asset Position 2 Your Role The successful candidate will help lead the "Unequal Effects of Housing Policy" work package, which links housing policy constellations in Europe and North America to political, social and economic inequalities across different societal groups. This area of the project is primarily but not exclusively based on quantitative methods and a survey-based research design. The primary tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will include: Project-based research and theory development Development and deployment of a survey designed to capture individual-level tradeoffs in the housing market Data analysis Publications in peer-reviewed journals Contribution to team-based tasks, collaborations, and project management Other research and/or teaching tasks to be determined in relation to the needs of the project and the interests of the candidate, including support of project activities (e.g. workshops) Your Profile PhD in political science, sociology, demography, or a related field in the social sciences Sound conceptual and empirical mooring in inequality studies and the welfare state with an interest in the ways in which housing policies reproduce economic, social, and political inequalities Training and experience with quantitative approaches including survey design and analysis of household level income and wealth microdata. Familiarity with data visualization, qualitative methods and/or methods based in causal inference considered a valuable asset Strong project management skills with a desire to help lead a multi-year work package Commitment to a team-based research environment with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines Fluency in English. Knowledge of French, German and other languages a valuable asset. We offer Opportunity to work on an innovative project that seeks to both understand and reduce inequalities A competitive salary and a range of social benefits Personal work space at the University A supportive academic team A dynamic, multicultural environment In Short Contract Type: 36 months fixed-term contract Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week Location: Belval / Esch-sur-Alzette Starting date: Summer 2021 Job Reference: UOL04021 How to apply Applications should be submitted online and include: Cover letter explaining your motivation for applying (please specify which position you are interested in) Curriculum Vitae Writing sample Up to three letters of recommendation Applications received by 15 May 2021 will receive full consideration. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered. The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff. Here’s what awaits you at the University Multilingual and international character . Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure. A partner for society and industry . Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs … Find out more about the University Addresses, maps & routes to the various sites of the University Further information For further information, please contact Professor Lindsay Flynn: lindsay.flynn@uni.lu
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