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Position: 1 Postdoc in Political Science/Political Economy + 1 Postdoc in Law
Institution: University of Luxembourg
Location: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Duties: The EMULEG project is seeking a team of committed scholars who, jointly, will use interdisciplinary approaches to (1) study the evolving role of the ECB in EMU, (2) analyze the resulting challenges in terms of accountability and legitimacy, and (3) identify possible solutions and reforms on the basis of the comparative study of other central banks (e.g. USA, UK, New Zealand)
Requirements: PhD in comparative politics, political economy, Law or a related field; An interest in (and ideally prior experience with) the study of central banks, monetary policy and accountability
   
Text: UOL04272 31-Dec-2099 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-fertilization 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 two Postdoctoral researchers, one in the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) and one in the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF). The successful candidates will play an active role in the implementation of the EMULEG project - The Governance of Monetary Policy: The EMU’s Legitimacy Conundrum ( https://wwwen.uni.lu/ias/running_audacity_projects/emuleg ). The EMULEG project is led by Professor Joana Mendes ( https://wwwfr.uni.lu/fdef/departement_droit/equipe/joana_mendes ) and Professor Anna-Lena Högenauer ( https://wwwen.uni.lu/research/fhse/dsoc/people/anna_lena_hoegenauer ) and funded by a grant from the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Luxembourg. The EMULEG project is situated at the intersection of political science, law and political economy. One of the postdoctoral researchers will be attached to the Department of Social Sciences in the FHSE and one will be attached to the Department of Law in the FDEF. About the EMULEG Project The EMULEG project is seeking a team of committed scholars who, jointly, will use interdisciplinary approaches to (1) study the evolving role of the ECB in EMU, (2) analyze the resulting challenges in terms of accountability and legitimacy, and (3) identify possible solutions and reforms on the basis of the comparative study of other central banks (e.g. USA, UK, New Zealand). Position 1: Postdoctoral researcher in Political Science/Political Economy (or a related discipline) Your Role The task of the postdoc will be to collect and analyse data on the mandate, the operational independence and accountability of the ECB and the US Fed, Bank of England and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as well as on trust in these institutions. The aim is to understand the extent to which the current balance of independence and accountability of the ECB is affected by the growing politicization of EMU and to identify ways to rebalance central bank independence and accountability with a view to strengthening the legitimacy of the ECBs decision-making. The postdoc will cooperate closely and co-publish with Prof. Högenauer and the lawyers on the team, who will conduct a comparative analysis of the legal and constitutional frameworks of central bank independence and accountability. The primary tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will include: Project-based research and theory development Development and deployment of data collection strategies including interviews and content analysis of primary and secondary documents 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 comparative politics, political economy or a related field An interest in (and ideally prior experience with) the study of central banks, monetary policy and accountability Training and experience with qualitative approaches, including one or more of the following: comparative case studies, qualitative and/or quantitative content analysis, interview design/implementation Commitment to a team-based research environment with an ability to work independently and meet deadlines The position requires fluency in English. Knowledge of French, German and other languages is a valuable asset Position 2: Postdoctoral researcher in Law Your Role The task of the postdoc will be to engage with ongoing academic debates on the mandate, the institutional status of independence and accountability of the ECB to conduct a comparative analysis of the legal and constitutional frameworks of central bank independence and accountability, including of the respective ways of exercising judicial and administrative review. The aim is to understand the extent to which the current balance of independence and accountability of the ECB is affected by the growing politicization of EMU and to identify ways to rebalance central bank independence and accountability with a view to strengthening the legitimacy of the ECBs decision-making. Interest to research the democratization of money will be an advantage. The postdoc will cooperate closely and co-publish with Prof. Mendes and the political scientists/political economists on the team, who will collect and analyse data on the mandate, the operational independence and accountability of the ECB and the US Fed, Bank of England and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as well as on trust in these institutions. The primary tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will include: Project-based research and theory development Collecting the relevant primary and secondary documents for comparison and devise suitable approaches to comparison 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) In Short Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 24 Month Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week Starting date: December 2021 Job Reference: UOL04272 In particular, we offer: Opportunity to work on an innovative project in a research active environment The opportunity to (co-)author peer reviewed articles A competitive salary and a range of social benefits A supportive academic team A dynamic, multicultural environment 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 (to be uploaded in the system or sent under separate cover to daniela.janeva@uni.lu ) Applications received by 31 August 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. Further information Questions about these positions can be addressed to anna-lena.hoegenauer@uni.lu
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