Recruitment: Research Assistant

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Sciences Po, Centre détudes européennes et de politique comparée (UMR 8239)

Contract details

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to support Prof Laura Morales in the project “Inclusive Democracies? Conceptualising and Measuring the Descriptive and Substantive Political Representation of Under-represented Groups in Democratic Parliaments (INCLUSIVEPARL)”. INCLUSIVEPARL is funded by Sciences Po and will focus on the descriptive and substantive representation of under-represented groups by (1) proposing a conceptualization of the boundaries of under-represented groups and the relative importance of the 'visibility' of membership into the group for descriptive and substantive representation of the given groups; and (2) assessing the various options for measuring membership into the group, and the subsequent descriptive and substantive representation of said groups. The project will study these topics for France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom

Ideally, we are seeking to appoint a research assistant that can contribute to the collection, processing and analysis of the data relating to the four cases. Hence, reading proficiency in the four languages (French, Italian, Spanish and English) would be required. Candidates who can cover the four cases would be offered a 50% full-time equivalent (FTE) position. However, we will also consider candidates who are proficient in at least 2 of the languages, and in this case we would offer a 40% FTE position.

The appointment is available from December (or as soon as possible thereafter) and the contract duration is up to 22 months (it depends on the status of the contract). We will talk about this during the interview.

Type of contract: Fixed-duration contract (CDD)

Gross salary: €1,000 per month for 50% FTE (€800 for 40% FTE).

Other contributions: partial contribution for transportation card within Paris, restaurant tickets if working arrangements include full working days. 

How to apply

Please send (1) a cover letter outlining how you feel you meet the requirements for the position, (2) a CV and (3) a sample of single-authored written work that includes empirical quantitative analysis (e.g. a master’s thesis, a course paper, etc.) to by 5 pm on Friday 16 November.

Interviews will be planned for the week of 19 November. 


The RA will be expected to:

- Support the research team through the collection, evaluation and interpretation of the research data.

- Prepare and undertake data analysis and tests using quantitative and qualitative techniques and approaches agreed with the Principal Investigator and the rest of the team.

- Document the research findings, assessing the outcomes and options emerging from the research and contributing as a junior partner to the writing and publication of research papers.

- Responsible for the maintenance and version control of the data collected. This will also include inputting of data and its safe storage using the agreed protocols, as defined by the research team Sciences Po’s research data protection policy. 

- Identify and understand work requirements prioritising tasks and responsibilities within an agreed timeframe agreed with the Principal Investigator.

- The post holder will be required to effectively manage their time to deliver on the priorities of the project. The post holder will need to plan ahead to ensure the research is delivered in accordance with the overall research objectives and deadlines. This may include defining tasks and schedules, organising meetings, preparing intermediate reports on data and findings, and contributing to the project final report. 

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • A postgraduate (MA/MSc) degree in Politics or Political Sociology with a substantive or methodological focus relevant to the project. European degrees directly giving access to a PhD programme in their home university system will be regarded as equivalent to an MA/MSc/MRes for the purposes of this job application.*
  • Demonstrable training in quantitative research methods and techniques at postgraduate level.*
  • An expertise, backed up by research experience, in the politics of at least two of the countries studied (France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) in one or several of the following fields: political representation, legislatures, political institutions or political parties.*
  • Proficiency in English, and reading proficiency in at least one more of the following language: French, Italian and Spanish.*

Desirable, but not essential:

  • Research experience in subject relevant to the research project.*
  • Prior research experience in externally funded projects.*
  • Experience in primary data collection.
  • A track record of international collaboration in social science research or consultancy experience.

Skills, Abilities and Competencies:


  • Proven ability of social science data input, management and analysis with Stata and Excel.*
  • Intermediate-level quantitative analysis skills (e.g. up to multivariate regression analysis).*
  • Proven ability to write up research findings.*
  • Ability to take initiative, self-manage and contribute intellectually to the overall project.
  • Expertise with relevant office packages.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.*
  • Attention to detail.*

Desirable but not essential:

  • Advanced quantitative skills (e.g. multilevel modelling, time-series analysis, etc.).*
  • Evidence of coherent research activity (such as involvement in successful grant applications and publications).

(*Criteria to be used to shortlist candidates for interview)


Note: We have a strong preference for appointing a candidate who will be based in Paris and would take a CDD contract. However, we will consider applications from suitable and qualified candidates who do not reside in Paris and cannot consider relocating to Paris. In that case, we would be willing to consider offering a service contract if administratively feasible.



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