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Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Research Positions

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Position Definition: Post-doctoral researcher
Place of work: The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris, France
Type of contract: Temporary contract
Contract duration: 24 months
Expected hiring date: 1 September 2023
Work time: full-time
Required degree level: PhD in Sociology, Political Science, Economics, or related fields
Application deadline: January 31, 2023

Applications are invited for two 2-year Postdoctoral Research Positions at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris, France, starting on 1 September 2023.

The purpose of AxPo’s research program is to bring together research in sociology, political science, and economics on multiple forms of polarization which may contribute to the fragmentation of democratic market societies. AxPo will notably focus on socio-economical and socio-political polarizations, and their interrelations.

Qualified candidates will have a background in Sociology, Political Science, Economics, or in related disciplines, i.e. History, Geography, etc.

Once hired, AxPo postdoctoral researchers will be both members of the AxPo Observatory and of one other Sciences Po research center (notably the CEE, CRIS, CSO, Department of Economics, or CEVIPOF).

Additionally, postdocs will be encouraged to spend a short time (for example three months) in one of the two external partner research institutions: MPIfG and CEU-DI. Similarly, AxPo offers to host other postdocs from these two institutions. This mobility will allow postdoctoral fellows to showcase and develop their research in different contexts, with different research partners and specialties.
Sciences Po is one of France’s leading institutions for research and teaching in the social sciences, law, and history.

For further information about AxPo’s postdoctoral research program.

The annual gross salary will be 40,400 €. Employment in France guarantees full access to healthcare and other social security benefits.

The postdoc positions are intended for excellent early-career researchers. To be eligible, candidates must have defended – or be due to defend – their PhD between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2023. Sciences Po’s working languages are English and French, and speaking French is not a requirement for the positions.

The postdoctoral researchers will be expected to undertake research within AxPo’s academic area, broadly defined. Postdoctoral researchers will participate in all academic activities organized by both AxPo Observatory and their host research center in Sciences Po: research seminars, workshops, conferences, etc., and will have the opportunity to organize meetings and workshops on subjects related to their own research.


The chair of the selection committee is Olivier Godechot (AxPo director and Center for Research on Social Inequalities (CRIS)), with Philipp Brandt (Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO)), Isabelle Méjean (Department of Economics), Lou Safra (Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF)), Matthias Thiemann (Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE)), and two external colleagues from universities outside Sciences Po, Dorit Geva (Central European University) and Martin Höpner (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies).

Applicants are asked to complete an online application Google form* and submit through the application portal a PDF file that combines a precise list of elements into one single file, notably

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Postdoctoral research project title & abstract (200 words maximum);
  4. Project summary (1000 words maximum);
  5. Job market paper

Applicants will also be asked to send their PhD Dissertation in its current stage of completion in a separate PDF document.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 EST on Tuesday 31 January 2023.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by the beginning of March and interviews are expected to take place on Zoom in mid-late March 2023.

The online application form is available here: https://forms.gle/vZ1fDQhKRMr1QHeA6

AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris follows an equal opportunities policy.

* Due to Google Form requirements, applicants need to have a Google Drive account to submit their PDF online. Applicants who do not want to open a google drive account can send an email to allison.rovny@sciencespo.fr to find an alternative channel.

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