Job Application

Job Application

Post-doc researcher - Horizon Europe PROJECT AUTHLIB
Deadline: mid December
  • Actualité Sciences PoActualité Sciences Po


We are seeking to appoint a Researcher to work with Profs. Jean-Philippe Cointet, Caterina Froio, Romain Lachat and Jan Rovny in the project “Neo-authoritarianisms in Europe and the liberal democratic response” (AUTHLIB) of the Horizon Europe funded by the European Commission. 

The AUTHLIB project’s basic premise is that liberal democracy faces not one challenge but many challenges and that therefore we must comprehensively consider the challenges that have emerged across and within countries in Europe in recent years. To do the AUTHLIB project carefully and systematically explores the varieties of illiberalism. Illiberalism has diverse ways of appealing to elites and to highly varied citizens, through narratives, programs and policies, emotional appeals, and institutional innovations, and it has developed methods of diffusion, each of which needs to be understood and mapped. In line with the varieties of illiberalism and their diverse diffusion channels the policies to mitigate and combat them need to be appropriate to the nature of the challenge in a given context.

The Sciences Po team will be responsible for the most extensive empirical data-collection work package in the project. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be expected to contribute mainly to the data collection and empirical analyses which maps ideological configurations and dimensions by analyzing party documents, speeches of public figures and social media activity of engaged citizens and by the conducting expert-surveys on the orientation of political actors. The research work will be aimed at the preparation of high-quality publications, drafting and submission of research reports to the European Commission, , and organization of social impact activities in co-creation with civil society and institutions in Hungary and at the European level.

Skills and qualification:

  • PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Data Science or related disciplines (completed or to be defended within max 6 months after the application).
  • Excellent knowledge of R or Python programming
  • Very good skills in text and (optionally) network analysis methods
  • Experience in text-as-data methods (e.g., dictionary analyses, supervised machine learning, topic modeling, word embedding).
  • Interest in or some background knowledge in the study of democracy would be an asset, but is not required.
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in English.
  • Strong interest in academic research, ideally proven through international publications and/or collaboration in research projects.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in an international team.

What we offer

  • The appointment is full-time and available from February 1, 2023 with a contract duration of 24 months.
  • Type of contract: Fixed-duration contract (CDD)
  • Gross salary (salaire brut): between €2,500 and € 3,000 per month depending on qualifications and experience
  • Partial contribution for Paris transportation card
  • Restaurant tickets

How to apply

Please send:

  • a cover letter outlining precisely the qualifications and skills that match the requirements for the position, and previous work experience carrying out similar tasks to those required here.
  • a CV
  • a writing sample (an article or PhD thesis)

to by 5pm on December 4, 2022 .

Interviews will be planned in mid December.

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