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Postdoctoral position in ERC funded project on Migration and Democratic Diffusion.

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the context of the ERC Consolidator project Migration and Democratic Diffusion: the Impact of Migration on Democratic Practices and Processes in Countries of Origin (MIGRADEMO), led by Eva Østergaard-Nielsen in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Application deadline: 21/1 2020

Project/research context:

The postdoctoral researcher will be part of a team researching the impact of migration on democratic participation and processes in countries of origin. The research strategy of the MIGRADEMO project combines analysis of processes of democratic diffusion across three countries of origin and at three levels of democratic participation and processes: individual citizens, civil society and among political leaders and representatives. The case studies are Turkey, Morocco, and Romania. The project will analyse already existing aggregate data on remittances and political behaviour and, importantly, generate new comprehensive datasets based on both surveys and in-depth qualitative research among non-migrants and returnees in countries of origin, civil society leaders and the political elite.  The project will contribute to our understanding of the conditions under which migration can influence democratic processes as well as the broader research fields of democracy, migration, and citizenship.

The project will be carried out until 2023 by an interdisciplinary team of the PI, 3 postdocs and 1 PhD student. Candidates interested in applying for externally funded postdoctoral positions related to any aspect of the research agenda on migration and democracy are welcome to contact the PI. Expressions of interest in the upcoming calls for the Juan de la Cierva and Ramon y Cajal postdocs are welcome until 3/1 2020 (12.00 pm CET) .

Key responsibilities:

The selected postdocs will, in close collaboration with the PI and the rest of the team, be an important part of both the implementation and dissemination of the project. The main tasks will be to:

  • Contribute to the development of the methodological and theoretical research tasks, data collection and analysis, in particular, to help design and oversee the implementation of household surveys in countries of migrant origin. Some traveling/fieldwork can be expected.
  • Present and publish top-level joint publications within the project research objectives.
  • Participate in the scientific training of/support to PhD candidates.
  • Help organize and participate in seminars and conferences organized around the ERC project.
  • Contribute to the drafting of MIGRADEMO research reports and briefings and other types of dissemination activities.
  • Assist in research-related administrative tasks.

Profile of candidates:

  • A PhD in Political Science or other related and relevant field.
  • Excellent analytical and methodological skills, advanced training in social science methodology, in particular, statistical studies and survey methodology.
  • Experience with data collection and analysis using large sample surveys and comparative research designs.
  • An excellent publication record relative to career stage.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Ability and commitment to work both independently and collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary and international team.

Further valuable qualifications include experience with field research especially in non-EU countries, experience with mixed methods research and experimental research design, experience with and publications related to studies of migration and democratization, fluency in French and/or other language skills relevant to the case studies and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Catalan and/or Spanish are not a requirement.

What we offer:

We offer a full-time research position for up to 3 years/till the end of the project. The candidate will have access to new data and work in the stimulating research environment of an international and interdisciplinary research team. The position, benefits, and payment are regulated by a post-doctoral labour contract for research staff at the UAB. Salary will be between 31.730 to 34.700 (annual gross) depending on experience. Funding for project-related dissemination in conferences is available. The candidate is expected to be in residence in Barcelona throughout the duration of the contract. Start date is March 2020 (some flexibility).

How to apply:

Interested candidates must upload their applications on by 21/1 2020 (sign up and apply at the call reference number 2019DILEUA36). In addition, candidates should send their applications to by the same deadline with the message subject MIGRADEMO Postdoc. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The following documents must be included:

  • A motivation letter detailing how your research profile and interest relate to the project.
  • A detailed CV including information on relevant methodological training, research experience, and average graduate degree results.
  • Names of two referees.
  • Two writing samples in English demonstrating the methodological and analytical skills of the applicants.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a personal interview, either in person at the UAB or via Skype within 2 weeks of the application deadline. We expect to finish the selection process by the first week of February.

Research environment:

The MIGRADEMO project and team are based in the Department of Political Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The ERC project team members will be interacting with the rest of the faculty at the Department of Political Science and the interdisciplinary Institute of Government and Public Policy which include faculty and research groups at the forefront of studies of democracy, public policy and migration. The UAB is one of the leading universities in Spain according to international rankings and hosts a large number of ERC projects and other EU funded collaborations including in the faculties of Political Science and Sociology and the Humanities. The campus is easily accessible through a short train ride from the center of Barcelona, one of the most welcoming cities for international researchers and students.

For more information, please contact the PI of MIGRADEMO, Eva Østergaard-Nielsen, email: