The Department of Political Science calls for application from a postdoctoral researcher to work in the ‘Elections, Violence, and Parties’ project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
The researcher will be part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) program group Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV).
Elections are nearly ubiquitous in the world today. Yet despite their aim to peacefully transfer power, elections in the developing world are often complicated by violence. The scholarship has focused on what makes some elections more violent than others.
Departing from this emphasis on intensity, the project develops a novel, party-centered theory that explains the nature, organization, and consequences of election violence. Political parties are crucial actors linking politicians and citizens, and the project attributes a central role to parties’ organizational and social links.
The project will examine the theory sub-nationally in India and Nigeria, two of the world’s largest democracies. The project uses a multi-method approach to examine within-country variation in party institutions, social support, and election violence in India and Nigeria, combining fieldwork interviews, quantitative data, survey experiments, and surveys.
Starting Date: April 1, 2021
Successful candidates will perform the following task
- conduct and publish high-quality research within the framework of the project, including co-authoring publications, data collection, quantitative analysis of data, designing, executing, and implementing surveys and experiments in India and Nigeria, conducting fieldwork interviews in India and Nigeria;
- assist in training and supervision of project-related research, such as data coding, collection, and analysis;
assist with administrative responsibilities related to the project, including coordination and organizational tasks such as the organization of workshops, deliverables such as ethics and data management, and dissemination of project findings in general audience venues;
- be affiliated with and take an active part in the research environment at the AISSR, including project group meetings, PETGOV research seminars, the Amsterdam Center for Conflict Studies, among others.
- € 3.371 gross per month
- holiday allowance and a year-end bonus.
The candidates should meet the following requirements:
- A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in political science or closely related discipline;
- excellent publication record (i.e. publications in highly-ranked international journals) or demonstrated potential thereof;
- research expertise in the politics of the developing world, in particular on political violence or electoral politics;
- excellent command of quantitative research methods, including survey research, experimental methods, and spatial data analysis;
- experience designing and implementing surveys;
- excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- independent thinking and critical analytical skills;
- expertise in South Asian or West African politics;
- excellent oral and written communication skills in Bengali, Hindi, Pidgin English, or a Nigerian local language;
- expertise in qualitative methodology
- the ability to collaborate with a team.
Applicants are to submit the following four documents as PDF files:
- Curriculum Vita ;
- a two-page cover letter that outlines applicants preparation and motivation for the position;
- the contact details of two academic references;
- one published article or other writing samples.
Application Deadline: December 4, 2020
For more information and application, visit the official site.