The Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen is advertising a 3-years postdoctoral research fellow position to work on the project INSTAPARTY: Party Instability in Parliaments funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The successful applicant will work with an exciting international team of three renowned experts of party politics: Raimondas Ibenskas (lead investigator, University of Bergen), Sona Golder (Penn State University, PSU) and Allan Sikk (University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies). Women are encouraged to apply.
Research project description and duties:
INSTAPARTY examines party instability in parliaments in European democracies. It has three objectives: to map out diverse forms of instability, to explain why instability occurs, and to understand whether and how instability affects voter support of parties. The project aims to provide detailed information about each instance of party switching in eight European countries (Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Romania) and will establish the Observatory of Parliamentary Party Switches (OPPS) that records ongoing instability in a wider range of countries.
The postdoctoral research fellow is expected to collect qualitative data on party instability, especially in Italy, but also Poland and Romania, and potentially contribute to building the quantitative dataset on the patterns, explanations and consequences of party instability, including data collection for OPPS. He/she should also conduct the analyses using the data from the project and draft and publish research papers on the questions addressed by the project. She/he will also be involved in organizing the project events and dissemination of project findings.
For full details see the complete job announcement.
Your application must include:
- A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position (1-2 pages).
- A research proposal (1-2 pages) outlining the research that the applicant would like to conduct as part of the INSTAPARTY research project. This may include information about the research questions, theory, data and methods.
- The names and contact information for two reference persons.
- A list of a maximum of five publications to be considered in the assessment.
- A reference list including all works of a scientific nature (e.g., PhD-thesis, blogs, etc.).
- Transcripts and diplomas (or official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted).
- Relevant certificates/ references.
The applicant must hold a PhD in political science or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded before the actual start date of the position.
Closing date: August 19th, 2022.