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Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Science at PluriCourts

Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law, Pluricourts
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
Application Deadline: 26 January, 2017

Job Description

1-2 postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years in political science are available at PluriCourts, the multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

The postdoctoral researchers will contribute to PluriCourts’ research agenda, by studying the functioning, effects and legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs). We seek candidates with a background in judicial politics, international relations, comparative politics, political economy, public administration, or other relevant political science subfields. Previous experience with research on international courts is preferred, but not required. Perspectives originating in different political science subfields may fruitfully be applied to the study of ICs. Methodological skills (quantitative and/or qualitative) and comparative research designs are particularly valued.

Successful candidates will develop their own research agenda, in collaboration with colleagues at PluriCourts. Possible research topics include, but are not restricted to; 1) judicial independence and politicization of ICs, 2) compliance with and effectiveness of ICs’ decisions, 3) the effects of international judicialization on domestic politics, including redistribution of powers and resources between societal groups and actors, 4) judicial behavior and the impartiality of judges, 5) the selection and retention of judges, 6) the social legitimacy of international courts, 7) descriptive and substantive representation of men and women in ICs, and 8) interest group litigation and the role of law and courts as a legitimation strategy for achieving political goals.

The candidate may be assigned a 10% workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks.

 Qualifications and Personal Skills

The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Oslo during the project period and participate in common activities at the Centre, such as organizing workshops, contributing to seminars, co-authoring research publications, writing grant applications, etc.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the demonstrated ability of the applicant to conduct, publish and present high quality research at an international level. Furthermore, we will evaluate the quality of the project proposal, and how it contributes to PluriCourts’ research agenda.

Applicants must have received the doctoral degree prior to taking up the position.

Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • Salary based on salary NOK 486 100, - to 567 100,- pr. year ( salary level 57-65)
  • An academically stimulating working environment
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements
  • The city of Oslo – a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature


The electronic application should include:

  • A letter of application
  • A project proposal (maximum 3 pages) outlining how the applicant proposes to contribute to PluriCourts' research agenda
  • CV in English (maximum 2 pages) summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and any other qualifying activity
  • A complete list of published and unpublished works. If a co-authored work is included, the applicant's role must be made clear by a statement from the co-author.
  • The three most relevant published or unpublished works.
  • Contact details of at least two references from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited.

 The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 (Offentleglova), information about the applicant will be included in a list of applicants which will be made public, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained at here.

Six-month Postdoctoral Researcher for H2020 Project

University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
Application Deadline: 31 January, 2017

University College Dublin and the University of East Anglia at Norwich are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a short-term position working with the Horizon 2020-funded project, The Choice For Europe Since Maastricht: Member States’ Preferences for Economic and Fiscal Integration.

Project description
The euro area crisis demonstrated how weak economic policy coordination and loose fiscal oversight could destabilize a monetary union. To prevent the recurrence of such
crises, the EU and its member states determined to build ‘a deep and genuine economic and monetary union’ with reinforced governance structures. This multinational, 4-year
project analyzes a neglected aspect of EMU, namely the politics of economic and fiscal integration. To fill the gap, the preferences of member states with respect to different
models of fiscal union, and mechanisms of political consensus-building among memberstates, are studied in detail through mixed-method analysis. The consortium conducting this research is coordinated by the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS). It covers all regions of the EU and consists of eight distinguished political scientists and one legal scholar.

The overall project coordinators at SCEUS are Prof. Sonja Puntscher Riekmann and Ass.Prof. Dr. Fabio Wasserfallen.

We invite applications for one short-term postdoctoral position, of six months’ duration. The position is available from end-March 2017.

The postdoctoral researcher will be based in University College Dublin, and will work with Professor Niamh Hardiman (UCD) and Professor Hussein Kassim (UEA).

Niamh Hardiman is based in UCD School of Politics and International Relations and in UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy.
Further information about UCD SPIRe is here: http://www.ucd.ie/spire/
Further information about UCD Geary Institute is here: http://www.ucd.ie/geary/

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct research, together with the project team in Britain and Ireland, and in cooperation with other project partner members
  • Conduct interviews with key informants in Dublin, London, and Brussels
  • Engage in in-depth case-study research about the Irish and British cases
  • Contribute to data gathering and analysis with the project team in Britain and Ireland
  • Ensure, together with the project team, that project deliverables are completed on time and in accordance with project requirements
  • Publish in international academic journals together with members of the project team

Selection criteria
By the time the postdoctoral position starts, candidates must hold or be about to complete a PhD degree in political science or political economy.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates with substantive interest in the politics of preference formation, interests and conflicts, in European political
economy; strong analytical skills and data collection experience; experience in conducting qualitative interviews with elite informants. Excellent command of spoken
and written English is required. Good organizational skills, ability to keep to deadlines and to operate in a multicultural environment, are essential.
Interviews will be conducted in Ireland and Britain and in Brussels, so willingness to travel is essential.
Where the successful candidate does not have an entitlement to work in an EU country, they will be required to obtain this after the contract is offered.

Terms and Conditions
We offer a fixed-term postdoctoral position for a period of six months. The position is available from end-March 2017.
The salary is €33,975-€40,003 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31 January 2017.
Interviews will be held by Skype.

Applications must be submitted through the UCD online applications portal here: