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.
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/
- 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
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: