12/03/2018
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ERC-Funded PhD position in educational sociology/education science

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Educational sciencesEducation
    SociologyEducational sociology
    SociologySocio-economic research
    SociologySociology of labour
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/06/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    03/09/2018
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ERC StG 714-641

OFFER DESCRIPTION

 1 PhD position on ERC-funded project TEACHERSCAREERS

(Educational Sociology, Education Science, Sociology of Labour and professions, Socio-Economy)

The Interdisciplinary Research Group in Socialisation, education and training (GIRSEF) based in the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), invites applications for  one doctoral fellow position to join the research project TeachersCareers, a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council which began in September 2017 (PI Pr. Xavier Dumay).

This project constitutes the first systematic comparative project in Europe aimed at understanding the changing nature of teacher policy, the evolving status of the teaching profession, and the increasing fragmentation of the labour markets for teachers and teachers’ careers. The study will be conducted in three national contexts (France, England, and French-speaking Belgium), in partnership with Oxford University, IREDU at the University of Burgundy, and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. ERC granted projects offer the opportunity to build up ambitious research teams addressing new and emerging fields that introduce unconventional and innovative approaches and research problems.

1. Responsibilities:

In the context of the TeachersCareers project, the PhD fellow will work with data collection and develop a PhD dissertation. The PhD fellow will be employed for 48 months full-time, ideally starting on September the 3rd  of 2018.

The PhD candidate will:

  • write a PhD on the institutional embeddedness of labour markets for teachers in differentiated state regimes and globalised governance;
  • conduct interviews with multiple stakeholders involved in the structuration of labour markets for teachers in Lyon and London (political authorities, union staff, headteachers, teachers);
  • conduct and analyse interviews with novice teachers having entered the teaching profession through alternative pathways (or not);
  • analyse interviews (and documents) both from a situated (case studies) and a transversal/comparative perspective;
  • disseminate the project results through research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and participation in national and international conferences.

2. Qualifications

Applicants must be in possession of a master’s degree in Education Sciences or Sociology, ideally with a research orientation.

They should 1) write and speak English fluently, and be ideally competent in French with a willingness to improve; 2) demonstrate experience in fieldwork-based research; 3) have a strong training background in qualitative methods; and 4) preferably demonstrate ability of independent thinking and writing through, for example, reports or peer-reviewed publications.

3. Applications:

Applicants should submit: a) a curriculum vitae, b) one writing sample (chapter of master thesis, scientific article, book chapter or similar), c) one motivation letter with, among other things, details regarding how the applicant meets the criteria for the position, d) a PhD project concept note (max. 1000 words), e) and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Applications should be sent to Christine Haas, ERC project manager (Christine.haas@uclouvain.be) before June 1st, 2018.  Skype or face-to-face interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in June 2018. In the subject of the email, please write: “TeachersCareers PhD position”.

About the project

Existing research indicates a crisis in the teacher supply in many countries, which reflects a decline in the relative social and economic status of the teaching profession. The teacher workforce tends to be diversified in terms of the paths for entering the profession (e.g. second-career teachers), contractual conditions and levels of qualification. The growing variation in teacher characteristics is reflected in the increasing fragmentation of the educational provision. High rates of teacher attrition are observed in all modern educational systems, particularly among novice teachers, who are more likely to be confronted with less favourable employment conditions.

In such a context, it is of fundamental importance to understand the occupational choices that teachers make in their careers and the role of institutional factors in determining the recruitment of teachers, their allocation across schools and their professional trajectories. This project will initiate a European research agenda by developing the first systematic comparison in Europe aimed at understanding the range of the institutional dimensions affecting the teaching profession and teachers’ careers, and provide a different, broader conceptualization of the evolutions affecting teachers’ careers and the teaching profession within more global transformations of education and employment systems.

The specific objectives are:

1. To explain the nature of the shifts in teacher policy over the last thirty years in different educational systems (Belgium, England and France) considering the role of the Europe and corresponding “discourse” on the teaching profession and the teachers’ careers (i.e. paradigm shift from teaching to learning, the human capital view on education, etc.).

2. To understand the evolution of the status of the teaching profession and its impact on the diversification of teacher supply in the three different national contexts.

3. To analyse the processes by which teachers (with different individual, social and institutional characteristics, and preferences) are allocated into increasingly diverse working and professional conditions and the extent to which the matching procedures vary in nature and intensity across the three systems.

4. To predict teachers’ attrition and migration within a common, but differentiated, multilevel framework as a function of the teachers’ individual objective and subjective characteristics, employment, working and organizational conditions and institutional dimensions.

Research environment

The pluridisciplinary (sociology, education sciences, psychology) research group GIRSEF was founded in 1998 at the Université catholique de Louvain. It is one of the biggest research centres on education and educational policy in Europe. The Girsef is organized in two research units: education policy and comparative education, and learning and instruction. With 12 tenured researchers and regular research seminars, the research unit on education policy and comparative education offers a vibrant environment for research and intellectual exchange.

Girsef is a research centre in UCL, a university with an international reputation in the fields of education and research that promotes the international mobility of people and knowledge in a privileged environment closed to the European capital. In the context of the TeachersCareers project sustained collaborations with Oxford University, the IREDU at the University of Burgundy and the ENS-Lyon will participate to the international environment of the research team.

More Information

Benefits

UCL is a research university and assumes its place in an international community based on the recognition of the excellence of its contributions to development and knowledge dissemination. UCL is ranked first among Belgian francophone universities. It is also one of Europe’s most well established universities, having been founded in 1425.

The net salary is 1,900 Euros per month. Belgium has a very extensive social security system.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be in possession of a master’s degree in Education Sciences or Sociology, ideally with a research orientation.

They should 1) write and speak English fluently, and be ideally competent in French with a willingness to improve; 2) demonstrate experience in fieldwork-based research; 3) have a strong training background in qualitative methods; and 4) preferably credit some ability of independent thinking and writing through, for example, reports or peer-reviewed publications.

Selection process

Applicants should submit: a) a curriculum vitae, b) one writing sample (chapter of master thesis, scientific article, book chapter or similar), c) one motivation letter with, among other things, details regarding how the applicant meets the criteria for the position, d) a PhD project concept note (max. 1000 words), e) and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Applications should be sent to Christine Haas, ERC project manager (Christine.haas@uclouvain.be) before June 1st, 2018.  Skype or face-to-face interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in June 2018. In the subject of the email, please write: “TeachersCareers PhD position”.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    SociologyEducational sociology
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Educational sciencesEducation
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Sociology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Educational sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    FRENCH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Applicants must be in possession of a master’s degree in Education Sciences or Sociology, ideally with a research orientation.

They should 1) write and speak English fluently, and be ideally competent in French with a willingness to improve; 2) demonstrate experience in fieldwork-based research; 3) have a strong training background in qualitative methods; and 4) preferably credit some ability of independent thinking and writing through, for example, reports or peer-reviewed publications.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université catholique de Louvain
Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve
B-1348
Place Montesquieu 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 288282

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