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Vacancy notice for a Research Technician (50%) – Digitization and Documentation Specialist Project “Representation and Democratic Resentment” (RepResent)

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    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
    Communication sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    16/09/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Brussels


The Department of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is hiring 1 half-time Research Technician (50%, 3 years) for the project “Representation and Democratic Resentment” (RepResent) funded via an Excellence of Science (EoS) programme from the FRS-FNRS and the FWO.

Synopsis of the project

Existing democracies are challenged by critics such as Trump, Brexiteers and populists claiming that democracy is not representative anymore. RepResent takes these claims serious by empirically examining the relationship between popular democratic resentment and the functioning of representation. Is representation failing? And, is democratic resentment driven by failing representation? Democratic representation consists of several dimensions, a substantive (policies), a procedural (institutions) and a symbolic dimension (feeling represented by representatives). Adequate representation entails there is congruence between the preferences of citizens and the actual policies, democratic procedures and representatives. RepResent is novel in the sense that it systematically compares citizens' views with elites' views, that it tackles all three dimensions at the same time to assess their individual contribution to democratic resentment, and that it does so in a dynamic over-time design. Concretely, RepResent examines the 2019 elections in Belgium, the campaign that precedes it and the term that follows. Its institutional structure makes Belgium a good, even a critical case. Using a large variety of methods all with a dynamic component and ranging from traditional panel surveys, over content analyses and experiments, to focus groups and interviews, RepResent aims to dig deep into one of the root causes of the widespread democratic resentment characterizing current politics.

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The monthly net income will vary according to the experience and family situation of the candidate. Additional social benefits (public transport, hospitalization coverage, sporting facilities, day care) are provided by the University.

The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is an equal opportunity employer.

Eligibility criteria

APPLICATIONS should include (in one single PDF document):

a copy of the passport/ID

a letter of motivation explaining the candidate’s general interest for the project

a full CV (including grades obtained for each study year, the title of your MA-thesis, and, when applicable, a list of publications, courses taken, and conference presentations)

Name, affiliation, email and phone number of two referees who can be contacted if necessary

The deadline for applications is 2 July 2018.

A telephone or face-to-face interview may be organized.

Please send the above documents electronically in one single PDF document to Professor Emilie van Haute (evhaute@ulb.ac.be)

Selection process

Job description

This is a call for applications for a half-time research technician for three years.

The Research Technician will become an active member of the research project “Representation and Democratic Resentment” (RepResent). The project offers a stimulating working environment in a dynamic and international research team. The project involves 5 research teams from the Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), KULeuven, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), and Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Additional comments

The Research Technician will be based at the Cevipol (ULB). They will have an office and relevant administrative support at ULB. They will be expected to contribute to collective work on the project. This involves:

To prepare the various datasets and inventories of reforms collected in the framework of the project, for online publication (cleaning, anonymization, translation)

To set up a user-friendly, online archival system accessible to a wide variety of publics, from international researchers to journalists, citizens, schools, elected representatives, etc.

To ensure a legal status and financial sustainability for an archival center within the 3 years

To offer methodological seminars on data management to the members of the team

To offer members of the team support in their application process for research funding regarding data management

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Offer Requirements

    Communication sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good
    FRENCH: Good



Holder of a master’s degree in information and communication technologies

Excellent grades and other signs of academic distinctions

Good command of dataset management and online archiving tools, and technical skills such as data scraping, text mining, statistical modelling, and computational linguistics


Specific Requirements

Good organizational and time management skills

Interest and/or expertise in Belgian politics, political parties, democracy, political participation and representation

Ability to work in a team

A good command of English, and French and/or Dutch (or willingness to improve one’s command of the other language during the scholarship)

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
The Department of Political Science - CEVIPOL
44 avenue Jeanne

EURAXESS offer ID: 309746


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