TWO POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University

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    Jagiellonian University
    Communication sciences
    Cultural studies
    Political sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    16/08/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Kraków


The Rector of the Jagiellonian University announces a call for two positions of POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in a group of researchers at the Faculty of International and Political Studies in the fields of political and administrative science, security science, sociological science or social communication and media science.

The call is open to persons who meet the following qualification criteria:

1) hold at minimum a doctoral degree,

2) take an active part in scientific life.

3) have relevant scientific achievements.

The positions are offered at the Global Trends Lab and shall fit into one of the two research topics described below:

(1) Liberal democracy in the era of post-truth. Challenges for societies, states, and international relations. The aim of the proposed research should be to capture the changes that contemporary democratic systems are undergoing, as well as to represent them in the context of the development of new and emerging technologies and of the impact of certain processes, such as the spread of disinformation, fake news, and conspiracy theories, on the current socio-political and economic changes at the level of the state and of the international system. Technological development — in areas that include artificial intelligence, methods of communication, biotechnology, monitoring of citizens' behavior, among others — brings changes to the functioning of societies, affects the transformations occurring in the organization of democratic process (E-democracy) at the local, national, and supranational levels. These processes also affect how states behave and how the international system operates. New and emerging technologies can lead to violations of the value systems that contemporary societies base their democratic social order on, leading to a violation of trust in fellow citizens, and to enabling an increased latent influence on the democratic processes. The proposed projects may also address the issues of how these processes contribute to the increased contestation of institutions at the supranational level as well as within states, and to a lack of trust in experts, politicians, journalists, and the media. The proposed research should comply with the 4I principle and be interdisciplinary, innovative, and contribute to internationalization and integration with the external environment.

(2) New technologies. Opportunities and threats to international security. The proposed research should aim to capture the impact of new and emerging technologies on political processes, international relations, and security. Technological development in the areas of artificial intelligence, methods of communication, biotechnology, and others, brings changes in the functioning of the international system, the behavior of states and societies. While technological development is beneficial to mankind, it is also a source of new threats. Technological progress affects international security, changes the contemporary international order and the balance of power on the global scene. In this aspect, the following areas can be analyzed: (1) the impact of technological development on the conditions and the geopolitical situation in individual regions, on the competition between states, as well as on modern forms and instruments of increasing the sphere of influence in the world and building the position of a superpower; (2) the development of new and emerging technologies and their impact on the mechanisms of globalization, its determinants and political, social, economic, and spatial consequences, as well as new approaches and methods of managing new technologies at the global level; (3) what new forms of threats arise from the development of new and emerging technologies and how these phenomena affect social, political, and legal processes, security and international relations; what impact new technologies have on the future and ethics of wars and armed conflicts.

The full offer announcement here: https://praca.bip.uj.edu.pl/documents/145868730/148269987/IDUB+konkurs+W...


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We offer:

1. The offered remuneration includes base salary and an allowance.

2. A fixed-term employment contract of 30 months.

3. The candidate will be granted access to the research fund under the Global Trends Lab (in the amount of PLN 100,000 for 30 months, billed annually). Costs eligible under the fund may include, in particular: travel for the purpose of research, participation in conferences and workshops, purchasing equipment and software, and preparing publications.

More information: https://en.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/staff/staff-benefits/office

The Jagiellonian University does not provide housing.


Selection process

Applicants shall send the following documents by e-mail to the address: globaltrendslab@uj.edu.pl

1. a one-page cover letter,

2. a resume containing information on completed education, internships, academic and non-university professional experience, language proficiency, social trust activities, and other qualifications,

3. a copy of a doctoral diploma or a habilitation diploma, if applicable,

4. information on the candidate’s research, teaching, and organizational achievements,

5. a list of publications (including the publisher and number of pages),

6. reviews of a doctoral dissertation or habilitation thesis, if applicable,

7. two sample publications in which the candidate is the main author,

8. a document of the last periodic evaluation of the candidate from their previous workplace, containing information about the candidate's predispositions and qualifications for scientific work, if the candidate has undergone such an evaluation,

9. two recommendation letters authored by scientists with whom the candidate has conducted international cooperation,

10. a copy of a certificate of fluency in English (with the exception of people for whom English is the mother tongue or if the language of instruction during academic education was English — please provide a copy of the diploma with the language of instruction indicated). Please include the results of the relevant tests of English skill with your application. These English language tests should be taken within the last two years,

11. a research project (project description up to 7 standard pages with a bibliography),

12. a completed personal information form concerning the applicant,

13. a declaration that the Jagiellonian University will be the primary place of work in the event of the candidate being employed,

14. a representation pursuant to Article 113 of the Law on Higher Education and Science,

15. a declaration of the knowledge and acceptance of the principles of intellectual property management and the principles of commercialization of the Jagiellonian University,

16. information on the processing of personal data.

Templates of documents set out under items 12–16 can be downloaded at: http://www.dso.uj.edu.pl/-nauczyciele (as per template) http://www.dso.uj.edu.pl/druki-do-pobrania/dokumenty-dla-kandydatow-prac...

Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview, during which the candidate will be asked to present a multimedia presentation on their proposal of a research project.

Additional comments

For more information on this call, please contact: Dr hab. Magdalena Góra, head of the Global Trends Lab, FutureSoc PRA, Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, E-mail: mm.gora@uj.edu.pl


Call commencement date: 14 July 2021

Deadline for submitting applications: 16 August 2021

The call will be resolved no later than 31 October 2021

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


Ideally, the candidate should meet the following criteria:

1. is a researcher with a doctoral degree in one of the academic fields that cooperate with PRAs (https://futuresoc.id.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/about-us), obtained in a country other than Poland; OR, if the candidate has a doctoral degree awarded in Poland, they will be deemed to meet the prerequisites for application, if, after obtaining the doctoral degree, they were employed as a researcher or research lecturer at a foreign university, foreign research institute, foreign research center, international science institute, or other foreign science institution for a minimum of 3 years; or completed a postdoctoral fellowship (post-doc) at a foreign university, foreign research institute, foreign research center, international science institute, or other foreign science institution,

2. has authored at minimum two publications as the main author (especially as the first or the corresponding author) in a journal included in one of the international databases: Scopus, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, especially with a high Impact Factor, or is the author of a reviewed scientific monograph,

3. has experience in organizational and project work (has been a project manager, main contractor, or co-contractor), in particular in the implementation of international projects financed using external sources,

4. has documented fluency in English. If English is not the applicant's native language or if the language of instruction in the course of their academic education was not English, it is necessary to present an English fluency certificate at the C1 level (in accordance with the Council of Europe Level: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages),

5. has experience in popularizing science and innovative education,

6. has experience in cooperation within the socio-economic environment.

Specific Requirements


1. implementation of a research project, in cooperation with GTL / Faculty employees. The project submitted as part of application should clearly indicate the following: the relationship with the research topic indicated in the call, the project objectives, the research methodology and work schedule, the planned project results, the forms of dissemination of results (including cooperation within the socio-economic environment), the project's importance for the areas of interest of the Global Trends Lab and FutureSoc PRA (https://futuresoc.id.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/gtl) and the rationale for applying the 4I rule, as well as a bibliography (project description up to 7 standard pages with a bibliography).

2. submission of at minimum two publications to high-scoring journals from the list of the Ministry of Education and Science (https://listymnisw.pl/full.php),

3. submission of a research grant to an external institution (alone or in cooperation with other researchers),

4. active contribution to the activities, priorities and mission of PRAs and the Faculty by popularizing research among a wider audience, e.g., through participation in seminars, preparing lectures and contributing to the scientific exchange at Global Trends Lab, FutureSoc PRA, and the University to improve scientific excellence, develop research areas, and promote the building of an interdisciplinary community that generates new ideas.

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