29/07/2021
European Research Council

2021DILEUA76 PhD student position: Analyzing the cohesiveness of European societies with a network approach (1,0 fte)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    SociologyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/09/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Cerdanyola del Valles - Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ERC-2020-AdG 101020038

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The ERC-funded research project "A network science approach to social cohesion in European societies" (PATCHWORK) announces the recruitment of a pre-doctoral researcher. The project is located at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is affiliated with the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

The successful applicant will work within the interdisciplinary project and carry out their graduate studies in the university’s PhD program in Social and Cultural Anthropology, writing a doctoral thesis based on the data collected in the project. The successful applicant is offered the possibility to apply for a joint international doctorate.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended to another 3 years.

The candidate will preferably start in November 2021. The job location is in Bellaterra (Barcelona), but a remote start may be discussed if the COVID-19 situation requires this.

The Project

As European societies are becoming increasingly unequal, diverse, and polarised, concerns about their cohesion are growing. In this light, it is surprising that social cohesion research has almost entirely ignored one of its core dimensions: relationships. Broad acquaintanceship networks, which connect each individual to hundreds of others through both intimate and superficial relationships, have long been assumed to bind societies together and provide a sense of community and solidarity. Nonetheless, they have hardly been studied empirically due to the technical complexity of the comprehensive study of society-wide networks. This project will develop a ground-breaking, network-scientific approach to social cohesion. After designing a theoretical framework for the structural cohesion of societies, it

develops a new methodology to study structural cohesion empirically, hybridising two strands of network

research in an unprecedented way. The methodology will be implemented in a large-scale, cross-national European survey administered to representative samples of the populations.

The survey estimates are used to simulate society-wide networks, to explore resulting macro-level structures. These macro-level

structures are then used to specify agent-based models to study in more depth how broad acquaintanceship networks influence subjective manifestations of cohesion. For the first time, we will know how cohesive broad acquaintanceship networks are across categorical fault lines of citizenship, social class, religion, and political orientation for five societies, how real-life inter- and intragroup relationships cluster to form network constellations that expose individuals in unique ways to other social groups, and how these constellations shape subjective manifestations of cohesion such as tolerance, trust, and acceptance of diversity.

The PhD student will work within the PATCHWORK research project, under supervision of Dr. Miranda Lubbers. (S)he will have the following responsibilities:

• Conducting research (literature review, contribution to questionnaire design, statistical analysis of data, reporting results),

• Contributing to the project’s data collection (conducting pre- and pilot-tests, survey preparation, data cleaning and anonymization);

• Presenting results at national and international scientific conferences;

• A three-month academic visit to a foreign research institute related to the research;

• The research will result in high-quality, international scientific publications that will be used to write an article-based PhD dissertation;

• The PhD student will work in collaboration with Dr. Miranda Lubbers (PhD supervisor) and participate actively in the research group of the PATCHWORK project in collaboration with the other project members, including PhD students and Postdocs to be appointed. Furthermore (s)he will participate in regular group meetings;

• All team members contribute to intermediate and final reports and the academic part of the organization of meetings and conferences.

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

The candidate is expected to have:

• An MSc degree (or equivalent) in (quantitative) sociology, social science statistics, computational social sciences, network science, or a closely related field. To meet the general requirements for entry in a doctoral programme, the candidate must have completed a second-cycle degree (MA / MSc). If the degrees were obtained in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the candidate must have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS in university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master's level. For degrees obtained outside of the EHEA and other equivalences, please consult: https://www.uab.cat/web/study/phds/admission/admission-new-doctoral-studies-regulated-by-rd-99/2011-1345666996343.html

• Excellent academic credentials

• Solid training in quantitative research methods and statistical modeling

• Experience with statistical software for quantitative analysis (e.g., R)

• Advanced knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis

• Strong motivation to write a PhD thesis and to publish international articles

• Demonstrable interest in the topics associated with the project

• Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment

• Excellent teamwork skills

• Excellent academic writing skills

• Excellent command of English (spoken and written). Fluency must be demonstrated in the submitted documents as well as, for the candidates selected for the third stage, in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, integrity, pragmatism, and good communication skills

• Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality

Candidates can be of any nationality.

Benefits Financial conditions:

• a salary of 23.500€ gross annual (tuition fees included in the gross salarytuition fees included in the gross salary) based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)

• a position for four years (full time). Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training program is part of the agreement, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Doctoral Program of Social and Cultural Anthropology. The candidate can apply for a joint International doctorate, to obtain a title of two universities simultaneously.

• Social security (i.e., health and pension benefits), good secondary conditions, e.g., parental leave and flexible hours for work-family reconciliation.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is based on the Bellaterra Campus on the periphery of the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is a bustling metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, with a rich cultural life and a pleasant climate.

Evaluation criteria:

50% excellence of academic record based on curriculum and motivation letter, 20% quality of the writing sample, 30% interview and references

Selection process

The selection will be carried out in three stages:

1. Evaluation of motivation letter and CV (50)

2. Evaluation of writing sample (20)

3. Online interview and evaluation of references (30)

In the first stage, candidates will be assessed on the basis of the curriculum and motivation letter following the evaluation criteria. For shortlisted candidates, the writing sample will be assessed. Shortlisted candidates for stage 3 will be invited to an individual online interview in English, which further establishes the fit between the candidate and the position. Only candidates who fulfil the admission requirements in order to start a PhD at UAB, in relevant disciplines, at the time of application, will be considered.

Our selection procedure follows the European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

 

More Information

Benefits

Benefits Financial conditions:

• a salary of 23.500€ gross annual (tuition fees included in the gross salarytuition fees included in the gross salary) based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)

• a position for four years (full time). Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training program is part of the agreement, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Doctoral Program of Social and Cultural Anthropology. The candidate can apply for a joint International doctorate, to obtain a title of two universities simultaneously.

• Social security (i.e., health and pension benefits), good secondary conditions, e.g., parental leave and flexible hours for work-family reconciliation.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is based on the Bellaterra Campus on the periphery of the city of Barcelona. Barcelona is a bustling metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, with a rich cultural life and a pleasant climate.

Eligibility criteria

Evaluation criteria:

50% excellence of academic record based on curriculum and motivation letter, 20% quality of the writing sample, 30% interview and references

Selection process

 

Selection process

The selection will be carried out in three stages:

1. Evaluation of motivation letter and CV (50)

2. Evaluation of writing sample (20)

3. Online interview and evaluation of references (30)

In the first stage, candidates will be assessed on the basis of the curriculum and motivation letter following the evaluation criteria. For shortlisted candidates, the writing sample will be assessed. Shortlisted candidates for stage 3 will be invited to an individual online interview in English, which further establishes the fit between the candidate and the position. Only candidates who fulfil the admission requirements in order to start a PhD at UAB, in relevant disciplines, at the time of application, will be considered.

Our selection procedure follows the European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Additional comments

Reference Offer: 2021DILEUA76

Submit your application at: https://convocatoriesupac.uab.cat

You will find the bases of the call in the following link: https://tauler.seu.cat/pagDetall.do?idEdicte=314695&idens=11

Programme: H2020/ERC

Reference Number: ERC-2020-AdG 101020038

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Sociology: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

The candidate is expected to have:

• An MSc degree (or equivalent) in (quantitative) sociology, social science statistics, computational social sciences, network science, or a closely related field. To meet the general requirements for entry in a doctoral programme, the candidate must have completed a second-cycle degree (MA / MSc). If the degrees were obtained in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the candidate must have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS in university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master's level. For degrees obtained outside of the EHEA and other equivalences, please consult: https://www.uab.cat/web/study/phds/admission/admission-new-doctoral-studies-regulated-by-rd-99/2011-1345666996343.html

• Excellent academic credentials

• Solid training in quantitative research methods and statistical modeling

• Experience with statistical software for quantitative analysis (e.g., R)

• Advanced knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis

• Strong motivation to write a PhD thesis and to publish international articles

• Demonstrable interest in the topics associated with the project

• Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment

• Excellent teamwork skills

• Excellent academic writing skills

• Excellent command of English (spoken and written). Fluency must be demonstrated in the submitted documents as well as, for the candidates selected for the third stage, in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, integrity, pragmatism, and good communication skills

• Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality

Specific Requirements

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

The candidate is expected to have:

• An MSc degree (or equivalent) in (quantitative) sociology, social science statistics, computational social sciences, network science, or a closely related field. To meet the general requirements for entry in a doctoral programme, the candidate must have completed a second-cycle degree (MA / MSc). If the degrees were obtained in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the candidate must have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS in university studies, of which at least 60 must be at Master's level. For degrees obtained outside of the EHEA and other equivalences, please consult: https://www.uab.cat/web/study/phds/admission/admission-new-doctoral-studies-regulated-by-rd-99/2011-1345666996343.html

• Excellent academic credentials

• Solid training in quantitative research methods and statistical modeling

• Experience with statistical software for quantitative analysis (e.g., R)

• Advanced knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis

• Strong motivation to write a PhD thesis and to publish international articles

• Demonstrable interest in the topics associated with the project

• Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary, international environment

• Excellent teamwork skills

• Excellent academic writing skills

• Excellent command of English (spoken and written). Fluency must be demonstrated in the submitted documents as well as, for the candidates selected for the third stage, in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Professional attitude and conduct that includes organizational sensitivity, integrity, pragmatism, and good communication skills

• Independent thinking and a hands-on mentality

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Spain
Cerdanyola del Valles - Barcelona
08193
Campus Bellaterra - Edifici Rectorat

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