29/07/2021

2021DILEUA77 Postdoctoral position for a period of three years (full time)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    SociologyOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • 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

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Job position

We are seeking a candidate for a postdoctoral position for a period of three years (full time) within an international, interdisciplinary consortium that aims to understand how polarization between groups in Europe can be overcome through the use of normative interventions in people’s networks. The project is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and is led by researchers from 4 countries: Prof. Oliver Christ (FernUniversität in Hagen), Dr. Marcin Bukowski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Dr. Miranda Lubbers (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Dr. Eva Jaspers (Utrecht University) and Prof. Maarten van Zalk (Osnabrück University). Three Postdocs and two PhD students will be appointed simultaneously across all countries. The team’s competencies guarantee a genuine interdisciplinary approach, bridging social, political, and developmental psychology with sociological perspectives and network methodologies.

The position at the Autonomous University of Barcelona will be affiliated with the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. The successful applicant will carry out research within the interdisciplinary project and write international publications.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended with another 2 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

Many European societies have become increasingly divided and polarized, partly due to the financial crisis, migration related issues, and increased disinformation on social media. Evidence of widening cleavages and conflicts between groups can be found along multiple lines, such as ethnicity, social class, religion, sexual and political orientation. This polarization, broadly defined here as a process by which society is increasingly divided into groups with contrasting opinions, beliefs about social issues, and conflictual behaviour, often results in adverse feelings (e.g., dislike or hatred) and avoidance. In Europe, polarization is accompanied by serious societal and political challenges, such as the rise of populist leaders, growing anti-EU sentiments, and an increase in hate speech and hate crimes. Polarization hampers dealing effectively with the societal challenges Europe is facing and undermines democracy.

Despite much research on conflicts and intolerance between groups, few studies have examined how to reduce these pernicious consequences of polarization. This PhD position focuses on understanding how cooperation is hampered in networks consisting of opposing groups. Crossing group divides, by cooperating on joint problems, is crucial to maintain cohesive societies. However, knowledge is lacking how to improve intergroup relations in polarized contexts.

The proposed project investigates the role of so-called Inclusivity Norms to increase cooperation between groups. Prior studies have not examined the relational nature of inclusivity norms, that is how they are embedded in our networks of family, friends, and acquaintances, and how these norms diffuse in social networks. Prior research has also not examined whether norms can improve relations and increase cooperation between groups that oppose each other, and whether such improvements may hold across group divides (e.g., ethnic groups).

The interdisciplinary area of social network analysis has set clear antecedents in studying the diffusion of information and innovations in social networks, which we draw on to model norm transmission. Recent work on network interventions has integrated network models by targeting both social referents and complex social reinforcement over time. The research has shown that this approach can effectively decrease interpersonal conflicts in adolescence. However, little is known about the potential role of the social network structure in transmitting inclusivity norms in polarized networks, i.e., networks that contain opposing groups. Various methods of data collection can be part of this project, such as Agent Based Modelling (ABM) and (online) network experiments. A detailed description of the full project can be found http://ics-graduateschool.nl/phd-program .

The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the following responsibilities:

• Conduct qualitative fieldwork on political discussion networks in Catalonia, within the framework of the INCLUSIVITY project. This includes recruiting participants, conducting semi-structured interviews with them, transcribing and analysing interview materials;

• Contribute to the design of the cross-national survey;

• Supervise two research assistants during data collection and interview transcription;

• Publish high quality international scientific publications based on the results of this fieldwork;

• Present results at national and international scientific conferences;

• Work in close collaboration with Dr. Miranda Lubbers and the (inter)national partners, including a three-month research visit to one of the partner institutes;

• Active participation in the international INCLUSIVITY project group as well as in the local research group, including participation in regular team meetings.

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

Candidates can be of any nationality. The successful candidate is expected to have:

• A Doctorate in sociology, social psychology, anthropology, political science, or a closely related field. If you are nearly finished, please state the defense date (see “How to apply”).

• Excellent academic credentials

• Knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis, particularly personal networks

• Solid training and expertise in qualitative research methods

• Experience with software for qualitative analysis (e.g., Atlas.ti; NVIVO)

• Strong motivation to publish international top-quality 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 second stage, in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Excellent command of Spanish and/or Catalan (spoken). Fluency must be demonstrated in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Efforts to create connections between academic research and public and policy debates will be appreciated.

We are committed to building a diverse team. Therefore, we particularly invite candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, nationalities, and women.

Benefits Financial conditions:

• a salary of 38.200€ gross annual (average), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)

• a position for three years (full time). The 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.

• 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 and Spanish, which further establishes the fit between the candidate and the position. Only candidates who have a PhD in relevant disciplines, at the time of application or shortly after, 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 38.200€ gross annual (average), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)

• a position for three years (full time). The 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.

• 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 and Spanish, which further establishes the fit between the candidate and the position. Only candidates who have a PhD in relevant disciplines, at the time of application or shortly after, 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: 2021DILEUA77

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=314726&idens=11

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Sociology: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

Candidates can be of any nationality. The successful candidate is expected to have:

• A Doctorate in sociology, social psychology, anthropology, political science, or a closely related field. If you are nearly finished, please state the defense date (see “How to apply”).

• Excellent academic credentials

• Knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis, particularly personal networks

• Solid training and expertise in qualitative research methods

• Experience with software for qualitative analysis (e.g., Atlas.ti; NVIVO)

• Strong motivation to publish international top-quality 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 second stage, in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Excellent command of Spanish and/or Catalan (spoken). Fluency must be demonstrated in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Efforts to create connections between academic research and public and policy debates will be appreciated.

 

Specific Requirements

Job position requirements (skills/languages/required experience)

Candidates can be of any nationality. The successful candidate is expected to have:

• A Doctorate in sociology, social psychology, anthropology, political science, or a closely related field. If you are nearly finished, please state the defense date (see “How to apply”).

• Excellent academic credentials

• Knowledge and skills about Social Network Analysis, particularly personal networks

• Solid training and expertise in qualitative research methods

• Experience with software for qualitative analysis (e.g., Atlas.ti; NVIVO)

• Strong motivation to publish international top-quality 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 second stage, in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Excellent command of Spanish and/or Catalan (spoken). Fluency must be demonstrated in the interview. Optionally, language certificates can be sent along with the application.

• Efforts to create connections between academic research and public and policy debates will be appreciated.

 

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

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