The Centre for Political Science Research is an ambitious, vibrant and research-intensive centre with an extensive international network. It carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research and is conveniently located just outside Brussels. The centre has extensive expertise in studies on the relationships between citizens and their political system i.e. political engagement, political attitudes, and socialization. For more information on the centre, please visit: http://soc.kuleuven.be/centre-for-political-research.
The vacancy is linked to the research project ‘A Comparative Investigation into the Perceived Procedural Fairness of Decision-Making Methods and their Effect on Political Trust and Cooperative Behaviour’ funded by the Belgian Science Agency FWO. This project starts off from the observation that Western democracies are going through a crisis of democratic legitimacy, and studies how democratic innovations could possibly restore the trust of citizens in politics (e.g. through more extensive participation in political decision-making processes). For more information, please visit: https://soc.kuleuven.be/centre-for-political-research/research/demoinnovation.
The successful candidate will be offered a fully funded position and the opportunity to pursue innovative doctoral research with outstanding supervision in one of Belgium’s leading research centres of political science. There are also opportunities to take up teaching responsibilities (though this is not required). Examination surveillance and attendance at study fairs for the Faculty of Social Sciences belong to the task. The vacancy is tenable for up to four years from 1 February 2017 onwards (flexible start date). We offer a stimulating working environment in a dynamic, internationally oriented interdisciplinary research team. We strongly invest in research training for PhD students, including summer schools, international conferences and research stays abroad.