Two Full Professorships in Sociology at SNS

The Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) invites expressions of interest from qualified scholars in the field of Sociology, in view of the possible opening of positions in its Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali at the full professor level.

In particular we seek candidates with the following backgrounds:

  • Methodology of the social sciences, with a strong and pluralist profile in qualitative and quantitative methods, Qualitative Comparative Analysis as well as multimethods research designs.
  • Economic sociology, with particular attention to political economy within cross-national comparative analysis as well as attention to the international dynamics.

SNS looks for candidates with a proven record of achievements, a clear potential to promote and lead research activities and a specific interest in teaching at the graduate level to a small set of particularly skilled students.

English is the working language.

As a result of this enquiry, SNS will decide whether or not to fill a position, on the contract to offer or procedure to activate.

Expressions of interest, addressed to:

Prof. Mario Citroni
Preside dell’Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali
Scuola Normale Superiore
Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza degli Strozzi
50123 Firenze

can be sent by email to the address, writing EOI/SOC in the subject field.

Deadline for the receipt of applications: August 15th, 2015.

Applications (in Italian or English) should include a CV, a description of current research interests and all relevant information about the applicant. Working knowledge of Italian is appreciated but not required.

Two ERC-funded PhD Studentships in Politics/Social Science at the University of Exeter (Streatham Campus)

The PhDs are funded through a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC-STATORG) awarded to Principal Investigator (PI) Prof. Nicole Bolleyer. The five-year, interdisciplinary project addresses the following questions: Which regulatory frameworks are in place in 19 long-lived democracies to steer the behaviour of membership-based, voluntary organizations (e.g. parties, NGOs, interest groups, charities) (phase 1)? How do distinct regulatory frameworks affect the operation, evolution and survival of these voluntary organizations (phase 2)?

The two studentships are embedded in phase 2 of STATORG which studies the long-term evolution of parties, interest groups and charities formed post 1980 in a small number of long-lived democracies – qualitatively and quantitatively. The democracies will be characterized by different regulatory frameworks (e.g. funding regimes, allocation of tax benefits, regulation of legal recognition, election law, lobby regulation) to assess how different organizations adapt to their respective environment (e.g. in terms of organizational change, strategic adaptation).
The two PhD students can have backgrounds in various social science disciplines (e.g. politics, sociology, economics). They will contribute a) to a comparative study of developmental patterns of environmental groups, political parties and social policy organizations (through in-depth interviews and qualitative document analysis) and b) to a quantitative comparative analysis (using event history/survival analysis) on the features that affect organizations’ likelihood to survive. Next to the opportunity to write a PhD in the context of an ambitious, interdisciplinary project, there will be opportunities for all team members to co-author conference papers and academic publications, i.e. these posts will provide an excellent foundation for an academic career.

More information on this position can be found on this website

The International Post-Doc Initiative for female researchers, Technische Universität Berlin

Between 2013 and 2018 the International Post-Doc Initiative (IPODI) of the Technische Universität Berlin awards 21+2 two-year fellowships to international female researchers in three internationally open calls. IPODI is part of an initiative (Wissenschaftlerinnen an die Spitze) that aims at increasing the number of women in leadership positions. IPODI addresses outstanding female researchers regardless of their nationality or age and is open to applications from all fields of research represented at the TU Berlin.

The second call for applications is open until 15 December 2014. A further call for applications will follow in 2015.

IPODI has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 600209 (Marie Curie Co-funding of Regional, National, and International Programmes).

The call is open between 15 September and 15 December.

– Applicants must have at least two and not more than ten years of research experience after obtaining their doctoral degree.
– Applicants must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the application deadline.
– The research proposal has to fit into one of the fields of research represented in the seven faculties of the TU Berlin.
– The research proposal has to be supported by a cooperating Professor at the TU Berlin.

The call can be found here:

2 research positions, University of Potsdam (Germany), sub-project of research group on international public administration

The University of Potsdam (Germany), Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, invites applications for two positions:

Academic Staff Members (Reference number: 113/2014)

Successful candidates will work for 26 hours per week and should be able to begin work on 1 June 2014. Both positions end on 31 May 2017. Remuneration is based on German pay grade 13 “TV-Länder”.

The positions are associated with the larger Research Group “International Public Administrations. The Emergence and Development of Administrative Patterns and their Effects on International Policy-Making”, which is funded by the DFG and coordinated by Professor Christoph Knill (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich). Successful candidates will contribute to the project “Who has a say? Extent, Variation and Determinants of Expert Authority of International Public Administrations”. The project analyzes to what extent and under what conditions international public administrations (secretariats of intergovernmental organizations) enjoy expert authority and how their expert authority varies and why. It focuses on the secretariats of the World Bank, FAO, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, OECD, OCHA, OHCHR and EU-ECHO and the issue area „Human Security“. Specific tasks include

Contributing to conceiving, preparing and implementing a survey among government officials in a stratified sample of 80 countries by means of computer-assisted telephone interviewing
Processing, cleaning and analyzing survey data by means of appropriate statistical procedures
Collecting data by means of a) literature and document analysis and b) semi-standardized interviews with staff in international public administrations and experts
Processing and coding of collected data
Contributing to analysis of research results and publications
Applications should either be emailed to Marion Dräger ( or by sent by post to Professor Andrea Liese, Chair of International Organizations and Public Policy, August-Bebel-Straße 89, 14482 Potsdam. Deadline: 07.04.2014.

More information

Complete Job Advertisement (includes detailed information on essential and desirable qualifications as well as on required application documents)
Summary of Research Project

EURIAS Fellowship Programme

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 14 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyons, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, EURIAS offers 36 fellowships (19 junior and 17 senior positions).

All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of € 26,000 for a junior fellow and € 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.


– Applications are submitted online via, where, you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, selection procedure, etc.
– The deadline for application is May 31st, 2011. Late applications will not be considered.