MSCA Full-Time Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science and European Studies

MSCA Full-Time Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science and European Studies

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13 Jun 3 Jul Amsterdam

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Job description

We are looking for a PhD researcher on the topic "The politics of the untidy right: illiberal democracy as a contagious concept"

Do you enjoy:
  • Being part of a vibrant research community and of an international research project
  • Participating in academic exchanges
Then the job of PhD researcher for the project GEM DIAMOND at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is perfect for you as a Master of Political or Social Sciences

What are you going to do

This 3-year-long doctoral fellowship is offered as part of a specific collective project within a multiannual international research effort on Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism (GEM). This project, coordinated by the Institut d'études européennes (IEE) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), will assess the EU's capacity to act given the challenges facing Democratic Institutions, the rise of Alternative MOdels and mounting Normative Dissensus (DIAMOND).

GEM-DIAMOND is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action - Doctoral Network (MSCA-DN) involving 7 European and 4 international degree-awarding Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) alongside 6 well-established non-academic institutions. The project will hire and train 16 doctoral fellows to help address knowledge gaps associated with the growing normative tensions undermining multilateral and democratic practice. Four of the 16 doctoral fellows will be based at the University of Amsterdam, three of whom at the Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty.

The goal of the research project (ESR7 within working package 2, Unpacking actors of dissensus) is to map the network of actors of dissensus as each one will work on a specific type of actor.

Your specific project will focus on The politics of the untidy right: Illiberal democracy as a contagious concept and is in the fields of Political Science and European Studies

Within the three years allocated to the project you will execute your PhD research in close collaboration with the other Amsterdam project team members at the University and during two extended research stays at the ULB and GMF. Your research project will be supervised by Professor Sarah de Lange (UvA, co-supervisor) and Professor Nathalie Brack (ULB) and mentored by Dr D. Hegedus (GMG). It will lead to completion and publication of a PhD dissertation and a joint doctorate from the Universities of Amsterdam and ULB. You will participate in all collective research and training activities and submit to the program's regular joint evaluations. For further information on the research project and the tasks associated with it, see


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


The thought of doing PhD research makes you really enthusiastic and you do not shy away from the challenge of working with supervisors and a mentor in different (non-)academic institutions. You have experience with desk research and first ideas on how to combine it with empirical work and are ready to turn your findings in a consistent piece of academic writing. You understand that achieving such a project within three years asks for dedication and efficient self-management and you are good at that. At the same time, you are open in your communication with your supervisors so that the project gets all the support available.

In addition, you:
  • Have a Political or Social Sciences degree, master's level or equivalent; a research master will be an advantage - for ECTS requirements see the call;
  • Have experience with executing research with following methods of data collection and analysis: content analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative) and in-depth elite interviews
  • Be proficient in at least two European languages, including English
  • Be familiar with the literature on populist radical parties
  • preferably are in the first four years of your research career
  • have not yet been accepted for a PhD programme
  • fulfil the mobility requirements (no residence or activities in the Netherlands for more than 12 months cumulatively in the 3 years prior to October 2022.

Conditions of employment

At University of Amsterdam, your research will be carried out within the Social and Behavioral Science Department of UvA, under the guidance of Professor Sarah de Langue (co-supervisor) and with Professor Nathalie Brack (ULB, co-supervisor).

The faculty unites a diverse group of researchers and has a strong track-record of excellent research and sustains a dynamic research culture through a series of events and initiatives. Additionally, you will benefit from the collaboration in the international GEM DIAMOND network, including stays at the ULB and the GMF.

The position concerns temporary employment of 38 hours for a maximum term of 36 months. The initial employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of 24 months, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students.

Your salary will be € 2.443 gross per month in the first year , based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer
  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

About the faculty

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

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  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 9438


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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