Research Associate (post-doc) - International Migration and Public Policies – Reference No. RSC13/2018

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Migration Policy Centre

Length of contract:

  • Full-time, starting as soon as possible, until 30/04/19. Subject to the availability of future funding, the contract can be further renewed several times up to a total of 5 years (including the first contract period).

The basic net monthly salary after taxes is approx. 2,200 euro. More information about conditions of employment is available here.

Title of the project:

  • MEDAM – Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration

Job description:
The Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM, conducts new research on some of the most pressing public policy issues related to asylum, migration and mobility in the European Union. To support MPC’s work on the MEDAM project, we are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with strong quantitative skills and experience in cross-country analysis of issues related to asylum, migration and/or associated public policies. The selected candidate will become a “Research Associate” at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC). The Research Associate will work with Professor Martin Ruhs (Deputy Director of the MPC) to analyse the nature and determinants of political conflicts between EU member states about how to respond to the increased inflows of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in recent years. The project will specifically investigate the role of cross-country variations in national institutions (especially welfare states, labour markets, and related normative attitudes) in contributing to disagreements across EU countries about how to create more effective common policies in this area. The project will include quantitative analysis of large-scale datasets covering different EU member states as well as qualitative analysis including indepth interviews with policy-makers in selected EU countries. Project outputs will include academic publications, blog posts and policy briefs.



  • PhD in Politics, Social Policy, Economics or a related social science discipline;
  • Strong quantitative research skills;
  • Knowledge of research literature on determinants of public policies ;
  • Research experience in the political economy (broadly understood) of asylum/refugees, immigration, and/or related public policy issues;
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Experience with using qualitative research methods;
  • Knowledge of comparative welfare state literature;
  • Experience with comparative cross-country analysis;
  • Experience with engaging in public policy debates;


  • Fluent English in writing and speaking is required, knowledge of other languages is a plus

Application deadlines:

  • 4 April 2018

Application procedure: Fill in the online application form and upload documents including:

  • maximum two pages CV (including a list of publications, working papers, job market papers, etc.)
  • One academic paper, book chapter or policy report
  • Cover letter

Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted. Please quote in all correspondence the reference number: RSC13/2018

For further information see the vacancy notice.

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