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Postdoctoral Fellow: EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy (EU3D)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Political Science

Location: Copenhagen - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th June 2019
Closes: 5th August 2019

Application deadline: 5 August 2019. 

‘EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy’ (EU3D) - - is a new research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Directed from the University of Oslo, the project involves a consortium of ten institutions across Europe, among them the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The Department of Political Science at UCPH which co-directs EU3D Work Package 2 - ‘Problematic forms of EU internal differentiation’, has a project vacancy for a two-year Postdoctoral researcher starting on 1 February 2020.

Work package 2 (WP2) of EU3D is concerned with the identification and assessment of those forms of EU differentiation that are most closely associated with dominance. WP2’s research will seek to understand the sources of these forms of differentiation and place them into historical context. To that end, WP2 provides a diagnosis of the present post-crisis situation landscape of internal differentiation in the EU, and assess which of these forms is most closely associated with dominance.

WP2 is particularly interested in teasing out the extent to which crises (especially the Eurozone crisis and the refugee crises) have acted as ‘external differentiating shocks and/or the extent to which current types of differentiation have pre-crisis roots. More specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to work on the question of whether external shocks to the EU system have been generative of new forms of dominance within the EU, or whether recent crises have amplified aspects of illicit hierarchy within the EU structure. Of particular interest here are the role and sources of non-majoritarian forms of decision-making, their relationship to recent crises and/or their roots within European integration more broadly. The work will involve the analysis of a range of textual and interview sources.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the organization of a workshop in mid-2020. He or she will co-edit a special issue of the resulting papers and be expected to contribute peer-reviewed journal articles in key areas of WP2. He or she will also contribute to the wider work of EU3D, including participation in relevant workshops and conferences.


The position is aimed at applicants who have obtained their PhD in political science or a related field. 

The applicants should have proven research experience and academic publications in political science and/or cognate fields or. Furthermore, the applicants should have demonstrable expertise in one or several of the following areas: 

  • Comparative and/or international political economy, with an interest in the history of ideas and their institutional expression
  • EU studies, including the history and theory of European integration, EU institutions and governance
  • Qualitative (and, where relevant, quantitative) methods as applied to this project

The successful applicant will be based in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. For further details on the position and details on how to apply, please follow this  

The closing date for applications is 5 August 2019, 23.59 CET 

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