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Research Fellow

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Location: Florence - Italy
Salary: €3,240
£2,881.66 converted salary* monthly salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th September 2019
Closes: 18th October 2019
Job Ref: V/RF/RSC/35/2019

The EUI has a vacancy for a Research Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Reference number: V/RF/RSC/35/2019 (please quote in all correspondence)

Department: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Migration Policy Centre (MPC)

Length of contract and % of full-time: Full-time, two years, starting 01/01/20 or as soon as possible after this date. 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).

Salary indication: The basic net monthly salary after taxes is approx. EUR 3,240. In addition to the basic net monthly salary, the Research Fellow may be entitled to receive various allowances, in particular: household allowance, expatriation allowance, dependent child allowance and education allowance. More information about conditions of employment is available here.

Director of project: Prof. Martin Ruhs

Title of 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 public attitudes to migration and/or public preferences for migration policies.

The Research Fellow will work with Professor Martin Ruhs (Deputy Director of the MPC) to analyse public attitudes and preferences for migration policies in selected countries in Europe and Africa. The Research Fellow will help design, commission, and analyse data from new surveys of public policy attitudes (incl. conjoint survey experiments). The work will also involve a number of in-depth interviews with policymakers.

Project outputs will include academic publications, blog posts, and policy briefs.

Place of work: Florence, Italy



  • PhD in Political Science, Economics or a related social science discipline
  • Strong quantitative research skills, including sound knowledge of relevant statistical software such as Stata, ‘R’, etc.
  • Experience with designing and analysing surveys of public attitudes and/or public policy preferences (including survey experiments)
  • In-depth knowledge of research literature on determinants of public attitudes to migrants and/or public preferences for migration policies
  • Academic working papers and/or publications on (issues related to) public attitudes and policy preferences vis-à-vis migrants and migration policies
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Experience with conducting in-depth interviews with policy-makers
  • Familiarity with recent public debates about migration and asylum policies in Europe and Africa
  • Experience with engaging in public policy debates

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

Contact details: For more information contact

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 18 October 2019 at midnight (CEST). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early November.

How to apply

Fill in the on line application form and upload documents as requested. The documents to be uploaded are:

  • Maximum three pages CV (including a list of publications, working papers, job market papers, etc.)
  • One academic paper, book chapter or policy report
  • Cover letter (2 pages max)
  • Names of two referees
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