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Research Associate

University of Glasgow - College of Social Sciences

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £35,845 to £40,322 per annum (pro-rata)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th June 2020
Closes: 16th July 2020
Job Ref: 038032

School of Social & Political Science

The School of Social and Political Science at the University of Glasgow is planning to recruit 1-2 excellent social scientists with a background from Political Science or closely related fields such as Economics, Edu-cation or Sociology. The successful applicants will make a leading contribution as a Postdoctoral Fellow to the ERC Consolidator Grant project 'Democracy under Threat: How Education can Save it' (DEMED), work-ing directly with the project leader Professor Anja Neundorf. The successful candidate will also be ex-pected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

DEMED is to introduce a new paradigm to study the process of democratisation and autocratisation, answering two main research questions: 1) What is the origin of popular demand for democracy or autocracy? And 2) What are the solutions to build more resilient democratic societies? To answer the second question, DEMED will research the impact of civic education programmes, delivered online through social media. The study will have a global perspective with some in-depth case study of Turkey.

We encourage applicants to read about DEMED and the project team in the project proposalavailable here:

This post is full time and fixed term with funding up to 2 years (option for extension).

Qualifications & Skills

Candidates should have a PhD (or be close to graduation) and have a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject of any of the following fields: democracy, authoritarianism, civic education, social media research, comparative public opinion, indoctrination, or Turkish politics. Furthermore, very good knowledge of the principles and methods of quantitative social science research and sufficient knowledge of R or Stata is required.

We offer

  • Budget for travel and research assistance
  • An internationally leading research team
  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment
  • Glasgow's high-quality of living and rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The candidate should, in the cover letter (maximum 2 pages), briefly explain how his/her research profile and agenda will contribute to the overall goals of the project outlined in the DEMED research proposal (link above).

The application must include all of the following items:

  • A cover letter (max 2 pages, incl. statement of motivation, summarizing research interests, and how applicant will contribute to DEMED)
  • A CV
  • A complete list of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only).
  • List of reference persons: 2 or 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). References will only be requested from short-listed candidates.

Interviews will be held in in the last week of July. The position will be awarded from 1st September 2020 or soon after. Remote working will be possible if necessary.

Informal Enquiries should be directed to Professor Anja Neundorf, email address:

To find out more about the project please visit

For more information and to apply online: Click here

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