Postdoctoral Position – Research Area: migration and collective mobilisation


Postdoctoral Position
Research Area: migration and collective mobilisation
Place: CREST/ENSAE, France
General Information
CREST/ENSAE is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to participate in the project MOBILISE (http://mobiliseproject.com).

This is a full-time position for a 24-month period (with a possibility for a 12-month extension) and remuneration of 2400 euros per month. The starting date for the contract is May 1st, 2019 (or the earliest there-after). The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Department of Quantitative Sociology at CREST/ENSAE (http://crest.science/) and will work under the supervision of Sorana Toma.

Applications are to be submitted by March 22nd, 2019, before midnight Paris time. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in April 2019.

Project MOBILISE
MOBILISE: Determinants of ‘Mobilisation’ at Home and Abroad: Analysing the Micro- Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest.

MOBILISE asks: When there is discontent, why do some people protest while others cross borders? Connecting theoretical expectations from the migration and protest literatures, the project examines: a) whether similar factors drive the choice to migrate and/or protest at the individual level; b) how context affects this mobilisation; c) whether these choices are independent of each other or mutually reinforcing/ undermining.

MOBILISE employs a multi-method (nationally representative face-to-face panel surveys, online migrant surveys, protest participant surveys, focus groups, life-history interviews, social media analysis) and a multi-sited research design. The project covers Ukraine, Poland, Morocco and Brazil, which have recently witnessed large-scale emigration and protests. It follows migrants from these countries to Germany, the UK and Spain.

The project is funded through the Open Research Area Scheme with direct support of the ANR in France, the DFG in Germany, the NWO in the Netherlands and the ESRC in the UK. The team consists of sociologists and political scientists who specialize in the study of migration and collective mobilisation: Sorana Toma at CREST/ENSAE, France; Jacquelien Van Stekelenburg at Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands; Olga Onuch at University of Manchester, UK; Gwendolyn Sasse at University of Oxford, UK, and at ZOiS, Germany.

Responsibilities and Skills
The PostDoc will be expected to:

  • Contribute to the development and management of the project, by directly supporting the PIs of MOBILISE;
  • Assist in the organization and analysis of different types of data generated by the project employing mixed methods (and using software such as STATA and NViVo);
  • Supervise and contribute to the collection and cleaning of quantitative data (social media scraping and panel surveys conducted by survey companies);
  • Coordinate a qualitative field work in Spain, with the support of research assistants;
  • Prepare and present project findings at conferences, workshops, seminars and public engagements;
  • Contribute to the co-production of different types of publications (scientific articles, reports, media contributions and policy briefs);
  • Collaborate with other members of the research team and participate in team meetings in Paris, Oxford, Manchester, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Essential Skills

  1. Doctorate (obtained or expected) in Political Science, Sociology, or related field in social sciences;
  2. Very good knowledge of quantitative methodologies (intermediate or advanced level);
  3. Experience working with quantitative data to perform intermediate level analyses using statistical software (such as: Stata, R, SPSS);
  4. A good foundation in qualitative research methodologies;
  5. Some experience in collecting and analysing qualitative data;
  6. Excellent command of English, both oral and written;
  7. Effective liaison with research participants;
  8. A good understanding of research ethics;
  9. Ability to travel for qualitative fieldwork abroad;
  10. Ability to work independently;
  11. Ability to work collaboratively within a team;
  12. Ability to maintain and organize project materials and files;
  13. Experience in the organization and effective management of the workload while respecting deadlines;
  14. Ability to communicate effectively and present research results to a range of audiences;
  15. Willingness to expand own research repertoire.

Desired skills

  • An interest in the study of migration and / or protest;
  • Knowledge or interest in one of the project countries;
  • Basic skills in French and / or Portuguese and / or Spanish;
  • Knowledge of social media analysis methods and software (such as Python);
  • Experience in using qualitative data analysis software (such as NVivo);
  • Experience in applying mixed methods combining quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Publications in the area of the research project and/or applying relevant research methodology.

Dossier de candidature
The application takes the form of a single file in pdf format titled “NAME_FirstName.pdf” (with the name and surname of the candidate), and includes in this order:

  1. A motivation letter outlining the fit of the candidate’s profile with the position and detailing research and fieldwork experiences;
  2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  3. A copy of the doctoral degree or letter confirming the successful defense of the PhD for recent PhDs;
  4. A writing sample (article, working paper, or chapter);
  5. The contact details of two academic referees.

Applications are to be emailed to Olga Onuch (olga.onuch@manchester.ac.uk) before midnight Paris time on March 22nd, 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in April 2019.

For questions, please contact Dr. Olga Onuch (olga.onuch@manchester.ac.uk) (or Dr Sorana Toma (sorana.toma@ensae.fr)).