The Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) - PhD position on EU post-crisis legitimacy (PLATO PhD)

  • Phd
  • Fully Funded
  • 31 January 2017

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (IHS) invites applications for two PhD fellowships on legitimacy crisis and parliamentary representation and European elections, respectively, as part of the PhD network ‘The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union’ (PLATO).
The Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) is an independent, non-profit research institute in Vienna (Austria). It brings together high-level expertise from various disciplines (economics, sociology, and political science, among others) to address fundamental economic and social problems and policy choices.
PLATO PhD network
PLATO is an EU-funded PhD network coordinated by Prof. Chris Lord at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. It unites nine university partners across Europe in recruiting a group of 15 excellent young researchers to do a common multi-disciplinary investigation of the EU’s post-crisis legitimacy, together with leading senior researchers.
PLATO will be a fully integrated, thematic research school with its own research question. The aim is to go beyond the state-of-the-art by building a theory of legitimacy crisis in the EU from a uniquely interdisciplinary understanding of how democracy, power, law, economies and societies all fit together with institutions within and beyond the state to affect the legitimacy of contemporary political order.
PLATO will offer state-of-the-art academic training as well as training in core professional skills, research leadership and entrepreneurship, and dissemination; a quality framework of supervision; work experience from the policy-advice, consulting or civil society sectors at European level; and professional individual career development.
The successful candidates will have to enroll in the PhD program Social Sciences at the University of Vienna. The work will result in a doctorate in political science.


Qualifications: Two important eligibility conditions apply to Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN):
▶ Candidates cannot have resided and carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 1 September 2017. If it is not evident from the application that this criterion is met, please include an explanation as part of your application.
▶ Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of her/his research career and not already be in the possession of a doctoral degree.
Further qualifications for the position:
▶ Master’s degree in political science, media studies, sociology, political (democratic) theory or a related social science discipline which includes at least two years of study at MA level and an MA thesis. The master’s thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a master’s degree.
▶ Strong academic record
▶ English language proficiency. If you are not a native English speaker, or if the language of instruction at your previous university was not English, we will ask you to provide evidence of strong English language skills. Please include English language test results in your application if this applies to you. Such tests should not be older than two years at the time of application.


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We offer
In addition to the benefits of taking a team PhD as part of PLATO, the IHS offers:
▶ Salary 2.052 Euro gross / month (14 times per year) plus 600 Euros mobility allowance
▶ In case the successful candidate comes with family (spouse and/or children), an additional family allowance will be offered.
▶ Academically stimulating working environment
▶ Vibrant, integrated and international research community
▶ Excellent pension benefits under the Austrian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
▶ Welfare benefits

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