The doctoral student will be employed at the Center for Sociological Research (CeSO), Institute for Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO) of KU Leuven. The project is a collaboration between Prof. Cecil Meeusen, Prof. Bart Meuleman, Prof. Marc Swyngedouw, and Dr. Koen Abts. Website unit
The selected candidate is expected to prepare a PhD that fits within the research program on radicalization. This project analyses radical beliefs (such as feelings of superiority and rejection of others, perceived illegitimacy of traditional political authorities or conspiracy thinking), support for radical behaviour and voting behaviour among the majority population of Belgium. This project analyses how feelings of discomfort, perceived threat, and attitudes towards (the integration of) immigrants contribute to radicalization, as well as how radical ideas, in turn, influence voting behaviour. For this project, survey data were collected among a random sample of the Belgian majority population (N = 1600). This survey data can be enriched with new (digital and administrative) data sources. The data is to be analysed with advanced statistical methods.
The doctoral student is expected to formulate a PhD proposal that fits within this research agenda; perform innovative analyses on the survey data; enrich survey data with other data sources; and publish scientific articles based on the results. These tasks are performed in close collaboration with the supervisors and other researchers within the project. In addition, limited teaching-commitments (max. 10% on a yearly basis) are expected in the master’s degree program in Sociology (organizing lab sessions on quantitative methods for master’s students).
- You have obtained a master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline (sociology, political science, social science, social psychology, …). We welcome applicants who have just completed their degree or will graduate in the coming months.
- You can present excellent study results, whereby you have at least completed your academic study with distinction.
- You have an interest in and knowledge of research methods and techniques, whereby knowledge of quantitative research methods is a must.
- You possess a solid knowledge of statistical software (such as SPSS and/or R).
- You are willing to undergo additional training in the field of social statistics and social science methodology.
- You have a good knowledge of both English and Dutch or you are willing learn Dutch (the latter is necessary for the teaching tasks).
- Knowledge in the field of political sociology/social psychology is regarded as a plus.
- You are prepared for a (study) stay abroad.
- You have a talent to combine personal initiative with team spirit.
- You are quality-oriented, accurate, honest, creative, and collaborative and you can work efficiently.
- You possess an analytical mind, excellent communication skills and you have a fluent writing style.
- You take initiative to develop your own research project autonomously and complete it in time.
- A full-time position for a PhD fellow for 1 year, which is extended to a total of 4 years upon positive evaluation;
- A monthly grant of approximately 2000 euros net (dependent on family situation and work experience);
- Opportunities for further professional development (e.g., by taking additional courses, participating in workshops, seminars and conferences);
- A stimulating and demanding research context;
- An inspiring and challenging international and academic environment at a leading European research university;
- The intended start date is December 2021, but the start date is flexible to some extent after consultation with the supervisor.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Cecil Meeusen, tel.: +32 16 32 32 58, mail: email@example.com.You can apply for this job no later than October 08, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.