Department: Department of Public Law & Governance
Scientific discipline: Public Administration (Public Governance)
Full time equivalent: 1.0 fte
Duration of employment agreement: 4 years
Monthly full time salary: €2,395 – €3,061 gross
We are looking for a Ph.D. candidate who is keen to study attempts at democratic revitalization in the Netherlands and abroad as part of a larger research project called REDRESS.
REDRESS project: Revitalizing Democracy for Resilient Societies
The Dutch Research Council (NWO), together with co-funding partners, has awarded € 2 million to the REDRESS (Revitalizing Democracy for Resilient Societies) consortium bid to the Dutch National Science Agenda (NWA). The REDRESS project looks at whether and how hybrid democratic innovations can strengthen representative democracy, under which conditions and with what effect. The REDRESS project connects comparative academic investigation to learning with and from democratic innovations in the Netherlands. The wider REDRESS consortium consists of interested public organizations (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, LSA Bewoners (network of residential groups), VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities), ProDemos (House for Democracy and the Rule of Law), Rathenau Institute, The Broker, WRR (Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy), and research institutions. The consortium is coordinated by Tilburg University (principal investigator prof Frank Hendriks), working closely together with Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, University of Twente and the SCP (Netherlands Institute for Social Research).
Existing research suggests various options for complementing plebiscitary instruments (such as referendums) with deliberative ingredients, but does not provide systematic insight into the feasibility of such hybrids in specific contexts such as the Dutch (‘polder’) model of governance. Your Ph.D. research will help to fill this gap and thus contribute to important debate, scientifically as well as societally.
You will perform a systemic review of existing cases, conduct additional in-depth and in-context analysis, and report on this in academically sound and transparent ways. You will collaborate with senior researchers (prof Frank Hendriks will act as your primary supervisor), two postdocs and three other Ph.D’s working in the REDRESS project. You will participate in courses of the Netherlands Institute of Governance and Tilburg Graduate Law School. You will also provide teaching assistance, in the usual ratio of about 20% teaching to 80% research, most likely the bachelor Public Administration (in Dutch) and the master Public Governance (in English). These specific degree programs include courses in the field of Politics and Public Administration as well as in research methodology (qualitative and quantitative).
- You have a master (MA/MSc) in Public Administration or in a related discipline directly relevant to the specific PhD-research project; completion of a Research Master is a plus;
- You have a clear interest in debates about democratic reform and innovation, combined with a solid understanding of real-life democratic models, including the Dutch (polder) model.
- You can perform qualitative comparative research, and you are able to engage with more quantitatively-oriented research as well;
- You have strong English language skills, especiallly in writing;
- You can communicate in Dutch with relevant stakeholders in the project; fluency in Dutch is a plus.
- You enjoy working independently, but also working in interconnected teams.
- You have good social, communication and interpersonal skills; talent for visual and social media outreach is a plus;
- You are committed to be an active member of the REDRESS team, and a good citizen of the PLG department.
Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment. We believe flexibility, development, and good employee benefits are very important. We make clear agreements on career paths and offer all kinds of facilities and schemes to maintain an optimum balance between work and private life. Tilburg University fosters diversity and inclusion; that is why we pursue an active policy for inclusive teams where diverse talents can flourish.
The starting gross salary varies between €2,395 and €3,061 per month (full time) based on scale P of the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. Employees recruited from abroad may be eligible for the 30% tax facility – this means that 30% of your salary will be paid as a tax-free reimbursement.
Tilburg University offers you an employment agreement which will initially be for a fixed period of 16 months with a statutory probationary period of two months. After 12 months, an evaluation will take place. If the performance evaluation is positive, your employment agreement will be extended for the remaining period of 32 months.
You are entitled to a holiday allowance amounting to 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your gross yearly income. If you work 40 hours per week, you receive 41 days of paid recreational leave per year.
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Information and application
More information on the position can be obtained from Prof. Frank Hendriks, Professor of Comparative Governance and Principal Investigator of the NWA-REDRESS project, at 013-4662128 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please apply for this position online before May 24, 2021. Address your application and motivation letter to prof. dr. Frank Hendriks (detailing how your prior experience aligns with the project), and add a resume (curriculum vitae); an abstract/excerpt of your master thesis and a transcript of your master grades; a minimum of two references (including name, telephone number and email address). We only approach referees for candidates who make it to the second selection round.
Selection interviews take place on June 9 or 15, 2021.
The selection committee consists of:
- Prof. dr. Frank Hendriks, Chair of the selection committee
- Dr. Merlijn van Hulst member of the selection committee
- Dr. Eva Wolf, member of the selection committee
- Dr. Ank Michels, member of the selection committee
Ideally, the preferred candidate would be able to start in September, 2021.
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