Full-time Academic Position in Political Science
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Brussels, Belgium  
3 dagen geleden
source : Academic Media Group International AB


Reference : 2021 / A064

Application deadline : 30 / 04 / 2021

Start date : 01 / 10 / 2021

Job description

Area of Research : Political science : (Digital) political communication

The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) seeks to recruit a full-time academic staff member in political science, with a focus on (digital) political communication.

Founded in 1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles is located at the heart of Europe. Multicultural, international and committed, it is characterized by groundbreaking research and high teaching standards for more than 30.000 students.

The Department of political science is part of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences (). The Department currently has 21 permanent full-time academic staff members working in all fields of political science.

Its researchers are involved in high level research centers, and their works are internationally recognized.

The qualified candidate will hold a PhD at the time of the recruitment. She / He will display an excellent scientific record, have an international profile and teaching experience in higher education.

She / He will offer a teaching and research programme in political communication, with a specific focus on digital politics.

In terms of teaching, the qualified candidate is expected to teach courses in the Bachelor and Master programmes organized by the Department of political science, with a specific focus on the Master programmes in 60 credits.

She / he will display an ability to lead a pedagogical team and is expected to be able to teach both in French and in English within three years following the appointment.

The teaching activities will include courses in the field of political communication as well as methods courses, especially initiation to quantitative analysis.

Furthermore, a specialization in an area study that would be complementary to the existing expertise in the Department (for instance but not exclusively, North America) will be evaluated as an asset.

In terms of research, the qualified candidate will conduct research in close collaboration with members of the Department of political science and will be primarily based in one of the research centers of the Faculty of Philosophy and social sciences (https : / / phisoc.

ulb.be / fr / centres-de-recherche). She / He will display leadership in research at the international level. It will translate into regular publications in top-ranked journals and publishing houses.

She / He will develop research projects for submission to internal and external funding agencies (FNRS, Regions, EU). It is also expected that the qualified candidate supervises PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers.

Courses covered at the time of recruitment :

The full teaching load includes four teaching tasks (each of 24h during one semester) as well as the supervision of master theses and final dissertations as promoter or reader.

The teaching load is subject to adaptations based on the resources and needs of the Department. The qualified candidate is also expected to invest in administrative tasks related to teaching and research.

The teaching load will be progressively assigned over the course of the first three years.

At the time of recruitment, the qualified candidate will be invited to create two new courses :

  • Digital politics : the course will focus for instance on online political participation; the impact of digital technologies on the transformations of public opinion, campaigns and parties;
  • the development of big data, data mining and micro-targeting and its consequences; cybersurveillance and cybersecurity; whistleblowers.

  • Political marketing and communication : the course will focus for instance on the principles of marketing applied to politics;
  • the impact of political marketing on the behaviour of parties and elected representatives; the political communication of the elites and its reception by citizens;
  • the transformation of electoral campaigns and the normative implications of these transformations.

    A third course will be added during the second year, and a fourth course during the third year. These courses will be taught in French.

  • One will be included in the programme of Bachelor in political science and will focus on an introduction to quantitative analysis (initiation to R);
  • the other one will be included in the evening programme.

    The qualified candidate will be appointed as Associate professor. Depending on the background, the candidate will be appointed with tenure or a tenure-track of 5 years maximum.

    Qualifications required :

    PhD Degree (with doctoral thesis) in political science or equivalent

    Skills required

  • Applicants should have at least 4 years of research experience at the time of their recruitment.
  • Applicants should demonstrate their scientific expertise in the field of political communication, as well as skills in quantitative methods.
  • Post-doctoral experience and an excellent scientific record are a plus.
  • Exchange periods outside of the applicants’ home institution (during or after their PhD) will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications.
  • Applicants should have a teaching experience in higher education.
  • Applicants who do not speak French (level C1) may be granted a period of adaptation, but they must be able to teach in French at the end of the third year following their appointment.
  • Applicants should be able to publish their research and teach in English (level B2).
  • Applicants are expected to have some experience in submitting and obtaining research projects as promoter or collaborator.
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