Netherlands: Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Science at Leiden University

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Job description:

The Institute of Political Science of Leiden University has 40 faculty members, including many non-Dutch scholars, consistently receives high peer-reviewed ratings of its teaching and research programs, and houses a number of editorships of international refereed journals. The Institute invites applications for a
Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “Authoritarianism 2.0”(1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 13-248

Duties and responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is taking part in the research project “Authoritarianism2.0: The Internet, Political Discussion, and Authoritarian Rule in China,” funded by the European Research Council (Starting Grant). In authoritarian regimes social media have often been described as ‘liberation technology’ that may potentially destabilize authoritarian rule. What is it about social media that mobilizes people to act, and what kind of social media, such as blogs or Twitter, are more influential than others? This five-year project investigates these questions in the context of China. Relying on qualitative and quantitative research methods, the project brings together a research team of one postdoctoral fellow and two PhD research assistants. Under the supervision of the principal investigator Daniela Stockmann, the postdoc will conduct research, writing, and organizational tasks.



The position requires a PhD in Political Science, Communication, Psychology, Sociology, Methodology, Chinese Studies, or a related discipline; thorough knowledge of social science research and data collection methods (qualitative and quantitative); strong skills in statistical analysis; and fluency in Chinese (Mandarin). Prior experience with fieldwork in China, survey development, experiments, or digital research methods are a plus. Position responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, collecting data as a member of a research team, analyzing data, contributing to scholarly publications and research reports based on results, maintaining research records, and aiding in conference organization. The successful candidate should be a team player and be able to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary, and multicultural environment.

Conditions of employment:

The position is fulltime with a preferred starting date of June 1, 2014. The researcher will be offered a two-year contract with the possibility of extension for up to four years under the terms of the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. Travel to China, conference travel, and further training is supported by the project.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Salary scale 11) € 3259, – per month gross, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. Leiden University is an equal opportunity employer.


Leiden University

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.
Leiden University is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Additional information:

Further enquiries can be directed to dr. Daniela Stockmann at

Deadline: 13, October,2103

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