Doctoral fellow

Last application date
Dec 31, 2019 11:47
PS03 - Department of Political Sciences
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Master Degree in social sciences (political sciences, sociology, innovation studies, economics, law, science and technology studies, or related fields)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Experience with qualitative, interpretive research design and/or mixed methods in political and policy analysis; experience with analytical approaches such as discourse analysis and network analysis is recommended Affinity with sustainable development, sustainability transitions, and circular economy Be able to function in an interdisciplinary research setting with natural scientists and engineers Verifiable writing and communication skills Good Dutch and/or German language skills are advantageous

Profile of the candidate


Research tasks include: literature review, methodology development, interviews, document analysis, case study analysis, focus groups, media analysis

Writing up research for publication in international journals, book chapters

Presentation of project results at national and international conferences

Participation in C-PlaNeT activities

OBJECTIVES: The research will analyze how the circular plastics economy is being developed in the EU and its member states, which interpretations of a circular plastics economy exists, whose definition dominates, why and how. On the basis of case studies, it will further investigate how these interpretations translate into particular transition policies for the plastics economy, how the governance of the circular plastics economy is taking shape in particular cases and which governance approaches can accelerate the transition to a circular plastics economy. The research will be done in close collaboration with ESR 5, 6 and 14.

PLANNED SECONDMENTS: Internship at the City of Ghent for a case study on the development of circular plastics policy in Flanders/Ghent (2 months); secondment with TU Berlin for a case study on the development of circular plastics policy in Germany/Berlin (6 months)

How to apply

Applicants need to complete an application form ( including: ​

A detailed CV listing education, work experience, publications, relevant other activities, … (Europass format obliged) Motivation: a) why you want to do a PhD?; b) why are you applying for this specific topic? A language certificate (IELTS min. 7, TOEFL internet-based min. 90 or similar level as proven by other tests), if available At least one recommendation letter (academic reference) Transcript(s) of previous academic records

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the CV):

Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken
English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.