Vacant position: Postdoctoral Researcher at the VU University Amsterdam


VU University Amsterdam is one of RECON's 19 partners. Dr. Ben Crum at the VU is the (co-)leader of RECONís research on Constitutional Politics (WP 2), and the university also takes part in RECON's research on Representation and Institutional Make-up (WP 3) and Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation (WP 9). The VU invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Science, specializing in democratic representation in the European Union.

1,0 fte for two years, vacancy number 1.2007.00245

Deadline for application: 17 September 2007

Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam

The VU aims to be inspiring, innovative and involved. It comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 18,000 students. The Department of Political Science is a vibrant, small, high quality department offering a full range of degree programmes in Political Science. These programmes integrate comparative politcs, European Union politics and international relations, while providing students with the opportunity to specialise within this broad context.


The Postdoctoral position has come available due to the departmentís participation in RECON - Reconstituting Democracy in Europe, a large-scale European research project supported by the European Commissionís Sixth Framework Programme for Research. The Postdoctoral researcher is expected to undertake research on the evolution of democratic and constitutional institutions in the European Union. In particular, she or he is expected to make a substantive contribution to the analysis of interparliamentary coordination between national parliaments and between them and the European Parliament on EU issues, drawing on, and developing, the theoretical notion of a 'Multilevel Parliamentary Field of the European Union' (central to RECON's work package 3, subproject 2, but with links to RECON's work package 2 and work package 9). This research is to lead to intermediate publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or edited volumes as they will be conceived within the RECON project.

Besides the research tasks, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the common tasks as they arise within the department and the project.


The applicants must hold (or soon hold) a doctorate in Political Science with a specialization in Political Theory or Comparative Politics and will preferably have an active research profile as evidenced by (refereed, international) publications. He or she has a strong affinity with normative political theory and is familiar with the field of comparative European politics (including the European Union). The candidate must be fluent in English.

Conditions and salary

The appointment is for a fixed 2-year term starting 1 December 2007, and will be in the rank of Postdoctoral Researcher. Gross montly salary ranges from Ä 2,279 to Ä 3,597 (salary scale 10), depending on experience. Salary scales are determined according to the collective rules of the Dutch universities. Read more on the working conditions at the VU.

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Those interested in applying for this position are requested to send a covering letter, a detailed resume, a list of publications, names and contact details of two referees, as well as any other information that may be relevant, no later than 17 September 2007. Write the vacancy number on the top left side of the letter and the envelope, or in the e-mail header.

Send the application to:    VU University Amsterdam
                                    Faculty of Social Sciences
                                    Attn. M. van Hunnik, Acting Managing Director
                                    Metropolitan Building
                                    De Boelelaan 1081-C
                                    NL-1081 HV Amsterdam
                                    The Netherlands

Or send the application by e-mail to:


For information please contact Dr. Ben Crum, tel. +31 (0)20 59 86852 (secr.)


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