Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Democratic Politics

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose
The successful applicants will make a leading contribution as a Research Associate to the ERC Consolidator Grant project ‘Democracy under Threat: How Education can Save it’ (DEMED), led by Professor Anja Neundorf. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.
2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.
4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquial and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).
8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
9. Take the lead in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
10.Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
11.Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.
12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
14. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.
15. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1.Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)
A2. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject of any of the following fields: democracy, authoritarianism, comparative public opinion, and civic education.
A3. Very strong knowledge of the principles and methods of quantitative social science research and strong knowledge of R or/and Stata, including experience working with survey data.
A4. Knowledge of LaTeX

D1.Knowledge of Qualtrics
D2.Knowledge of Facebook Advertisement Manager


C1.Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
C2. Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.
C3. Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication.


E1.  Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2. A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
E3. Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E4. Experience in undertaking independent research
E5.Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

How to apply
As part of your application, please upload the following on the ‘Upload Application Documents’ page of the application form:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), briefly explaining your motivations for applying for the role, summarising your research interests, and how your research profile and agenda will contribute to the overall goals of the project (especially work package 3), including one or more of the suggested datasets or papers outlined in the DEMED research proposal. The details of the planned research are outlined here:
  • A research proposal (maximum 2 pages). You should further detail additional suggested contributions in the form of one or two research ideas in an accompanying research proposal.
  • A CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only).
  • Up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered due to their quality or relevance for the project. The 3 works should include at least one single-authored piece.

For information and enquires please contact [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £38,474 – £43,155 per annum.

This post is full time and fixed term for up to 18 Months

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing , including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University  .

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