Advertisement for appointment of a Research Fellow Ref: V/RF/RSC/35/2019

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Migration Policy Centre (MPC)

Length of contract:

  • Full-time, two years, starting 01/01/20 or as soon as possible after this date. Subject to the availability of future funding, the contract can be furtherrenewed several times up to a total of 5 years (including the first contract period).

Title of the project:

  • MEDAM -Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration

Job description:

The Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM, conducts new research on some of the most pressing public policy issues related to asylum, migration and mobility in the European Union. To support MPC’swork on the MEDAMproject, we are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with strong quantitative skills and experience in cross-country analysis of public attitudesto migrationand/or public preferences for migration policies. The Research Fellowwill work with Professor Martin Ruhs (Deputy Director of the MPC) to analyse public attitudes and preferences for migration policies in selected countries in Europe and Africa.The Research Fellow will helpdesign, commission, and analysedata from new surveys of public policy attitudes (incl. conjoint survey experiments). The work will also involve a number of in-depth interviews with policymakers.
Project outputs will include academic publications, blog posts,and policy briefs.


  • Essential:
  • PhD in Political Science, Economicsor a related social science discipline;
  • Strong quantitative research skills, including sound knowledge of relevant statistical software such as Stata, ‘R’, etc.
  • Experience with designing and analysing surveys of public attitudes and/or public policy preferences (including survey experiments) ;
  • In-depth knowledge of research literature on determinants of public attitudes to migrants and/or public preferences for migration policies;
  • Academic working papers and/or publications on (issues related to) public attitudes and policy preferences vis-à-vis migrants and migration policies;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Desiderable:
  • Experience with conducting in-depth interviews with policy-makers;
  • Familiarity with recent public debates about migration and asylum policies in Europe and Africa;
  • Experience with engaging in public policy debates;


  • Fluent English in writing and speaking is required, knowledge of other languages is a plus.

Application deadlines:

  • The closing date for applications is 18 October 2019 at midnight (CEST). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early November.

Application procedure: Fill in the online application form and upload documents as requested. Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted..

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