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PhD position in political science at University of Oslo on themes related to research quality

R-QUEST (the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies) has obtained funding for 8 years from the Research Council of Norway to examine the nature and mechanisms of research quality. The Centre is a collaboration between six main research institutions, including Department of political science, University of Oslo; Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA), University of Aarhus; Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University; Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH- Royal Institute of Technology; Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), The University of Manchester; and Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education, NIFU.

A central aim of the centre is to develop policy tools for robust but flexible identification of research quality at all levels. Three key aims for the project include following:

  1. What is research quality? How are notions of research quality negotiated, established and practiced, and what are the mechanisms through which these notions affect policy?
  2. What are the drivers of high quality research, and what is the role of policy in developing outstanding research?
  3. What are the effects of high quality research on the society?

In conjunction with the project, the Department of Political Science at University of Oslo has announced a PhD position. Applicants must submit a project description of up to 3000 words, outlining a precise research topic, specific problems to be studied, sources of data to be used, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule that details how the project will be completed within the fellowship period. The R-QUEST project description should be consulted for information on e.g. available data sources.

Requirements: the applicant must have a Master’s degree in Political Science or a closely related discipline, with at least 30 ECTS thesis, demonstrate training in quantitative and qualitative methods as well as top grades and a high quality thesis. Read more about the requirements here.

Deadline for applicants: 31st of January

Read more about application requirements and procedures here. 




Call for applicants: Doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Western Cape

The University of Wester Cape in South Africa has announced 7 doctoral and 3 post-doctoral positions. The Institute for Post-School Studies (IPSS) is an institute at the University of Western Cape (UWC), located within the Faculty of Education. Relevant research, teaching and development activities across the three domains of the IPSS contribute towards growing the knowledge base on post-schooling particularly in Africa and globally.

The Doctoral degree is a three-year full-time research-intensive programme. Entry into the programme will be very competitive as it is a fully funded programme. A post-doctoral research fellowship is a 12-month contract that can be renewable for another period of 12 months. The position is a full-time research intensive fellowship in accordance with the regulations of the IPSS/UWC. The successful postdoctoral fellows would be expected to perform research within the scope of the projects and other related tasks assigned by the post-doctoral supervisor and academic mentor.

Eligibility: To qualify for Doctoral and Post-doctoral positions candidates must be African nationals and able to make a substantial contribution to teaching, research and publications in the field of higher education studies. The doctoral candidates must have completed the master’s degree at the time of their application. Read more about the specific eligibility criteria for the positions here (pdf)

Read more about the positions and the application procedure here (pdf)




Call for applicants: Post-doctoral position in higher education in South Africa

University_of_the_Free_State_logoThe University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning (DIRAP). Candidates interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in higher education, institutional research, student affairs, or higher education management, are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellow will participate in conceptualising a new research project into the institutional culture and student experience at the UFS. Ideally, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have an interest and expertise in higher education studies or a related discipline such as educational management, diversity studies, historical studies, political science, public management, sociology or social psychology. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers, collaborate with colleagues in other academic units including the UFS Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ) and the School of Higher Education Studies (SHES).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all South African and foreign nationals
  • Graduated with a PhD degree in a relevant discipline within the last five years
  • Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship (but may engage in up to 12 hours approved part-time salaried employment per week)
  • Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS.

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Call for applicants: PhD position at University of Luxembourg

luxembourgThe University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education: Doctoral Candidate in the field of Political Science (Higher Education Policy).

The successful candidate will be based in the Identités, Politiques, Sociétés et Espaces research unit, working within the Institute of Political Science. Under the direction of Prof. Robert Harmsen, the candidate will have the opportunity of completing a doctoral thesis in the area of higher education policy. It is intended that the candidate’s work should broadly fit within the continuation of the research agenda established by the ‘Global-Uni’ research project. Areas of particular interest include: 1). Higher education policy-making and reform processes in post-industrial states (Europe, North America, and Australasia) 2). The role of international organisations and wider processes of norm diffusion in the higher education policy sector; and 3). Processes of regional cooperation and integration in higher education policy. Details of the ‘Global-Uni’ project may be found here.

The position is full time, with an initial 14 month contract that can be extended to 36 months in total. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position in September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2016.

Download information about the requirements and application procedure here (pdf). 




Post-doctoral positions in Denmark

aarhusThe Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University in Denmark invites applications for two or more postdoc positions.

About CFA 

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Department of Political Science, which is part of Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Sciences) at Aarhus University. Members of staff at CFA have diverse backgrounds in disciplines such as political science, economics, sociology, history of ideas, information science, and communication science, and apply a range of social scientific methods in their work.

Research at CFA is broadly centered around research, innovation and higher education policy with an emphasis on empirical studies. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on organization and management of higher education institutions, measurement and contextualization of research performance and impact, research funding, innovation policy and public innovation specifically, responsible research and innovation, development of indicators for research and innovation, and gender equality in science.

Qualification requirements 




Researcher position in Italy on higher education governance

downloadThe Scuola Normale Superiore announces a selection, based on work to date and interview, for a research contract under the following project: “Governance regimes and systemic performance in higher education”.

The successful candidate shall carry out research activities finalized to collect and to analyze quali-quantitative data on the reform of systemic governance in higher education in 15 EU countries, as pursued from the mid-1990s. The research shall use both quantitative and qualitative methods (especially QCA).

Applications are invited from candidates who have completed a PhD in Political Sciences, Sociology or Social Sciences.

  • Duration of contract: 2 years
  • Estimated starting of the activity: January 2016

Application deadline: the application must be received by 30th, November 2015 at the Scuola Normale.

Candidates are invited to read the official announcement published on the website of Scuola Normale Superiore, and follow instructions.


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Job opportunity at ENQA

enqaInterested in quality assurance in higher education and have relevant knowledge for the area?

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is an umbrella organisation for quality assurance agencies in Europe, with 40 members from 23 countries of the European Higher Education Area, and 49 affiliated organisations from 28 countries world wide. ENQA is currently looking for a Reviews Manager for its office in Brussels.

The key responsibilities for the position are to:

  • act as the contact person within the Secretariat for the agencies/organisations applying for membership or affiliate status;
  • coordinate the ENQA external review process and its overall follow-up;
  • coordinate individual ENQA external reviews of QA agencies;
  • coordinate the preparation of the reviewer training sessions and maintain the database of trained experts;
  • coordinate and contribute to the ENQA IQA Group’s work;
  • contribute to ENQA’s projects and reports;
  • undertake such other reasonable duties as the Director may request.

Duration: permanent contract
Start: September/October 2015
Type: Full time
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2015

Download more information about required qualifications and application procedure here (pdf)




Calls for applicants: 2 PhD and 1 post-doc position in Netherlands on Open Education

f109df6649dc34e6ee4023e6361cfd2dThe Open University in Netherlands is looking for two fully funded PhD candidates, and one post-doc on themes related to Open Education. The positions are located at the Welten Institue in Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.

PhD Candidate Long-term Engagement in Open Education

From the announcement text: Learners are joining MOOCs and online communities but are losing motivation and interest as they are not finalising the courses or becoming inactive. This PhD research project is aimed to develop and assess quality indicators and evaluate their significance and usability. For this purpose, an alternative approach to the design and delivery of Open Education solutions is developed in the research that focuses the long-term engagement of learners in Open Education and that takes into account motivation, intentions and strategy of both parties: the open education designers and providers and the learners themselves.
This PhD research project will combine and use different important theories in the fields of open education, constructivism, systems theory, critical pedagogy, competence building, quality and organization development. The research will use learning analytics, questionnaires and structured interviews for gathering the data. Statistical methods will include structural equation modelling and design of experiments techniques.
The PhD candidate will be passionate about open education and will strive for developing the project in a self-organized manner supported by a daily supervisor and a professor. S/he will publish results of the research in high-impact scientific journals and will present intermediate results in international, peer-reviewed conferences. The candidate will actively contribute to the dissemination and application activities in European research projects and s/he will collaborate with other researchers in the research cluster on open education and innovation.

Read more about the required qualifications and application procedure here.

PhD Candidate Quality of Open Education

From the announcement text: Currently there is much attention for Open Education solutions and namely MOOCs as an alternative way to provide education to the mass. However, their quality is often criticized in relation to their design, organization and the high numbers of students (up to 97%) that are not finalising courses. This PhD research project is aimed to develop and assess quality indicators and evaluate their significance and usability. For this purpose, an alternative approach to quality development of Open Education solutions is developed in the research that focuses the quality of Open Education solutions and their delivery and that takes into account motivation, intentions and strategy of both parties: the open education designers and providers and the learners themselves.
This PhD research project will combine and use different important theories in the fields of open education, constructivism, systems theory, critical pedagogy, competence building, quality and organization development. The research will use learning analytics, questionnaires and structured interviews for gathering the data. Statistical methods will include structural equation modelling and design of experiments techniques.The PhD candidate will be passionate about open education and will strive for developing the project in a self-organized manner supported by a daily supervisor and a professor. S/he will publish results of the research in high-impact scientific journals and will present intermediate results in international, peer-reviewed conferences. The candidate will actively contribute to the dissemination and application activities in European research projects and s/he will collaborate with other researchers in the research cluster on open education and innovation.

Read more about the required qualifications and application procedure here. 




Call for applicants: post-doc position in Luxembourg

luxembourgThe University of Luxembourg is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in sociology of education.

The successful candidate will primarily work with Professors Justin Powell and Andreas Hadjar in the area of Sociology of Education, on research projects that focus on comparative research on higher education and science systems.

Main focus areas are linked to: education systems and inequalities, institutions and organizations, policymaking and social change processes. The candidate is expected to have broad and advanced methodological skills – including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Requirements: 

  • Degrees (MA, doctorate) in sociology, education or a related discipline.
  • Interests and experience in sociological and educational research.
  • Substantial knowledge of higher education and science systems.
  • Advanced theoretical and methodological training.
  • Experience in project management, team-building, and university-based administration.
  • Native or near-native command (speaking, reading, writing) of English and German, fluency in French (and/or other languages) beneficial.

Download more information about the position and application procedures here (pdf)

Deadline for applications – 22nd of June. 




2 PhD positions available at the University of Oslo – higher education governance and innovation & learning

uio logo nyDepartment of Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in the University of Oslo has announced a call for two doctoral research fellowships in the research group ExCID (Expert Cultures and Institutional Dynamics: Studies in higher education and work).

ExCID was formed in 2015 and is a result of a merger of earlier research groups HEIK and FALK at the University of Oslo. The main analytical approaches used in ExCID projects are an institutional perspective on political governance and organizational dynamics, and a cultural perspective on how knowledge and participation possibilities are organized within and among fields of expertise.

The first position is for a candidate specializing in the research field innovation and learning. Within the overall research focus of the ExCID group the candidate’s research project is expected to be targeted on relationships between organizational learning and innovativeness, or alternatively, the research project can be focused on the relationship between learning within working life and change processes in organizations (organizational innovation) or in society (social innovation).

Concerning the second position we are looking for a candidate specializing in the governance of higher education. Relevant project themes are the national and supranational coordination of knowledge policies; agencification in the governance of higher education; and the changing role and use of expertise in the governance of higher education.

The positions are fully funded contracts of 4 years (including 25% requied duties for the department, often including teaching activities).