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Call for applicants: 5 PhD positions in higher education at INCHER, Germany

Interested in doing a PhD in higher education? INCHER-Kassel has announced 5 PhD positions! Note that the deadline is shortly, already on 15th of March 2017.

The positions are part of a new doctoral training programme, titled: “Changing dynamics of elite production? The role of higher education for career trajectories in different societal fields”. The positions are fully funded over three years.

Applicants are required to have an above average university degree in social sciences or economics and profound competences in empirical research in social science or economics, experience with quantitative and qualitative empirical research are desirable, and the candidates are expected to be able to communicate in English and German. Prior knowledge in relevant research themes and data analysis software are of advantage.

Download the call here for more information and specifications of requirements

The International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel) is an interdisciplinary research centre in higher education research. The centre was established in 1978. The centre has four research areas: Students and GraduatesChange of KnowledgeGovernance and OrganizationInnovation and Transfer

 




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: 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). 




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. 




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).




Call for applications: doctoral fellowship at CSO / Sciences Po / CNRS

csoA three-year doctoral fellowship in sociology has been announced within the programme for higher education and research at CSO (Center for the Sociology of Organizations), Sciences Po and CNRS research unit.

The recipient of the PhD fellowship will have to apply for formal enrolment in the doctoral programs in sociology of Sciences Po in Paris. He/she will work under the supervision of Christine Musselin and Jérôme Aust.

The thesis project should focus on the policies for excellence in higher education, such as the Exzellenzinitiative in Germany or the Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir in France. It might deal with the genesis of these policies, the development of the instruments initiated in order to implement them, the way decisions were made, their impact on the higher education system (at any level: on the national landscape, on the university level, on the shop-floor,…). All these aspects might be covered within one country or only some of them in an international comparison.

Eligibility: The candidate will hold a master’s degree (or be able to get it before September 2015) and have training in sociology or political science. She or he should have experience in diverse empirical methods. A firm command of English and at least a working knowledge of French are required.

Deadline for applicants: 15th of March

Read more about the employment conditions and application procedure at CSO website




Call for applicants: funded PhD position on public administration at University of Agder in Norway

agderThe University of Agder invites applications for one full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow in public administration for a period of three years (alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the faculty’s discretion), at the Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, located in Kristiansand, Norway.

The position is financed by the university, and falls within one of the specialisations in the PhD-program in Public Administration: EU integration and governance. 

Requirements:

  • The applicants should hold a master’s degree in political science, public administration, or equivalent fields.
  • Applicants must submit a project description of no more than 10 pages including the bibliography. The project description should include a presentation of possible research questions/hypotheses, theoretical framework and a progress plan for the proposed doctoral project. An essential part of the assessment of applicants is the quality of the project description.
  • Capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail.
  • Assessment based on academic background and results, and any previous research and development-work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized. 

The position is fully funded and the successful candidate will be employed by the university for the period of the contract.

Deadline for applications – 29th of October. 

Read the whole announcement and about application procedure here.




PhD position at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS)

CHEPS 25th Anniversary-1CHEPS, one of HEDDA partner institutions, has announced a new PhD position. The successful PhD candidate (4 year terms) would be expected to join a research project on the “Effects of Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on the Teaching Function of Higher Education Institutions” (Project-acronym CETLFUNK).

The project CETLFUNK is part of the funding scheme “Begleitungsforschung zum Qualitätspakt Lehre” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Reserarch (BMBF).

CETLFUNK will be an international comparative study on the effects of centers for teaching and learning. Teaching and learning have gained more attention of managers and other stakeholders of higher education institutions across Europe. Different strategies and instruments have been implemented to achieve excellence in teaching and learning. In Germany this has led to the establishment of Centers for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The CETLFUNK project aims to investigate the effects of such centers in terms of: 1) changes in the understanding and definition of quality in teaching and learning; 2) changes in teaching and learning processes; and 3) changes in the organizational structures of higher education institutions. The study will be based on eight in-depth case studies of higher education institutions in Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The applicant is expected to have:

  • a master’s degree in sociology, public administration, political science or related fields;
  • strong research skills in qualitative research methods;
  • experience in conducting in-depth interviews;
  • affinity with multidisciplinary research;
  • knowledge in the field of higher education and/or quality assurance is an advantage;
  • experience in communicating with project partners, ministries, funding agencies, etc.;
  • fluency in German and English, in particular excellent knowledge of the German language (written and spoken) is required because of the reporting to the BMBF and the contact with German institutions. Dutch language proficiency is very much welcomed.

The position is fully funded, and the candidate will be employed for four years for a full-time position at CHEPS.

Application deadline – 1st of October 2014. 

More information on UTwente website




PhD position at University of Lausanne in Public Policy / Regulatory Governance

lausanneThe University of Lausanne is seeking a new Ph.D. student and teaching assistant (100%). The successful candidate is expected to write a PhD thesis in public policy, regulation, governance and/or public administration, and to assist with teaching and research tasks.

Applicants should be interested in public policy and regulatory governance, and have had some methodological training. They need to be motivated to do empirical research and work in a team. Candidates should hold a MA/MSc degree in political science, public administration or in a related social science discipline. In addition, candidates need to be fluent in English and/or French. The work location is at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). The appointment is limited to five years. Starting date: January 1st, 2015 (or upon agreement).

Please submit a one-page letter outlining your motivation and research interests as well as a CV, a writing sample (e.g., a published article, a chapter from your MA/MSc thesis, a seminar paper), copies of all academic degrees, the names of at least two persons we can contact for a reference, and a brief research proposal for a PhD thesis (1 page, details will be discussed after appointment).

More information on application procedure can be found here.

Deadline for applications: October 31, 2014.