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12 PhD Vacancies: MSCA Doctoral Network IP-PAD

Twelve PhD Positions in Politics of Adolescence and Democracy: Political Science, Psychology, Neuroscience and related disciplines.

We are inviting applications for 12 Early Stage Researchers / Doctoral Candidates to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Network project ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives of the Politics of Adolescence & Democracy’ (IP-PAD). 

What is IP-PAD: The IP-PAD project “Interdisciplinary Perspectives of the Politics of Adolescence & Democracy” is an MSCA Doctoral Network that aims to train a new generation of early career researchers in the fields of political science, political psychology and developmental neuroscience. 

What will you be doing?  IP-PAD will study how young adolescent citizens process political information and how this affects their engagement with politics. IP-PAD will integrate, for the first time, in a systematic, rigorous and mutually beneficial way two main areas of research: first, the extensive literature on youth political engagement from the perspective of political and social sciences, and second, the insights on the wide-ranging changes that occur in the adolescent brain, obtained from the fields of developmental psychology and neuroscience. By integrating these two perspectives, IP-PAD will provide in-depth interdisciplinary training to a young generation of social scientists in conducting open, rigorous, innovative and impactful research. A description of the Work Packages and Research Questions that will be hosted in each of the participating Universities can be found here

About us: The project involves extensive collaborations between the following universities located in Europe (in their country’s alphabetical order): University of Vienna (Austria), Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Jagiellonian University (Poland), and Royal Holloway University of London (UK). Across all universities, we have formed multidisciplinary supervisory teams with the participation of political scientists and political/social psychologists, cognitive and developmental neuroscientists, and social scientists. Each university will recruit between two and three Early Stage Researchers who will also enrol for their Doctoral Degree. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for early-stage researchers with an academic background in any of the relevant disciplines who meet the following Essential Requirements :   

  • BSc in Psychology, Political Science, Communication Science, Neuroscience, Sociology, or another cognate discipline
  • MSc/MA (already in possession or expected to be obtained by the start date of the project) in Psychology, Political Science, Communication Science Neuroscience, Sociology and related disciplines with an interest in Political Psychology, Cognitive Science, Survey Methodology, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive or Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience;
  • Strong quantitative research skills
  • Motivation for developing interdisciplinary and impactful research
  • Excellent spoken and written command of English

In addition, the successful MSCA Doctoral Candidate must meet the general MSCA criteria: 

Early Stage Researcher: Be in the first four years of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctorate. This 4-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the MA/MSc degree until today (excluding military, parental, sick leave, etc). In this case, you are able to apply for this PhD position. 

Mobility Rule: Applicants can be of any nationality. They must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country where they applied for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately before the recruitment date. Applicants should indicate for which of the five Universities they want to be considered and explicitly explain how they meet the mobility rule requirements, as this is a requirement from the EU.

More details can be found here and here.

Apply here.

Deadline: January 30th, 2023.