Post-doc sur le projet “Network Maps of Contemporary Economics in France”

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Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract (24 Months)

Start Date: September 2020 (negotiable)

The School of Economics of the University of Barcelona and the Economic Institutions Research Group (EIRG) of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CSO) of Sciences Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris), are seeking one post-doctoral researcher to work with Dr Paulo Serôdio (University of Barcelona) and Dr Catherine Comet (University of Lille) on the Independent Social Research Foundation funded project ‘Network Maps of Contemporary Economics in France’.

The project intends to study the structural determinants of the intellectual divide that has grown in the field of Economics in France over the last 20 years. The project has both a quantitative and a qualitative component. The successful candidate will lead the qualitative branch of the project, which will help understand the institutional determinants and structural conditions paving the way for the dominance of orthodox Economics in French policy-making over the last two decades.

The qualitative stream of the project will involve running semi-structured interviews with prominent French economists who were once affiliated with institutions advising the French Government. The successful candidate will be expected to prepare, organize and run the interviews in Year 1, along with drafting a research article describing the data collected. In Year 2, the successful candidate will be expected to analyse the data, deploying a combination of qualitative research methodology and quantitative approaches, such as social network analysis, for which there will be ample support from the other members of the research group.

The successful candidate will hold affiliations with the Economic History department of the University of Barcelona’s School of Economics, and with the Economic Institutions Research Group, of the Centre des Sociologie des Organisations, at Sciences Po, where they will work under the direct supervision of Dr Catherine Comet and Professor Emmanuel Lazega (advisor) of CSO, Sciences Po Paris.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (Economics, Economic History, Sociology), to be completed before the post start date;
  • Near-native language fluency in French
  • Strong command of working English;
  • Experience in deploying methods of qualitative research in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, particularly ethnographic and interviewing methods;
  • Experience in conducting semi-structured interviews
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clarity on complex matters.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and collaborate with others;
  • Excellent time management skills and organisation;
  • Willingness to travel within France for fieldwork;

Candidates can expect to produce one publication-ready draft at the end of Year 1, co-authored with the remaining members of the research group, and two or more publication-ready drafts at the end of Year 2. Candidates with a strong interest in sociology of science, economic history, economic sociology and other interdisciplinary approaches to the field are particularly encouraged to apply.

The post is offered for 24 months, full-time, with a gross salary of €34,000 per annum. The post comes with strong administrative support and a travel budget to cover fieldwork expenses. The successful candidate will also benefit from working in a supportive research environment, mentoring and flexible working arrangements. Although the position is based at the University of Barcelona, it also requires sufficiently long research stays in France to conduct fieldwork.

Closing date: 20th December, 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a writing sample and references. Interviews are envisaged to take place at the Centre des Sociologie des Organisations, Sciences Po, 19 Rue Amélie, Paris, France.

To apply for this post, please send your application materials – Cover Letter, CV and names of two referees – to Dr Paulo Serôdio (

Should you have any technical queries with the application, or general queries about the role, please email Dr Paulo Serôdio (

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