CfA: AxPo Postdoctoral Researcher

Call for Applications for a Postdoctoral Research Position


Call for Applications for a Postdoctoral Research Position* at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po, Paris, France


*This year, AxPo will prioritize candidates studying socio-economic polarization or related fields, such as inequality, segregation, discrimination.


General information

Position Definition: Post-doctoral researcher

Location: The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris, France

Type of contract: Temporary contract

Contract duration: 24 months

Expected hiring date: 1 September 2024

Work time: full-time

Required degree level: PhD in Sociology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, or related fields

Application deadline: January 8th, 2024


Applications are invited for one 2-year postdoctoral research position at the AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris, France, starting on 1 September 2024.


The purpose of AxPo’s research program is to bring together research in sociology, political science, and economics on multiple forms of polarization which may contribute to the fragmentation of democratic market societies. AxPo will notably focus on socio-economical and socio-political polarizations, and their interrelations.


Qualified candidates will have a background in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, or in related disciplines, i.e. History, Geography, etc.


Once hired, AxPo postdoctoral researchers will be both members of the AxPo Observatory and of one other Sciences Po research center (notably the CEE, CRIS, CSO, Department of Economics, or CEVIPOF).


Additionally, postdocs will be encouraged to spend a short time (for example three months) in one of the two external partner research institutions: MPIfG and CEU-DI. Similarly, AxPo offers to host other postdocs from these two institutions. This mobility will allow postdoctoral fellows to showcase and develop their research in different contexts, with different research partners and specialties.

Sciences Po is one of France’s leading institutions for research and teaching in the social sciences, law, and history.


For further information about AxPo’s postdoctoral research program, see


The annual gross salary will be 41,550 €. Employment in France guarantees full access to healthcare and other social security benefits.


The postdoc position is intended for excellent early-career researchers. To be eligible, candidates must have defended – or be due to defend – their PhD between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2024. Sciences Po’s working languages are English and French, and speaking French is not a requirement for the position.


The postdoctoral researcher is expected to undertake research within AxPo’s academic area, broadly defined. Postdoctoral researchers participate in all academic activities organized by both AxPo Observatory and their host research center in Sciences Po: research seminars, workshops, conferences, etc., and will have the opportunity to organize meetings and workshops on subjects related to their own research.




The chair of the selection committee is Olivier Godechot (AxPo director and Center for Research on Social Inequalities (CRIS)), with Philipp Brandt (Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO)), Isabelle Méjean (Department of Economics), Lou Safra (Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF)), Matthias Thiemann (Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE)),  and two colleagues from universities outside of France, Daria Tisch (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies) and Balázs Vedres (Central European University).


Applicants are asked to complete an online application Google form and submit through the application portal a PDF file that combines the following elements into one single file:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Postdoctoral research project title & abstract (200 words maximum)
  4. Postdoctoral research project summary (1000 words maximum, excluding bibliography)
  5. Job market paper
  6. List of 3 most relevant publications, stating the name of the journal (including R&R and “submitted” statuses)
  7. The name of a professor at Sciences Po who could serve as a potential mentor
  8. Which other research center at Sciences Po besides AxPo could be a secondary affiliation (simply indicate your interest; you do not need to have prior approval)
  9. Names, email addresses, and affiliations of 3 academic referees. *Please note that if you are selected for further evaluation, we will need to receive the letters from your referees by Monday 15 January 2024 at the latest. Please ask your letter-writers to have their letters ready by this date. 


Applicants will also be asked to send their PhD Dissertation in its current stage of completion in a separate PDF document.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 EST on Monday 8th January 2024.


Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed by mid-January 2024 and interviews are expected to take place via Zoom in the last week of January/first week of February.


The online application form is available here:


AxPo Observatory of Market Society Polarization at Sciences Po in Paris follows an equal opportunities policy.

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olivierpilmis (2023, 13 novembre). CfA: AxPo Postdoctoral Researcher. Sociologie économique. Consulté le 4 mars 2024, à l’adresse

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