Come and join us! — Postdoc 50% FTE, 1.5 years Political Science or Sociology

At the SFM, we’re currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher. Come and join us!

Call for Application – Postdoc Position at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel
0.5 FTE (21 hours per week), 1.5 years appointment

The Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies intends to appoint one postdoc researcher. Potential candidates must hold a PhD degree in Political Science or Sociology, and excel in research and knowledge transfer.

The research components of this postdoc is a SNSF project on explaining naturalized citizens’ political engagement. The project wants to explain the political preferences of naturalized citizens, the drivers to become active participants in left and right wing parties and how they make sense of their background with regard to the party’s discourses. This will be measured on the basis of content analysis and biographical interviews. The teaching components may involve lectures at Master level.


    Research in the context of the SNSF project
    Teaching in the Master Program (Orientation Migration et Citoyenneté)


    Completed PhD thesis in political sciences or political sociology
    Professional linguistic skills in both English and German. Good knowledge in oral French and/or Italian is an asset.
    Publications in well-established journals
    Expertise in qualitative empirical research (content analysis, interviews)
    Ability to teach and motivate students at advanced levels

Further information:
More information may be obtained from the Chair of the selection committee, Prof. Dr. Gianni D’Amato through

The salary is commensurate with the tariffs applied by the University of Neuchâtel (see The initial appointment is limited to 1.5 years and is intended to start December 1, 2019 (or in accordance with a mutual arrangement).

Candidates should have excellent oral and written English and German skills. Working language at the SFM is French, German; knowledge in these languages and in Italian are an important asset.

Job application:
Applications should include a motivation letter, a full CV and a list of publications. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019. Please send to Ms Nadja Rinchetti ( / +41 32 718 39 20) by email or post.


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