Post-doctoral Research Position in the project “Populism as Peripheral Resentment?”, 75% (m/f/d)

University of Lucerne Research  Luzern, Luzern, Schweiz 16 Apr 2021

Job Description

The University of Lucerne is looking for a

Post-doctoral Researcher in the project “Populism as Peripheral Resentment?”, 75% (m/f/d)

The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Founded in 2000, it has four faculties and around 3,000 students. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with its eight institutes and departments focuses on interdisciplinarity and innovation in research and teaching. The Faculty offers its almost 800 students a range of courses that are unique in Switzerland, placing great emphasis on excellent support and a close link between research and teaching activities.

The Political Science Department at the University of Lucerne invites applications for a 4-year position as post-doctoral researcher (75%) in the project “Populism as Peripheral Resentment?” funded by the Swiss National Science foundation.

The starting date for the 4-year position is September 1st, 2021 but there is some flexibility.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with the PI Joachim Blatter on a joint research project. The research will involve qualitative data collection through narrative interviews and focus groups, as well as collaboration in analysing this dataset. The position does not include mandatory teaching but voluntary teaching at the Political Science Department is possible and will result in a higher salary. The postdoc will have time to work on her/his own research. For more information, please contact

Your profile

  • Strong skills in qualitative data collection and analysis. Ideally, experience in narrative interviews and/or focus groups.
  • A PhD in Political Science, Sociology or Anthropology/Ethnology (or adjacent fields), with a focus on qualitative social research. The PhD should be completed or near completion.
  • Strong command of German and English (narrative interviews will be conducted in these languages).
  • Strong interest in and ability for excellent academic research, proven e.g. through internationally visible publications, third-party funding, presentations at international conferences, or related research activities.
  • Dedication, ability to work in a team, and ability to work independently.

What we offer

  • The contract is limited to 4 years due to the project time and funds. The gross salary is appr. 75.000 CHF/year.
  • Place of work is Lucerne, Switzerland.

Please upload your application electronically as one pdf-file comprising your letter of interest, CV (including publication list), a writing sample, and two names of people willing to provide references here.

The closing date for applications is May 9th, 2021.

Interviews will probably take place May 26th/27th, 2021.


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