15 vacant fully-funded PhD positions
Would you like to research a PhD on the legitimacy of the European Union after the financial crisis?
Would you like to start your career in a European training network of leading research universities and
professionals from the policy advice, consulting and civil society sectors?
PLATO is an EU-funded PhD network coordinated by Prof. Christopher Lord at ARENA Centre for European Studies,
University of Oslo. PLATO brings together nine university partners from across Europe to recruit a group of 15
of the best ’early’ researchers to undertake a common multidisciplinary investigation into crisis and the legitimacy
of the Union. The doctoral researchers will work together with senior researchers from across the network.
Each candidate will be employed at one of the nine universities and enrolled in a local PhD programme, while at the
same time being part of an integrated research team and research project at network level.
The starting date for all positions is between 1 September and 1 October 2017. The positions are full-time for 3 years.
What PLATO offers
PLATO’s Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will follow the same mandatory training programme. It provides a unique
opportunity for internationally oriented, ambitious and team-minded early stage researchers to follow an intensive programme
that pools resources from excellent European research institutions and leading scholars in the field.
The ESRs’ career perspectives and employability will also be expanded beyond academia. Each ESR will undertake one
three-month stay at a partner institution and one four-week secondment to gain first-hand work experience from the policy advice,
consulting and civil society sector. PLATO moreover provides a quality framework for supervision and individual career development
plans offered by the global leader in the professional development of researchers, Vitae.
A multidisciplinary faculty of scholars as well as professionals from other sectors will give PLATO’s ESRs exceptional access to
resources and opportunities across the network. Among PLATO’s training partners are several leading European think tanks,
a consulting firm for trade associations, as well as civil society organisations promoting democracy and citizen participation.
The MSCA-ITN funding scheme offers attractive salary and working conditions, including family allowance depending on the
candidates’ status at the time of recruitment.
A common research agenda
PLATO will be a fully integrated, thematic research school with its own research question. PLATO aims to go well beyond the
state-of-the-art by building a theory of legitimacy crisis in the EU from a uniquely interdisciplinary understanding of how
democracy, power, law, economies and societies all fit together with institutions within and beyond the state to affect the
legitimacy of contemporary political order.
What you need to know about PLATO’s research in preparing your proposal
Fifteen individual PhD projects on specific topics will make up PLATO’s study of the EU’s legitimacy challenges. For more
information and details on each individual call, see www.plato.uio.no
PLATO’s ambitious and demanding training programme will require highly motivated ESRs, who will be required to perform
above the average PhD student. The 15 PhD researchers will work together as an integrated team within a carefully designed
research programme aimed at jointly developing state-of-the-art theory and methods.
We invite candidates with an MA degree in political science, international relations, political economy, law, sociology or
related disciplines to apply. In assessing the candidates, particular emphasis will be placed on originality and creativity
of the proposal, academic qualifications, and the individual project’s fit within the overall research programme. Candidates
must have excellent writing skills as well as English language skills. Teamwork will be given emphasis, as PLATO is looking
for dynamic and enthusiastic candidates collaborating well with other members of a team.
Two specific eligibility conditions apply to this funding scheme, the Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme:
- Mobility rule: The recruited researchers cannot have resided in the country where she/he is recruited
for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment and not have carried out their main
activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country.
- Career stage: The recruited researchers must at the date of recruitment be in the first four years
(full-time equivalent) of her/his research career and not have a doctoral degree. This four-year period is measured from
the date of obtaining the degree, which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
Please make sure that the criteria specified in the individual calls are met (see www.plato.uio.no
These may vary depending on local PhD programmes and admission procedures.
Some general requirements apply and the following documents must be submitted as part of each individual application.
Please read the qualifications for the positions carefully. We will only consider those who meet the listed requirements.
- Letter of motivation
- Project proposal (guidelines for the project proposal)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Copy of MA degree diploma(s) and academic transcripts
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable (see individual calls)
- Deadline for application for all positions: 31 January 2017
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in the period 6-17 March 2017
- Job offers will be made to the selected candidates by the end of April 2017
- Start date of all position will be 1 September - 1 October 2017, depending on local admission programmes