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Postdoctoral Research Associate

London (Greater)
£43,205 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job description

The Department of Political Economy is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work full time on the research project ADVODID with Anne Rasmussen.  The Advocacy in Digital Democracy (ADVODID) project is funded by an European Research Council Consolidator Grant. It seeks to implement the first large-scale project designed to provide evidence on the effects of advocacy on citizens and policymakers in both online and offline settings. It analyzes the use, impact and democratic consequences of digital advocacy strategies by assessing interactions of advocacy groups, citizens and political representatives in eight countries (potentially Australia, Chile, Denmark, India, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the US). The project sets out to address - theoretically and empirically - the potentials and challenges for modern democracies that arise from digital advocacy tools. 

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record, a strong knowledge of research methods, and ideally have expertise in experimental and/or quasi-experimental research and/or social data science. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the research across the project’s three work packages, including co-authoring the research outputs from the project, helping to manage student assistants and organize events to disseminate the project’s findings. There is a strong potential for the post doc to contribute to the design and implementation of research ideas within the overall project frame. 

The successful applicant will be based at the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. Founded in 2010, the department is the only dedicated Department of Political Economy in the UK offering a unique interdisciplinary environment with staff and students from all over the world.   

Applications will be considered from postdoctoral researchers and from current PhD students nearing the completion of their PhD. Applicants must have submitted their PhD by the time they take up the post. 

All applications should include: 1) a cover letter; and 2) a CV (including names of two referees) and 3) a single-authored article-length writing sample. 

The post will be offered on a fixed-term contract from 1st September 2024 for a period of one year with a strong potential for extension for up to 3 years in total. An earlier start date is also an option. 

The post is a full-time position on the ERC project - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

Undertake research on the three work packages of the research project ‘ADVODID’, which includes: 

  • Developing experimental, quasi-experimental or observational research designs in the political representation, advocacy and social media context 
  • Collecting data in collaboration with students assistants through for example original surveys, APIs, web-scraping and/or personal interviews 
  • Cleaning, managing and analyzing quantitative data 
  • Co-authoring research outputs from the project 
  • Managing research assistants 
  • Organizing conference panels and other events to disseminate the project’s findings.
  • Presenting research outputs from the project.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria

1.      PhD awarded or near completion in Political Science, Communication Science, Data Science, Economics, Sociology, or a closely related discipline. 

2.      Demonstrated capacity for producing excellent research published, or capable of being published, with leading academic journals and presses. 

3.      Solid expertise in research methods, including experience with coding and data management in common statistical programming languages (e.g. Stata, R, and/or Python).  

Desirable criteria

4.      A good grasp of relevant academic literature (e.g. theory and research on (inequality in) political representation, social media, digital democracy and/or interest groups). 

5.      Experience with developing and applying quasi-experimental and experimental research designs. 

6.      Ability to conduct interviews in multiple languages spoken in the countries included in the study.  

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6. 

Further information

The selection process will include a panel interview, conducted online if necessary.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

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