Call for Applications, Conflicts of sovereignty in a European Union in Crisis (SovEU)

This is a call for applications for one full-time post-doctoral position that is part of a collaborative research project between the University of Cambridge and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) funded by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation established in Brussels. The project investigates conflicts of sovereignty within the European Union, focusing on the manner in which traditional conflicts between supranational EU institutions and national sovereignty are increasingly being supplemented by conflicts at the national level between competing notions of sovereignty. The researcher will join a team under the supervision of a scientific committee (Christopher Bickerton [Cambridge], Nathalie Brack [ULB], Ramona Coman [ULB] and Amandine Crespy [ULB]). The researcher will be expected to spend one year in Cambridge and another year in Brussels, though not necessarily in that order. The deadline for submitting applications is the 10th September 2018. The successful candidate will start work on the 1 st January 2019 for a duration of 2 years.

The successful candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of their CV, their research achievements, motivation and congruence with the project. The following application documents are to be consolidated into one single PDF file sent by email to Ana Noppen (

  • A detailed motivation letter explaining the candidate’s general interest for the project
  • A curriculum vitae listing all academic qualifications, relevant research experience and previous publications
  • Name, affiliation, e-mail and phone number of three referee who can be contacted if necessary
  • A copy of the passport/ID, PhD and master diploma

Applications are open until 10 September 2018.

Interviews will be face-to-face, taking place at ULB in Brussels, Belgium. Short-listed candidates will be informed at the beginning of September and the final decision will be taken as soon as possible after the interviews. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to make a brief presentation outlining their prospective contribution to the project.

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