Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, 012627

Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, 012627

UCD - University College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Job Ref.: 012627

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

The School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join the research project 'Democratic Governance of Funded Pensions” (DEEPEN) for a period of three years at 1.0 FTE. This position is made possible by a grant from the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE) Network and the Irish Research Council. The project explores the democratic governance of capital-funded occupational pension schemes and investigates how governments, regulators and labor market actors govern funded pensions and whether participants are satisfied with pension fund performance. The project focuses on Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Spain. The project combines quantitative analysis of survey data with comparative case studies based on elite and expert interviews and analysis of primary and secondary documents.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the UCD-based research team led by Dr. Karen Anderson who is the overall coordinator of the project. The candidate will conduct case studies of selected occupational pension schemes in Ireland to investigate the decision-making processes that link welfare provisions to financial markets. S/he will also contribute to comparative research on the regulatory context of occupational pensions in the project countries and in so doing will have opportunities for additional professional development through interaction with the other multidisciplinary research teams based in Austria, the Netherlands and Spain.

This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research on the democratic governance of capitalfunded occupational pension schemes;
  • Conduct elite and expert interviews in Ireland to gather information on the individual cases selected for analysis;
  • Collect and analyse information on the regulatory context of occupational pension provisions in Ireland;
  • Disseminate the project’s findings as co-author in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, policy reports and other relevant formats;
  • Collaborate in presenting the project to key stakeholders, academics and policymakers/practitioners working on occupational pensions.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator;
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or Institute, or the University;
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of your Principal Investigator;
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute;
  • Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your School and Institute;
  • Carry out administrative work associated with your programme of research.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.

Mandatory

  • PhD in social policy, political science, sociology, economics or related discipline;
  • A demonstrated commitment to research and publications;
  • An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project;
  • Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and ability to outline a research project;
  • Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and experience of writing a funding application);
  • Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written , Presentation etc.);
  • Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines;
  • Candidates must demonstrate an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Desirable

  • Experience in setting own research agenda;
  • Knowledge of Irish pension system;
  • Proven ability to absorb new information quickly and work within a multidisciplinary framework;
  • Ability to work in a team and to collaborate effectively at all levels;
  • Ability to undertake documentary research including institutional policies and practices, as well as understanding how to integrate such data with other empirical data;
  • Experience in conducting interviews with policy experts, political elites, and stakeholders;
  • Understanding of social media.

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