PLATO to recruit 15 PhD students
PLATO will soon invite applications for 15 PhD positions to start from September/October 2017.
PLATO is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. PLATO will investigate problems of crisis and legitimacy in the European Union. The network will be coordinated by Chris Lord from ARENA Centre for European Sudies at the University of Oslo.
Each student will be recruited as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) by one of PLATO's academic partners: universities in Antwerp, Berlin, Cambridge, Krakow, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Twente, and Vienna. ESRs will, however, follow a common training programme at the network level.
The common call will be announced later this fall, and will outline further details and expectations for the individual PhD projects. The tentative application deadline is late January 2017.
Multiple crises have created new legitimacy challenges for the EU. To investigate whether the EU’s responses to these crises have been legitimate with a set of crucial actors and standards, PLATO will recruit 15 PhD students to form an integrated research training network.
PLATO will be a fully integrated, thematic research school with its own research question. The aim is to go 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.
Applicants for each PhD position will be expected to develop a clear and creative proposal with an achievable research design that will contribute to PLATO's overall research question.
|PhD project||Recruiting partner|
|ESR1||The EU’s involvement in core state powers||Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies (Germany)|
|ESR2||The legitimacy of multi-level orders||Twente Graduate School (The Netherlands)|
|ESR3||Post-crisis developments in EU policy-making||Centre d’études européennes, SciencesPo Paris (France)|
|ESR4||Competing legitimation claims between EU and member states||Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies (Germany)|
|ESR5||The legitimacy of crisis responses that delegate new powers the EU||ACIM – Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (Belgium)|
|ESR6||Post-crisis policy failures||ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)|
|ESR7||Post-crisis parliamentary communication and control||Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (Austria)|
|ESR8||Post-crisis strengthening of accountability to rule-of-law standards||Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (Czech Republic)|
|ESR9||Arbitrary domination as a crisis response||ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)|
|ESR10||The impact of the crisis on citizens’ trust in the EU||Twente Graduate School (The Netherlands)|
|ESR11||Post-national identity and legitimacy and post-crisis developments||Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland)|
|ESR12||Societal interests’ acceptance of EU regulatory agencies decisions||ACIM – Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (Belgium)|
|ESR13||Technocratic and populist responses to the crisis||Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge (UK)|
|ESR14||The contestation of post-crisis EU’s legitimacy through media analysis||
ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo (Norway)
|ESR15||The Europeanisation of European elections||Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (Austria)|
Tailored training programme
The network will offer a strong programme of academic and more practically oriented training, providing the ESRs with skills needed for leading careers in both the university and the non-academic sectors. A quality framework for secondments will allow each ESR to spend one longer research stay at a partner university and one internship with a private partner in the policy-advice, consulting or civil society sectors. See the full list of PLATO partners.
A multidisciplinary faculty of leading scholars as well as professionals from the non-academic sector will give the ESRs exceptional access to resources and opportunities across the network.
A solid career-planning approach will be secured through PLATO partner VITAE's Researcher Development Framework.
PLATO will officially start on January 1st 2017 and last for four years.
The successful candidates will start their PhD in September/October 2017 and be employed in a 3-year full-time position. The recruited ESRs will be offered generous allowances (including living, mobility and family allowances) to accommodate for the mobility requirements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ITNs.
At the core of the MSCA-ITNs is researcher mobility. The recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country he/she will be employed for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. More on the eligibility criteria (European Commission H2020-MSCA-ITN FAQ).
Candidates must be in the early stage of their research career (first four years) and not in possession of a doctoral degree. More on the calculation of research careers (European Commission H2020-MSCA-ITN FAQ).
Read also: ARENA to coordinate H2020 PhD network
For any questions related to the upcoming call, please don't hesitate to contact network manager Marit Eldholm at ARENA.