ENTHUSIASTIC and COMPETENT Senior researcher and Network Coordinator (f/m)

The CSB and the EU Platform on Reference Budgets
The purpose of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy (CSB) is to acquire empirically and theoretically substantiated insights into the functioning of welfare state institutions in a changing socioeconomic, demographic, ecological, and political environment. The central focus of the Centre is on the analysis of inequality and poverty. An important topic of research is the development of poverty indicators and the analysis of the social floor of the welfare state. To support our work in this area, we have a database with cross-country comparable reference budgets in Europe as well as a detailed database on minimum income protection schemes in the EU and beyond. Reference budgets are illustrative priced baskets of goods and services that represent the minimum cost for households for adequate social participation. They are an important tool for studying poverty and the adequacy of minimum income protection, and have many applications that are used by societal stakeholders to assess and improve the living conditions of households. The CSB is now taking the initiative to establish a European platform to bring together the expertise on reference budgets and to stimulate further research and cooperation in this area.
Your task
The CSB and the EU Platform on Reference Budgets are looking for a senior researcher for research, coordination and networking. The tasks consist of:
The coordination of the EU Platform on Reference Budgets, under the direction of dr. Tim Goedemé and dr. Bérénice Storms, and attracting new research funding in this area (70%). This includes the identification of priorities for the Platform, the development and implementation of an effective communication strategy, representing the Platform at various occasions and promoting the network among stakeholders, preparing the meetings, as well as developing and supporting research and publications in this area. In addition, the post includes providing support for project management and research in the area of the non-take up of social policies, the out-of-pocket costs of accessing publicly provided or subsidized goods and services, as well as minimum income protection more broadly (30%).
Your profile
We are looking for a motivated senior researcher with
·         a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in social sciences (sociology, social-economic sciences, economics, social work, commercial engineering etc., … ); Candidates with expertise in other areas will be considered if a strong affinity with reference budgets research can be demonstrated;
·         a keen interest in poverty research, and in particular in promoting, attracting and undertaking reference budgets research;
·         outstanding communication and coordination capacities;
·         a solid background in research methods and data analysis;
·         a sense of independence and responsibility, a creative mind, and a strong motivation to work with and steer an international, multidisciplinary network;
·         excellent English language skills;
·         a strong motivation to learn and work in a multidisciplinary team.
We offer
We offer a stimulating research environment that is conducting innovative research on topics with high societal relevance and high visibility at the EU level. We offer a fixed-term contract of one year, with an extension of another year after favourable evaluation. The gross salary ranges between 3,974 and 4,500 EUR/month (for candidates with a PhD). Further extension is dependent upon attracting additional funding.
Additional information
Further information on European reference budgets research can be found on http://referencebudgets.eu. For additional information, please contact dr. Tim Goedemé (tim.goedeme@uantwerpen.be).
Apply by sending a (1) motivation letter (max 2 pages), (2) a one-page proposal for priorities for the EU Platform on Reference Budgets and communication strategy, (3) abstracts of your 5 most important achievements that are relevant for this position; and (4) full CV to centrumsociaalbeleid@uantwerpen.bewith “Application Coordinator EU-RB” as subject by 6 August 2017. Successful applicants will receive an invitation for an interview no later than 25 August. Interviews are scheduled for 4 and 5 September 2017. The expected starting date is 1 October 2017.

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