Fellowship Opportunities (CODE)

The Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) invites applications for post-doctoral and doctoral fellowships. These fellowships are part of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project entitled “Competition in the Digital Era: Geopolitics and Technology in the 21st Century (CODE)”.

CODE examines technological competition between China, the United States and Europe in three key sectors for contemporary economics and geopolitics: semiconductors, cloud computing and space. Theoretically, the project aims to integrate analytical tools from international relations, political economy, and management and innovation to provide a comprehensive theory to explain the dynamics of competition for access to and control of critical technologies. Methodologically, the project aims to use qualitative and quantitative tools to measure technological competition, as well as markets and patent databases, which will then be analysed using network analysis and machine learning. Empirically, the project will focus on three of the most important sectors where technological competition is currently taking place. CODE aims to build a multidisciplinary research group, ideally including researchers with quantitative and qualitative skills who are interested in technological and geopolitical competition. The aim is to train a new generation of scholars at the intersection of International Relations, International Political Economy, and Technology and Innovation Studies.

Within the above framework, PhD and post-doc research proposals are invited to explore one or more of the following topics:

– Technological competition between China, the United States and Europe and its geopolitical implications

– Geoeconomics, European strategic autonomy and technological sovereignty

– Chinese industrial and innovation policy

– The return of industrial policy in the US and Europe

– The role of digital technologies, big data and artificial intelligence in international politics

– The role of public and private actors in space policy in China, the US and Europe

– State-business relations and economic statecraft

– The role of commercial technologies and the private sector in the security and defence field

Please submit:

– Cover letter (max. 2 pages)

– Research proposal on one or more of the topics listed above (max. 3 pages, including bibliography)

– Curriculum vitae

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Profile Post-doctoral position

As a successful applicant, you must:

– hold a PhD in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Law or Computer Science with an excellent academic record

– have experience with academic publications and/or academic projects

– be fluent in English (proficiency in other EU official languages will be considered an asset)

– be able to produce high quality, high impact research, both independently and as part of a team

– ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a research team

– experience in quantitative analysis, network analysis and familiarity with computational methods is a plus (not a must)

Postdoctoral Offer

We offer employment as a full-time postdoctoral researcher.

Contract: Full-time research fellowship for one year, renewable on an annual basis up to a maximum of three years. You will be expected to reside in Brussels and work at the VUB premises. Office space and equipment will be provided, as well as a budget for travel and other research-related expenses.

You will be supported by the Principal Investigator of the CODE project and other CSDS members to develop a publication strategy that will make him/her competitive in the academic market.

PhD fellowships

Profile PhD position

As a successful applicant, you must:

– hold a Master’s degree in International Relations, Social Sciences, Economics, Law or Computer Science with an excellent academic record

– be fluent in English (proficiency in other EU official languages will be considered an asset)

– have the ambition to produce high quality, high impact research, both independently and as part of a team

– be able to work constructively and effectively as part of a research team

– experience in quantitative analysis, network analysis and familiarity with computational methods is a plus (not a must)

PhD Offer

We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher.

Contract: Four years (fully-funded). The remuneration is equivalent to that of a full-time research assistant at a Flemish university. You will receive a scholarship amount linked to one of the scales set by the government.

You will be expected to reside in Brussels and work at the VUB premises. Office space and equipment will be provided, as well as a budget for travel and other research-related expenses.

You will be expected to devote most of your time to research; additional tasks will include occasional teaching, some minor administrative tasks, organising events and contributing to the overall development of the CODE project. You will prepare papers, attend conferences and produce research publications as part of the PhD.

Important Notice: Please be advised that the application deadline for both vacancies is Monday, April 8, 2024. All applications should be submitted via email to jobs_bsog@vub.be.
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