JUNIOR (Post-Doc) Fund

JUNIOR (Post-Doc) Fund

As part of Charles University’s constant efforts to develop and strengthen its research base we are keen to recruit high-quality post-doctoral research fellows from abroad to work at top University or Faculty centres and contribute to the University’s strong research profile.

The goal of the International Post-Doc Stays Fund is to attract prospective international post-doc researchers, who will carry out research within a specific field. Selection of the researchers is carried out in the first step by the relevant research centre or department of the faculty responsible for the research; in the second step by the Charles University‘s Research Board that makes the final selection.

See more information of the Fund here.


A new call for applications has been announced. Due date is 23rd July 2021.


Please see the required documents here.

List of actual post-doc positions

A list of actual post-doc positions at the Faculty of Social Sciences are:


|1| Title of the research project:


Department of Security Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences consistently and systematically pursues advanced research at the crossroads of security and technology, as demonstrated by the activities of its centre of excellence Periculum / Human-Machine Nexus and International Order (https://periculum.cuni.cz). To continue and expand this tradition, the department now seeks a candidate with outstanding research skills and provable track record in various possible areas which could be related to further inquiry into the interconnection between the study of security or conflict and the technology of virtual reality (VR).

Given the novel and fast-evolving nature of the field, we encourage and will gladly assess applicants with various backgrounds, including – but not limited to - security studies, conflict studies, political science, psychology and technology. We seek innovative researchers with experimental leanings, willing to cross disciplinary boundaries. Specifically, we are interested in young scholars with an ability to bridge and creatively work with the technology-social science divide. The successful candidate is expected to substantially contribute to establishing and developing a VR-based conflict research centre situated at the department, including involvement in activities to secure additional funding for the endeavour.

Expected outcomes of the post-doctoral fellowship include two high-quality journal articles (Jsc or Jimp), partial involvement in the training of Ph.D. candidates and mutually enriching interaction with other members of the Department. Upon further agreement, the post-doctoral fellow will also have an opportunity to be involved in existing teaching activities and is envisioned to prepare her or his general course on the core topic of the research.


Workplace: Institute of Political Studies

Contact: PhDr. JUDr. Tomáš Karásek, Ph.D.

E-mail: tomas.karasek@fsv.cuni.cz

Position available from: January 1, 2022


Deadline date for applications: July 23, 2021

Applicants must submit required documents or queries to: Tomáš Karásek: tomas.karasek@fsv.cuni.cz



|2| Title of the research project:


During the first twenty years following the 1989 revolutions in Central Europe, we witnessed and analyzed the consolidation of democracy (construction and stabilization of institutions, the institutionalization of the parties and the party system, and so on). During this period, political science research focused mainly on questions such as the transition from the communist regime to democracy, Europeanisation, etc. However, this has changed during the last decade - since the onset of the economic and financial crisis, but also strongly influenced by the migration crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the region and the scholars studying it are faced with some new questions, while many initial questions about democracy in the region gained new urgency.

Thus an opportunity emerges to revisit traditional themes and study new ones while redefining the scope of our research. The quality of democracy, linkages between parties and citizens, varieties of populism(s) regained prominence. And new phenomena emerged - including but not limited to novel concepts such as illiberal democracy, backsliding, and swerving. Especially the rise of populism in Western and Central-European countries offers the opportunity for new comparative research - broadening the scope beyond the post-communist space and bridging the East-West divide prevailing in comparative politics.

Revisiting the classical paradigms about populism and democracy (cf. Canovan 1981) is a possible starting point in reconsidering the extent to which (some forms of) populism might be considered antithetic to democratic pluralism due to the emphasis on the supremacy of the general will (cf. Urbinati 2018). At the same time, the nature of populism is contested and multifaceted (Zulianello 2020). The definitions of populism and its effects (both positive and negative) on democracy vary according to the author’s views of democratic politics. Scholars analyze the relationship between populism and democracy differently, and we wish to encourage further research in this area.

We are searching for a post-doc candidate that would focus on the general topic of populism. The candidate should focus on specific aspects of this large phenomenon, but he has to address the relationship of populism(s) to democracy. The candidate is expected to be equipped with a strong theoretical and methodological background.


Workplace: Institute of Political Studies

Contact: Assoc. Prof. Michel Perottino, Ph.D.

E-mail: michel.perottino@fsv.cuni.cz

Position available from: January 1, 2022


Deadline date for applications: July 23, 2021

Applicants must submit required documents or queries to: Michel Perottino: michel.perottino@fsv.cuni.cz



|3| Title of the research project:


During several previous decades, world politics rested on an evolving, but still rather persistent type of an international order. This order was to a large extent based on the dominant position of the United States (USA). Yet it also involved several important normative elements, represented by liberal principles, intensive global economic cooperation, or international institutions. To a high extent, the US-led order was sustained by the demand coming from the other states, which saw it as an enabling arrangement for dealing with global problems such the spread of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, global economic crises, or environmental degradation.

At this moment, this order that has so far characterized international politics is facing several important challenges. One of the factors that weaken it is the increasing activism and influence of some of the developing countries. Those countries often hold different views about the appropriate form of international order, putting a greater emphasis on the principles of sovereignty and justice. The unipolar arrangement is also questioned by the changing distribution of power in the international system, marked by the decreasing position of the USA and the strengthening of the so-called rising powers. Last but not least, a part of the turbulent development can be attributed to social and ideological changes taking place in the developed countries.

Within this topic, we are searching for a post-doc candidate that would identify and explore an important issue that has to do with the contemporary transformative processes in international politics. The candidate should definitely dispose with a strong theoretical and methodological background. This background should enable him/her to contribute to the international academic debates. As for a concrete research topic, we are rather flexible. The concrete topic would need to be in some way connected with the changing characteristics of world politics. In this context, we welcome proposals that may deal with the cooperative, as well as conflictual aspects of world politics. In terms of issue areas, we are ready to consider proposals that may be concerned with security issues, international economic relations, or any other substantive field of the contemporary international relations.


Workplace: Institute of Political Studies

Contact: Assoc. Prof. Jan Karlas, Ph.D.

E-mail: jan.karlas@fsv.cuni.cz

Position available from: January 1, 2022


Deadline date for applications: July 23, 2021

Applicants must submit required documents or queries to Jan Karlas: jan.karlas@fsv.cuni.cz


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Previous research areas

You may find list of research areas from previous call here.