We are inviting manifestation of interests for a prospective appointment of a post-doctoral researcher as part of the “EUComMeet” project funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme (call H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-2020).

The post-doctoral position is for a fixed-term of 24 months starting on 1st September 2021, residence in Turin is required. Gross salary is in line with Italian University and Collegio post-doc levels.

The call for manifestation of interest is non-binding upon the Collegio Carlo Alberto, the purpose of the call is to solicit suitable candidates to consider a future formal offer that shall be allocated by the Collegio, or one of its partners according to the rules applicable to the forthcoming offer.

EUComMeet is an international project that aims to explore under which conditions deliberation and participation can help reduce polarisation, strengthen European identity, encourage inclusiveness and narrow the representative gap between policymakers and citizens. The project will rely on a M4D2 (Multi-stage, Multi-Level, Multi-Mode, Multi-Lingual and Dynamic Deliberative) approach to developing Participatory Spaces using interactive technology.

The project is led by University of Siena, and includes several academic partners located in different European countries, in addition to the University of Stanford. Collegio Carlo Alberto is also a partner of the project.

Job description

The post-doctoral researcher will work in collaboration with a team of researchers at Collegio Carlo Alberto, which includes Prof. Stefania Ravazzi, Dr. Davide Morisi and Prof. Diego Gambetta.

The Collegio Carlo Alberto team will be in charge of testing the innovative M4D2 Participatory Spaces in schools and universities in five countries (France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Poland), in collaboration with the other partners of the project. A series of deliberative events will be organized within each country and across these countries using a unique online platform that permits real-time automated translation.

The post-doctoral researcher is expected to contribute to four main areas:

  1. Designing survey questionnaires, experimental interventions and information material that will be used in the deliberative events with high-school and university students.
  2. Coordinating the implementation of the events, from preliminary planning until completion of the events, especially in the city of Turin. This task includes coordinating the organization of the events, and liaising with school teachers and university staff on a regular basis.
  3. Analysing the collected data using different quantitative and qualitative methods, depending on the types of data collected.
  4. Disseminating the results through academic papers and policy reports.

The post-doctoral researcher is expected to be able to work both independently and as part of a team. S/he will also be encouraged to provide inputs throughout the development of the project and develop her/his analyses of the collected data.

The post-doctoral position does not involve teaching obligation, although teaching opportunities are available if the post-doctoral researcher wishes to teach a course or part of a course.

When not involved in the EUComMeet project, the post-doctoral researcher will have the opportunity to develop her/his research agenda and, if s/he so wishes, to join current research projects of the members of the Collegio.

Qualifications and competence


  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Social Psychology or related fields
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Italian (to deal with Italian students and school teachers) and English
  • Methodological competence with quantitative methods of data analysis and/or qualitative methods (such as interviews, participatory observation or content analysis)
  • Knowledge of Stata and/or R
  • Proven ability to write up research findings

Desirable but not essential

  • Research experience in topics related to deliberation, deliberative democracy, public opinion or policy making
  • Knowledge of automated and semi-automated methods of text analysis
  • Prior research experience in externally funded projects

How to express the manifestation of interest

Manifestation of interest should be sent by 15 June 2021 to the email: projects@carloalberto.org, and should include a CV and a two-page research statement including research interests as well as main qualifications with regard to this project.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview that will take place online or in presence at the Collegio depending on the general sanitary conditions between the last week of June and the first week of July.

Additional information

Inquires can be addressed to projects@carloalberto.org

A short description of the EUCOmMeet project is available at https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/959234

Collegio Carlo Alberto is a research centre and graduate school founded jointly by Compagnia di San Paolo and the University of Torino in 2004. It provides a stimulating multi-disciplinary environment formed by a group of experienced scientists from Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and Law. Its mission is to foster research and education in the social sciences in accordance with the values and practices of the international academic community.

English is the operating language of the Collegio.