ERC Post-Doctoral Researcher – Call open as of April 15, 2022

I am currently hiring a post-doctoral researcher on a two-year contract as part of my ERC Starting Grant project on “The Experience of Poverty in the Post-Industrial Economy” (ExpPov). The selected candidate is planned to start around September 1, 2022, and will be based at Bocconi University in Milan, though some flexibility around start date and temporary remote working situations can be discussed.

How to apply? The formal application details can be found here at the Bocconi website. To apply, please visit this page, then select “Apply Online” for the call listed under “DONDENA” with the description tags of “13/A2 ECONOMIC POLICY, 14/D1 ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY”. All applications should be submitted by June 1, 2022 (though earlier is generally advised). Please include a CV, cover letter, and writing sample. No recommendation letters are required. Potential applications should refer here for official details on the job posting. Below, I answer a few general questions that I expect to come up during the application process.

What is the ERC project and how will the selected applicant contribute to it? The aim of the ExpPov project is make major advancements in our understanding of the measurement, sources, and consequences of poverty and social inequality in high-income countries. The project will, for example, collect new data on the dynamics and dimensions of poverty across the European Union and United States and will work to understand how social policy interventions causally affect patterns of poverty and inequality. Additionally, the project will study the intergenerational persistent of poverty across countries, and what specific interventions can break the link between childhood poverty and adult poverty. The project will focus broadly on how poverty and social inequality interact with labour market outcomes, family formation, and the welfare state using a mix of primary and secondary data sources. The selected candidate will contribute to one or more of the major themes within the project, ideally aligning with the candidate’s interests and/or prior research.

What experiences or characteristics should the ideal applicant have? The ideal candidate will have experience in applying quantitative research methods to study poverty and/or social inequality, and should have a strong interest in social policy in advanced economies. The candidate’s duties will be to assist in primary quantitative data collection; to analyze the measurement, sources, and consequences of poverty and social inequality; and to contribute to coauthored studies within the framework of the project. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated research experience through published papers (or papers with clear potential to be published in respected journals).

Will this post-doctoral opportunity help prepare me for a career in research and/or academia? Ideally, yes! I hire post-docs recognizing that this is, for most, designed to be an in-between stage linking the PhD experience to a tenure-track job in academia. With that in mind, I will work the selected candidate to help prepare for the tenure-track job market, which includes building a more competitive CV through the publication of high-quality studies that stem from this ERC project. The position comes with financial support to attend conferences and/or give talks at other institutions, and I am happy to work with the selected candidate to improve their job talks, application materials, and general readiness for the tenure-track job market (or non-academic job market for those who prefer that route).

Does Bocconi offer visa support for non-European students? Yes, potential applicants from all nationalities and backgrounds are encouraged to apppy. Bocconi will assist in the visa process for those do who not hold passports from an EU Member State.

Why Bocconi? Bocconi is consistently ranked among the top 5 social science research universities in Europe (alongside Oxford, Cambridge, and LSE). The Department of Social and Political Sciences at Bocconi is a large, vibrant, and international department that unites scholars from economics, social policy, sociology, political science, economic history, public administration, and more. The selected candidate will be offered a competitive salary, will be provided office space, and will be integrated into the academic community within the Dondena Centre on Social Dynamics and Public Policy.

Why Milan? Milan is a large, lively, and international city that still offers all of the great qualities of being in Italy. The city is easy to integrate into and offers strong public transportation options, an abundance of cultural and culinary options, and comfortable living. On top of all that, you are one short train ride away from the mountains, the lakes, and the sea. Spend your weekends navigating Lake Como, hiking the Cinque Terre, or skiing in the Alps.

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What if I have additional questions? Please send me an email at if you have any questions or if you want to discuss the position in more detail.