Postdoctoral Research Officer

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Department of Government


Postdoctoral Research Officer


Salary from £37,197 to £44,802 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £48,168 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for 24 months


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research officer, tenable from 1 September 2022 (or within 6 months of that date) for 2 years.


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who has a keen interest in political behaviour, skilled in quantitative methods, is enthusiastic about applying new analytical techniques, and has a high level of proficiency in statistical software (e.g. R). Ideally, the applicant also has experience with quantitative text analysis, analysing survey data, designing survey experiments and/or causal inference.


The successful candidate will take part in the research activities of the COVIDEU project and work closely with Professor Sara Hobolt and the rest of the COVIDEU team. The COVIDEU project is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and conducted by Heike Klüver (consortium leader, Humboldt University Berlin), Sara Hobolt (LSE), Theresa Kuhn (University of Amsterdam), Michał Krawczyk (Warsaw University) and Toni Rodon (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). The project examines the effect of the Covid-19 crisis on citizens’ Eurosceptic attitudes, their solidarity with other Europeans and the electoral performance of political parties. The project builds on insights from political behaviour, economics and political communication and relies on a multi-method approach combining survey, observational and geocoded data with natural, survey and field experiments as well as natural language processing technologies.


The successful candidate should have, or be close to obtaining a PhD in political science or a closely related discipline (e.g. data science/ psychology/ behavioural economics) by the post start date and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.


We offer the successful candidate the opportunity to conduct and publish cutting-edge research as a part of an international project team and work in a vibrant research environment at a world-leading university.

We also offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the ‘contact us’ links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page.


Should you have any queries about the role or the project, please email Professor Sara Hobolt (  


The closing date for receipt of applications Is 9 June 2022 (23.55 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.