Postdoctoral Research Associate (Push*Back*Lash) (Italy)

University of Exeter
February 22, 2024
Offerd Salary:£32,982
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Full time
Working type:N/A
Ref info:N/A
Job details

Job reference


Date posted


Application closing date



Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £32,982 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Contractual hours




Job category/type



P92046 JD.pdf
Postdoctoral Research Associate (PushBackLash) (Italy)

Job description

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

This UKRI funded, full time 8-month post is available in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Anthropology from March to support the work of Isabelle Engeli.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

The post

The successful applicant will contribute to the data collection, coding, and analysis of the Italian policy agendas. They would also conduct a qualitative case study on the policy dynamics related to gender+ issues in Italy. There may additional related tasks during the period of appointment.

The post is part of the Horizon Europe/UKRI funded project PushBackLash (10038117) PushBackLash investigates the relationship between democracy and the advocacy of/opposition to gender+ equality using a wealth of analytical and methodological approaches. You will join a dynamic, international, and interdisciplinary team working closely with 11 project partners located in 8 European countries. You will be based at the University of Exeter and contribute to the Work Package 3 “Dynamics of Contestation on Gender and Sexuality Issues” which analyses the dynamics in policy attention toward gender+ equality issues across space, time, and institutional venues.

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in the research fields of gender and politics, and/or sexuality and politics, and with a regional focus on Italy. We are open to and warmly encourage applications from researchers from political science, public policy, policy administration, sociology, law, or other related disciplines in social sciences or humanities.

A fluent command of English and Italian is required. Training in case study research and interview is essential.

About you

You will:

  • Possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • Be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the field and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes
  • Be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies
  • Be fluent in English and Italian
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26wks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6wks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and 47% is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    Further information

    For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Isabelle Engeli, [email protected]

    From this employer

    Recent blogs

    Recent news