The Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a three-year position as a funded PhD scholar. The position is associated with the new Rewards at the Top project, which is hosted at the Department of Business and Politics of the Copenhagen Business School.
Politicians’ remuneration is a key element in the implicit contract between politicians and the people. The project is studying how people are willing to reward politicians, by how much they are willing to reward, which rewards politicians themselves prefer, and what rewards politicians get in practice. Thus the project’s main objective is to gain an understanding of the preferences of both the population and politicians for politicians’ remuneration, as well as what drives these preferences, and a more nuanced understanding of both the positive and negative rewards linked to being a politician. Such an understanding may be relevant to future debates about the extent to which and how we should remunerate our politicians – a question that is central to democratic political thinking.
The project will commence on February 1 2017. Professor Lene Holm Pedersen is the PI of the project. Please consult the project and work package presentation here in preparing proposals. You may also consult the web-site of the project. The PhD scholarship will be within the work package on preferences for rewards at the top (WPI). We are looking for candidates with strong analytical and methodological skills as well as an interest and experience in Political Science and Public Management. Knowledge of elite studies is an advantage, but not absolutely necessary. The position requires a candidate able and eager to engage and apply quantitative methods. We use survey methods and a discrete choice experimental approach, which is widely used within a wide range of scientific fields but has only recently been introduced to the field of political science. Advanced competence in these specific methods is not required but strong quantitative skills in general are necessary. In preparing a research proposal, candidates should demonstrate their ability to contribute to and enrich the principal components of the research project, as well as intellectual independence.
To fulfil the research requirements of the position, the successful candidate is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the research activities of the Department of Business and Politics. The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows PhD students to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses usually organized through the Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies (OMS). The programme is highly international, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about thePhD programme.
CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.
Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).
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