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Dear SOCNET-ers, I am setting up a new Corporate Network Analysis research
group at the University of Amsterdam. The two first positions just opened,
PhD and Postdoc level.
See below. (The project will be great fun!).


Postdoctoral researcher or Assistant professor in Global Corporate
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Amsterdam Institute for Social
Science Research
Publication date6 May 2015 Level of educationPhD Salary indication€3,324 to
€4,551 gross per month Closing date7 June 2015 Hours38 hours per week
Vacancy number15-159
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) is the largest
educational and research institution in the social sciences in the
Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7,500 students in numerous Bachelor and
Master programmes in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology,
Communication Science, Psychology, Social Geography, Planning and
International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. The academic
staff is employed in education as well as research. There are over 1,100
employees at the Faculty department, which resides in a number of buildings
in the centre of Amsterdam.

This is a position to work in the new CORPNET research group, funded by the
European Research Council and based at the Amsterdam Institute for Social
Science Research <> , University of Amsterdam. The
multidisciplinary team of political scientists, computers scientists and
sociologists will consist of ca. four PhD projects, two postdoc projects and
the PI you will be responsible to is dr. Eelke Heemskerk. The post is
available from 1 September 2015.
Job description 
Corporate Network Governance: Power, Ownership and Control in Contemporary
Global Capitalism (CORPNET)

Corpnet seeks to do what has so far eluded existing scholarship: to fully
explore the global network of corporate ownership and control as a complex
system. Using cutting-edge network science methods, the project explores for
the first time the largest database on ownership and control covering over
100 million firms. Exploiting the longitudinal richness of the new data in
combination with state-of-the-art methods and techniques makes it possible
to model and empirically test generating mechanisms that drive network

POSTDOC Project: Corporations, finance, and states in the global corporate

This subproject first zooms in on the role of the state as owner in the
global network of ownership and control. Although national states, as
analytical and geographical category, are less important than before, states
re-emerge in the global political economy as actors. Increasingly, states
are owners of corporate businesses, in particular in emerging markets. This
leads to urgent questions on the geopolitical implications of state
influence through corporations. This project deepens thoroughly our
understanding of the position of states in the global corporate governance
networks and explores the geopolitical consequences. Second, the project
investigates the role of financial institutions in the network. How central
are financial institutions to the overall structure, cohesion and
connectivity of the global corporate governance network? And how does this
differ for different regions, sectors and firms?
* Conduct original research through quantitative and qualitative (network)
methods on global corporate governance and corporate power;
* the writing up of research papers to be submitted to high-quality and
high-impact peer reviewed journals; and chapters in edited volumes;
* contribute to the Department’s teaching profile in the international
relations and/or political economy curriculum at both undergraduate and
postgraduate levels. The relation research / teaching is about 70/30;
* supervision of the PhD and MA students in CORPNET, helping them with
theoretical, methodological and practical guidance where necessary;
* regularly present intermediate research results at international workshops
and conferences, and publish them in proceedings and journals;
* coordinate the organisation of research activities and events such as
conferences, workshops and joint publications.
Ideal candidates:
* have obtained a PhD in political economy / political science /
socio-economics / business or management /  international relations or other
relevant field; 
* are an expert in global corporate governance (broadly construed);
* have a demonstrated interest and experience in network analysis,
preferably including complex network analysis / big data analysis / actor
based network modelling;
* are able to successfully combine qualitative and quantitative methods;
* have relevant teaching experience with outstanding evaluations;
* possess outstanding academic writing and presentation skills;
* have a proven ability to publish academic papers and / or monographs at
high ranking international peer-reviewed journals or publishers;
* are persons with initiative and excellent communication skills;
* possess organisational and leadership skills;
* are able to excel in a multi -disciplinary team;
* have well-developed analytical skills, creativity, precision, and
Further information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
* dr Eelke M. Heemskerk <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  and through
The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 2 (or 3) years
for 38 hours per week. In the first instance, a contract will be given for
12 months; if positively evaluated, the contract will be extended for
another 12 or 24 months. The gross monthly salary will be between €3,324 and
€4,551, excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year bonus, based on a
full-time appointment and depending on the appointee's qualifications and
experience. The Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch Universities
<>  is applicable.

The successful candidates will begin their projects on 1 September 2015.
Job application 
Applications must contain:
* a motivation letter, including a section on how the candidate will
strengthen the CORPNET research group and a section on research questions
that have the candidate’s interest, broadly construed but within the
boundaries of the CORPNET project goals;
* a full CV, including an overview of publications;
* two sample publications;
* two letters of recommendation.
Applications must be sent to [log in to unmask] before Monday 8 June
2015. Emailed applications should mention vacancy number 15-159 in the
subject line and should contain the documents as an attachment (in one
single pdf-file).

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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