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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 Governance

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Publication date
6 May 2015
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,324 to €4,551 gross per month
Closing date
7 June 2015
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

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 formation.

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

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 perseverance.

Further information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:


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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