Research Assistant Position

The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (located in the School of Economics at the University of Barcelona) seeks to fill up to one research assistant position linked to a European Research Council-financed five-year research project on a cross-national historical comparison of electoral systems, electoral behaviour and party systems in advanced democracies. The Principal Investigator is Professor Carles Boix and includes scientific collaboration with major centres of research in Europe and the United States.

The Principal Investigator is looking for young political scientists, historians, sociologists or economists – preferably with strong quantitative skills. The position will have a duration of 1 year (with a possible one-year renewal for two consecutive years). The research assistant is expected to work about 30 hours per week. Salary comes with full social security benefits.

The research program is focused on the emergence of mass parties, the choice of electoral institutions, and the final crystallization of different party systems in Europe and North America during the transition to mass democracy (1850-1940). The project will combine innovative statistical, historical and geocoding techniques to explain the formation of diverse party systems as the outcome of political choices made at particular critical junctures that involved the creation of nonsocialist and socialist parties, the mobilization of their corresponding electorates, and the strategic response of political elites (often through the manipulation of electoral laws and sometimes through the creation of new electoral coalitions).

All applications should be submitted before May 24, 2017 to: Ms. Gina Xifra, Institutions and Political Economy Research Group, University of Barcelona, For further enquiries, candidates can contact the project’s academic coordinator, Prof. Jordi Muñoz by email:

Senior Fellow 2017-18

The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (located at Universitat de Barcelona School of Economics) seeks one senior research fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. IPErG supports empirical research on democratic politics, electoral behaviour, party systems, and electoral institutions, mainly with the financial support of the European Research Council. Applications are welcome from political scientists and scholars in related social science disciplines at any career stage with a PhD completed before September 30, 2015.

The senior fellow will pursue research and contribute to the intellectual life of the Research Group, and the University of Barcelona. The selected fellow must be in residence at the University of Barcelona during the academic term, and is expected to participate in the IPErG seminars, as well as occasional lectures, conferences, and other events. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary – when holding a faculty appointment at another academic institution, s/he will normally receive one-half their academic-year salaries for the appointment period, but this may vary depending on level of support from the home institution, applicable University of Barcelona benefits. The position will involve neither teaching nor administrative obligations.

Interested candidates may contact the principal investigator for more details by email: Candidates for the positions should submit: a cover letter, CV, a three-to-five page description of their research accomplishments and interests. All applications should be submitted before April 30, 2017 to: Ms. Gina Xifra, Institutions and Political Economy Research Group, University of Barcelona,