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Research contract as part of the research project “Unconventional Central Banks: Making Monetary Policy in Hard Times” (code RBSI14KCWY)

The Scuola Normale Superiore announces a selection, based on work to date and interview, for a research contract as part of the research project “Unconventional Central Banks: Making Monetary Policy in Hard Times” (code RBSI14KCWY).
Application deadline: the application must be received by September 11th 2015


(Italian law 30 December 2010, n.240, art.22)

The Scuola Normale Superiore announces a selection, based on work to date and interview, for a research contract as part of the research project “Unconventional Central Banks: Making Monetary Policy in Hard Times” (code RBSI14KCWY).
The successful candidate will contribute developing a comparative research project that aims at examining the political and institutional determinants of central banks’ unconventional monetary policy in the advanced economies. Moreover, the successful candidate, who will work under the scientific supervision of the principal investigator, prof. Manuela Moschella, will support the research project by contributing to the development of a quantitative analysis of the documents and main publications issued by the central banks that are the object of empirical investigation.
The successful candidate will also support the principal investigator in the activities related to the publication of the research findings.

Duration of the contract: 2 years (estimated starting: October 1st 2015)

Annual gross compensation, inclusive of all taxes: € 26.664,00
In addition to salary, the benefit that comes with this job is generous financial support for participation to international conferences and workshops.

Application deadline: the application must be received by September 11th 2015 at the Scuola Normale.

Information about the selection procedure can be found below. Candidates are invited to read the official announcement published on the website of the Scuola Normale Superiore, at the following URL: http://www.sns.it/servizi/job/assegnidiricerca/assegno377/ and to follow exclusively its detailed instructions should they decide to apply.

Applications are invited from candidates who have completed a PhD in Political Science or Sociology.
Candidates who have completed the aforementioned degrees abroad may also apply, if said degrees are recognized as equivalent to Italian degrees.

Additional competence and/or experience relevant to the choice of the researcher: knowledge of English language; knowledge of content and discourse analysis as well as evidence of the ability to apply the relevant methodological techniques. Prospective candidates should not necessarily be experts in comparative or international political economy, but PhD graduates with strong quantitative skills.

How to apply
Candidates with all the aforementioned requisites who wish to participate in the selection process must present:

  1. the application, based on the attached model and drawn up on plain paper, signed;
  2. the photocopy (non-authenticated) of a valid identification document;
  3. a curriculum vitae containing a detailed description of the studies and professional experience, dated and signed;
  4. a list of all publications available online (including the information needed to retrieve them online, such as title, review, year, publisher, author/s, website etc.);
  5. any document, qualification, publication that the candidate believes may be useful to the evaluation of her/his application and a signed list of the aforementioned documents, qualifications, publications.

In order to submit the application and documentation listed above, candidates must use one of the following options:

  1. candidates can present the application form and documentation directly, during office hours, to the “Ufficio Protocollo” [Documents Registry Office] of the Scuola Normale, located at Via del Castelletto, n. 11, 56126 Pisa (Italy) and at Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Florence (Italy);
  2. candidates can send the application form and documentation by mail or courier to the same address. In this case, it is recommendable to write on the envelope “Bando n. 377 – research grant ‘Unconventional Central Banks’”. Please consider that the applications must arrive at the Documents Registry Offices of the Scuola Normale by the deadline; applications which will arrive after the deadline will not be considered even though the postmark shows an earlier date;
  3. candidates can send the application form using the electronic mail only if they possess an Italian certified electronic mail address (PEC - Posta Elettronica Certificata). In this case, they should send the application form to the address protocollo@pec.sns.it and follow strictly the instructions available here: http://www.sns.it/info02/pec/ (for Italian speakers) http://www.sns.it/en/scuola/istituzionale/amministrazione/protocollo/pec/ (for English speakers).

For any information about PEC, please see www.digitpa.gov.it/pec.

No other delivery method will be accepted.

Candidates that live permanently outside Italy may carry out the interview via Skype, provided they ask for it in the application form, specifying also their Skype contact and the related e-mail address. They also have to guarantee that the place where they will conduct the interview is provided with necessary equipment.
During the interview, applicants must show the identity card or passport that they had enclosed in copy with their application, otherwise they could not take part in it.
Online interviews will take place in a specific day and time decided by the Evaluation Committee, provided that they are public and could be followed by all other candidates staying in the room reserved for the interviews.
The wrong communication of the Skype Contact, as well as the missed connection at the date and time communicated by the Administration and the missed presentation of the identity card or passport cause the loss of right to participate at the interview and consequentially at the selection. Scuola Normale is not responsible for any technical problems that may arise during the interview.

Reference letters of experts in the field may be presented. If presented, they have to be, alternatively:
- enclosed in the same envelope containing the application;
- sent by e-mail by the referee/s, in pdf format, directly to the scientific coordinator of the project, prof. Manuela Moschella (manuela.moschella@sns.it), by the deadline.

For any information about the research project, interested candidates can get in touch with the scientific coordinator prof. Manuela Moschella (manuela.moschella@sns.it).
Administrative information or questions may be addressed to Paola Guarguaglini (Tel. (0039) 050/509723 – email: paola.guarguaglini@sns.it) or to Valentina Senesi (Tel. (0039) 050/509549 – email: valentina.senesi@sns.it).

The full announcement can be found on the Scuola Normale Superiore website at http://www.sns.it/servizi/job/assegnidiricerca/assegno377/