Job Vacancy: “Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Political Science, Comparative Politics of Ecological Transitions”, Deadline April 25 (Sciences Po CEE, France)

Status: Private sector employment as Assistant Professor with tenure track
Discipline: Political science
Profile: Comparative Politics of Ecological Transitions

This recruitment opening will be an opportunity, for the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, to strengthen its research and teaching capacity in Comparative Politics and Policies focusing on Ecological Transitions.

For several decades, the environment has been studied as a new area of mobilization and policy-making. This research agenda has been profoundly renewed in the context of two phenomena: first, the climate crisis and its impact on biodiversity loss and global warming; second, the growing attention given to environmental issues by public opinions and social movements as well as to vivid socio-political and ideological debates about alternative ecological transitions policies.

We seek candidates in any of the following areas:

  • Ecological transitions in a multi-level governance context
  • The (des)integration of ecological issues across policy sectors and their organizations
  • Expertise and knowledge contributing to the policy process
  • The role of social movements and mobilizations in ecological transitions
  • The social and political transformative effects of ecological policies

The appointee will hold a PhD. He or She will be able to conduct empirical and theoretical investigations to explore ecological transition politics (climate, energy, biodiversity, pollution, circular economy) in a comparative perspective, focusing especially on Europe. We welcome applications from excellent candidates in the field, with a strong international experience and advanced publication records in comparative political research and methods (qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods).


The appointee is expected to develop her or his research among the four major research areas of the CEE:

  • Transformations of Capitalism;
  • The State as a producer or Public Policies;
  • Cities, Borders and (im)Mobilities;
  • Tensions in Representative Democracy.

The appointee will be fully integrated into the Sciences Po Interdisciplinary Research Programme on the Environment [AIRE], as well as in the Centre for Earth Politics (Centre des Politiques de la Terre) established between Sciences Po and Université de Paris.

Teaching and Service:

Applicants must be able to teach in English at the graduate level on the Paris Campus and at the undergraduate level in one of the seven Sciences Po Campuses. 

Annual teaching duties typically comprise three courses of 24 hours each (a combination of lecture and seminar); faculty members are also required to provide a further 56 hours of complementary service (this includes tutoring, evaluation of applications for admission, examination and so forth).  The total hours of service are 128.  
During the three years of the tenure track, teaching duties are reduced to two 24-hour master classes (lectures or seminars) and 40 CM hours of complementary services.

Applications from women and other under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.   


Applications must be electronically submitted before 25th April 2021 (midnight) to the following email address: recruitment.cee[at]

The application must include the following documents:

  • A cover letter presenting the research projects that the applicant intends to pursue;
  • A CV and a complete list of publications;
  • 3 publications showing the range and quality of research by the applicant;
  • A synopsis of courses taught and, if possible, course evaluations.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The selection committee will check applications and establish a short list of candidates who will be invited to present their research to the academic community at Sciences Po during a ‘Job Talk’.

The expected start date is September 1, 2021 


Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (UMR 8239)

The CEE is a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to Comparative Political Analysis.

President of the selection committee:

Richard Balme, Professor at Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics

Administrative contacts:

Linda Amrani, General Secretary, linda.amrani[at]

Silvia Duerich-Morandi, Executive Assistant, silvia.duerichmorandi[at]

Sciences Po is an institution of higher education and research in the humanities and social sciences. Its permanent research community – 250 professors and researchers – is built around 12 established and internationally recognized entities (including 6 units jointly run with the National Center for Scientific Research – CNRS ), and is divided into 5 academic departments (Sociology, Political Science, History, Economics, and Law).