Two-Year Post-Doctoral Research Position – researching the impact of the creation of a human right to water in a global perspective

The Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida together with Chr. Michelsen Institute seeks to fill a post-doctoral researcher position for a multi-year project that investigates the impact of the creation of a human right to water in a global perspective.

The project is named: Human Right to Water in Law and Politics: An Empirical Analysis, and is tied to the Natural resources & climate lawfare unit research project: Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?

Candidates must be able to undertake quantitative and qualitative research on the evolution, use, and impact of litigation, popular protest, and legislation that harness a rights-based approach to water policy. The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated interest in some of the following areas: human rights; water rights; comparative judicial politics; the interaction of judicial politics, political and social actors, and legislation; and should possess knowledge of descriptive statistics and regression analysis and the ability to develop competence in computational text and network analysis.

The second year of this two-year position is contingent on satisfactory performance during the first year. The position requires no teaching and includes a competitive salary, benefits, and research funds. The post-doc will be resident at UCF and supervised by Prof. Bruce Wilson (UCF) and work in close collaboration with Prof. Malcolm Langford (CMI/University of Oslo).


  • Actively engage with colleagues at the University of Central Florida and Water Rights group members at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway.
  • Contribute to efforts to build and consolidate (1) a water judgment database (2) expert and impact survey databases and (3) a legislative text corpus.
  • Conduct statistical and text analysis of the evolution and impact of a rights-based approach at a cross-country level and in specific project countries.
  • Lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations as well as non-academic publications (e.g., blog posts, websites or web-services).


A Ph.D. in political science, or a related social science, with strong quantitative training, is preferred. Prior experience working in a highly interdisciplinary research environment is a plus.

Application Process

To apply, send the following materials electronically no later than December 15, 2018, to Bruce M. Wilson

1) a letter of application, 2) graduate school transcripts 3) a current CV, 4) a 1-page statement of research and 4) three letters of recommendation and 5) a writing sample.

(Note successful applicant must have their doctorate before the start date of February 2019).