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The Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, is a leading Political Science department in the Nordic countries. The department hosts several large research programs, including the Quality of Government Institute (QoG), the Centre for European Reasearch (CERGU), the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, the Media, Opinion and Democracy (MOD), and the National Election Studies. It has 140 employees, out of which more than 70 are faculty and researchers, and it hosts about 1,400 students.

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a large-scale data collection and research program headquartered at the V-Dem Institute, Directed by Professor Staffan I. Lindberg. See also the project’s international website

Job assignments

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization (FASDEM). Details and project description can be found here:

One of V-Dem’s strengths is the flexibility and collaborative spirit of everyone at the institute, and we assume a willingness to contribute to coding of data, quality control, data management and/or teaching during peak periods. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow may be asked to perform such tasks up to one-third of full time employment (FTE).


The position is open to candidates who (at the time of assuming the position) have a PhD in political science or related field. 

Applications will be evaluated primarily on research excellence in areas of relevance to one of the projects listed above. Research at high international level in the field of comparative democratization, autocratization, regime breakdown, authoritarian regimes, and/or political development, is required. Excellence in English (orally and written) is a requirement.

Qualifications in one or more of the following areas are meritorious:

  • Prior use of V-Dem data in applied research or similar evidence of familiarity with the project.
  • Explicit interest in further extending on the sequencing methods developed in the FASDEM program
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and analyzing surveys in an international context. Work on survey experiments is also meritorious.
  • Strong competence in advanced time-series, cross-sectional regression techniques, Vector Auto-Regression (VAR), sequencing algorithms, optimal matching methods, Monte Carlo chains, and/or Dynamic treatment regimes.
  • Demonstrated R programming skills and analysis using STATA.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, flexibility, and very good ability to do teamwork in different configurations.
  • Experience working collaboratively on a large-scale research project.
  • Documented experience with service to the profession and collaboration with the surrounding community.

We will make an overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications and select one or more judged to complement the rest of the team in the best way possible for the needs of the research programs. Personal qualities and team-working skills are highly relevant for the position and are of great importance.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months, full time in residence.
Extent: 100 %

Location: V-Dem Institute, Department of Political Science, Gothenburg, Sweden
Employment: Starting Spring 2021, or latest by 2021-09-01

Appointment procedure

Please apply online.

Applicants are expected to visit the website and read program documents. The application should clearly relate to the FASDEM research program.

The letter of application should include a self-evaluation of how the applicant’s proposed research agenda would contribute to the above listed research program, and in which ways the applicant meets the requirements specified above.

Attach to the application: a CV, an excerpt of citation count from Google scholar (including H-index), and one writing sample. The application should also include a list of at least three references from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited.

Supplementary documents which cannot be emailed, such as publications/books should be sent to the following address:

University of Gothenburg
Department of Political Science

Box 711
SE-405 30 Gothenburg Sweden

Reference number, PAR 2020/934, should be clearly stated when sending supplementary documents.

For further information regarding the position
Please contact;

Staffan I Lindberg, Professor, Director & Principal Investigator
+46 31 786 1226

Anna-Karin Ingelström, Administrative Manager
+46 31-786 1190,


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Closing date: October 18th 2020.


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Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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