Associate Researcher to the Department of Political Science and GLD

Ref PAR 2022/552

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Political Science has an open climate which encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialization include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalization, environmental politics as well as European studies. The department houses research programs such as QoG institute, Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), Varieties of Democracy (V- Dem), Governance and local development (GLD) and The Swedish Election Studies Program. The department offers education on all levels; undergraduate, graduate and PhD, carried out in both English and Swedish. We have a total of 1,300 students enrolled in our courses, and 140 people are employed at the Department. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg. 

Why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, and adequate healthcare, and other factors that promote human development, while others fail to do so? The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is a research program aiming to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. Read more about the research program on our website

The Department of Political Science and GLD are seeking a research associate to work with two new projects: one which examines subnational variation in crisis response, with an aim to understand how individual and community factors have affected governance and outcomes in response to the Covid-19 crisis, and a second which explores the impact of international aid on poverty. Both projects will be implemented in Malawi. 

The Associate Researcher position is a fixed term position for 12 months.


Job assignments

  • Assist with background research and literature reviews
  • Assist the Program Director with the design and implementation of preliminary fieldwork, community case studies, focus groups
  • Assist in drafting questions and conducting interviews with development practitioners, government officials and other elites
  • Assist in development and implementation of survey questionnaire
  • Assist the Program Director and Head of Data in developing analysis plans
  • Perform exploratory analyses on data
  • Draft policy briefs and assist in drafting academic articles
  • Present findings
  • Supporting other team members with research and administrative tasks as needed.

The work tasks will vary by proportion and content.




  • An MA degree in political science, economics, sociology, or a relevant field
  • Extensive research experience
  • Fluency in Chichewa or Chitumbuka (written and spoken)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)


  • Experience in conducting and analyzing qualitative case studies, focus groups, household surveys and/or elite interviews
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative methods and data analysis
  • Experience in writing publishable academic articles and/or reports and policy briefs
  • Experience in presenting research results
  • Previous participation in large-scale research programs and projects
  • Experience working internationally or with people from different cultures
  • Understanding of poverty traps and/or community resilience

We are looking for a candidate who is flexible and well-organised and comfortable working individually and in a team.



The type of employment is fixed term 12 months. Extent 100 %. Start date as soon as possible.


Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact

Rose Shaber-Twedt, Programsamordnare
Phone:+ 46 31 786 4028

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact

Administrative Manager Åsa Adin
Phone: + 46 31 786 1190


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The application should include a cover letter, a CV and 1 English writing sample (preferably a previous academic work, i.e., thesis, course paper, etc.)

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Applications must be received by: 2022-05-11.

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

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