One Postdoctoral fellow in Political Science

Ref PAR 2022/1412

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 is an open and socially engaged institution, in the middle of the city and in the middle of the debate. Our research revolves around elections, democracy, corruption, forms of government, globalization, the environment and politics, as well as European issues. The department hosts research programs such as the Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Governance and Local Development (GLD) and the Swedish Electoral Research Program. We have education at all levels, undergraduate advanced level and postgraduate level, as well as independent courses. Teaching is given in both Swedish and English. In total, about 1,400 people study with us. The Department of Political Science has around 160 employees.

 Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a large-scale, international data collection and research-program. The V-Dem Institute, Directed by Professor Staffan I. Lindberg, is the headquarters but also hosts several additional research programs. For more information: https://v-dem.net

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow, to conduct research within V-Dems research agendas, currently funded by Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Research Council . This is a 2-year position, 100% of full-time.

Subject area

Political science

Subject area description

Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, nation, government, and politics and policies of government on a national and international perspective.

Job assignments

The employment as a postdoctoral fellow aim to give the employee an early opportunity to develop independence as a researcher after completing a doctoral degree and to create the conditions for further qualifications. The person employed as a postdoctoral fellow should mainly conduct research. Teaching can be included in the work duties, but to a maximum of one-fifth of the working time.

A postdoc is primarily expected to conduct research on the main issue the research program “Varieties of Autocratization” (V-Aut): Depict and explain how democracies die (autocratization)”. Applicants can read about the program and download various documentation from https://v-dem.net under “Our Work/Research Programs”.

Coding of data, quality control and/or data management during peak periods may be part of the work. Outreach and collaboration with institutions in society may also be part of the job.

Eligibility

Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is someone who has a doctorate in political science or a closely related subject at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application period should be considered. Even those who have completed their degree previously can be considered if there are special reasons.

For more information regarding eligibility please visit The appointment procedure GU 2022/38

Assessment

You must have a doctoral degree in preferably political science or related discipline. We are looking for a candidate  with previous experience of research relating to the research areas described above.

Applications will be evaluated primarily on research excellence in comparative politics with a focus on 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.

Candidates must have a strong record in one or more of the following areas:

  • Explicit interest in further extending on the research agenda of the V-Aut program and solving the scientific problems identified, with demonstrated abilities to provide original, state-of-the-art, and creative solutions to such research problems.
  • Strong competence in advanced time-series, cross-sectional regression techniques, sequencing algorithms, optimal matching methods, Monte Carlo chains and/or associated techniques.

Advantageous criteria include:

  • Prior use of V-Dem data in applied research or similar evidence of familiarity with the project.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, flexibility, and very good ability to do teamwork in different configurations.
  • Experience working collaboratively on a large-scale research project.
  • Documented experience of outreach, especially translating and communicating research to policy-makers/practitioners.

Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English.

To be successful in this position, you must have an eye for detail, good organizational skills and be able to solve problems. You need to have very high communication and collaboration skills.

Great emphasis is placed on personal suitability for the position. We will make an overall assessment and the applicant who is considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the tasks described above will be appointed to the position.

Employment 

The employment is limited (temporary) for 24 months, 100% of full-time and is currently placed at the Department of Political Science. Starting date; September 2023 or as agreed.

For more information please visit The appointment Procedure, GU 2022/38

Contact information for the post 

If you have questions regarding the employment, or details about the projects in which this position is organized, please contact Prof. Staffan Lindberg, staffan.i.lindberg@pol.gu.se

If you have any questions regarding the employment procedure, please contact Helena Jensen, Helena.Jensen@gu.se

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

Application 

To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to create an account in our recruitment system. Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline. 

We kindly ask you to write your application in English as the application may be reviewed by English-speaking staff. The recruitment process will consist of interviews and references may be contacted.

The application should include the following:

Applicants are expected to visit http://www.v-dem.net  and read the program documents as well as some of the working papers/articles produced.

The letter of application should include:

  • A self-evaluation of how the applicant’s qualifications and proposed research agenda would contribute to the research program, and how the applicant otherwise meets the requirements above.
  • A CV
  • Research project proposal (max 3 pages) outlining the issues the applicant would suggest to work on if hired,
  • One writing sample.
  • The application should also include a list of at least three references from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited.

Applications must be received by: 2022-12-11

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.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.