One Postdoctoral fellow in Political Science

Ref PAR 2022/1413

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:

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow, to focus on on what V-Dem Institute is expected to  do research on in the research program on “Communities at risk: The impact of armed conflict on Human Development” funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.  

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.

This postdoc is for fulfilling the V-Dem Institute’s part  (Work Package 6) in the collaboration with Professor Håvard Hegre (Uppsala University) in the research program on “Communities at risk: The impact of armed conflict on Human Development” funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

The postdoc will study the impact of armed conflict on various aspects of political institutions. Using indicators from the Varieties of Democracy project, seek to distinguish between the effects on elections, on institutions ensuring legislative or judicial constraints, and on civil society and freedom of speech and association. The postdoc will also explore how these institutions work to help preventing armed conflict in the first place partly by establishing a sound counterfactual for the impact of armed conflict, partly to feed in to the conflict forecasting in another part of the overall research program. Finally, the postdoc will work with how to model how political institutions affect communities’ vulnerability to the impact of armed conflict. 

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.


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


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.

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

  • Explicit interest in conducting research laid out in the agenda of the in the research program on “Communities at risk: The impact of armed conflict on Human Development”, and solving the scientific problems identified, with demonstrated abilities to provide original, state-of-the-art, and creative solutions to such research problems.
  • Advanced statistical competences in areas such as regression techniques, machine learning, predictive modelling, and/or related approaches.

Advantageous criteria include:

  • Prior use of V-Dem and UCDP 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.

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.


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 I Lindberg,

If you have any questions regarding the employment procedure, please contact Helena Jensen,


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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.

Applicants are expected to visit and read in particular about Work Package 6.

The application should include the following:

  • The letter of application should include a self-evaluation of how the applicant’s qualifications and how s/he can contribute to the research in Work Package 6, and how the applicant otherwise meets the requirements above.
  • A CV
  • Research project proposal (max 3 pages) outlining how the applicant would suggest to work on Work Package 6 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.