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Researcher (1-2) in Political Science, with a focus on Varieties of Democracy

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 24 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: starting 2017-08-15, or latest by 2017-09-01
Reference number: PAK 2016/1809

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. The department is also a key actor in the SOM Institute responsible for comprehensive annual public opinion surveys. It has 140 employees, out of which more than 70 are faculty and researchers, and it hosts about 1,400 students. The department offers courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in both English and Swedish.

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a large-scale data collection and research program. The V-Dem Institute, Directed by Professor Staffan I. Lindberg, has several large-scale grants from among others the European Commission, several ministries of foreign affairs, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Research Council, Marcus & Marianne Walenberg’s Foundation, and Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

A description of the program can be found in the document linked in the column to the right. See also http://www.pol.gu.se/varianter-pa-demokrati--v-dem-/ where the document is also posted, as well as the project’s international website https://v-dem.net).

Job assignments

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is expected to conduct research primarily in collaboration with the Principal Investigator of V-Dem, Staffan I. Lindberg, with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program

One of V-Dem’s strengths is the flexibility and collaborative spirit of everyone at the institute, focusing on reaching the goals of the data collection and research program. This includes 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 V-Dem Research position is open to candidates who (at the time of assuming the position) have a PhD in political science or related field.

V-Dem is seeking to replenish our research agenda and we are therefore particularly interested in scholars characterized by curiousity and creativity, that present exciting new ideas and who have a strong record of accomplishments in or more of the following areas:

- Comparative democratization (e.g., sequencing of democratization, democracy and development, democracy and governance/corruption, elections and democratization, or other areas)

- Regional expertise

- Research methods (e.g., aggregation, Bayesian IRT-modeling, experiments, expert coding in data collection, causal inference in time series analysis, sequencing algorithms and methods, or related methods).

Previous experience from larger-scale research- and other projects are meritorious, as well as competencies in data management.

The candidate demonstrate resourcefulness, flexibility, and very good ability to work together in different configurations

Excellence in English (orally and written) is expected, competence in Arabic, French, Spanish and/or Portuguese is a merit.

We will make an overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications and select one or two judged to complement the rest of the team in the best way possible for the needs of the institute. Personal qualities relevant for the position are of great importance.

Related information

For further information please contact

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

Anna-Karin Ingelström, Administrative Manager
031-786 1190


Labour union

OFR/S: Madelen Hansson
031-786 6635

SACO: Maja Pelling
+46 31-786 1165

+46 31 786 1173

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

Please apply online.

Applicants are expected to visit the website http://www.pol.gu.se/varianter-pa-demokrati--v-dem-/ and download the program description document titled ’Research program description'. The application should clearly relate to this program description.

The letter of application should include a self-evaluation of how the applicant’s proposed research agenda would contribute to the V-Dem 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
Anna-Karin Ingelström
Department of Political Science?
P.O Box 711
SE-405 30 Gothenburg Sweden

Reference number, PAK 2016/1809, should be clearly stated when sending supplementary documents.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

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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