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OPEN POSITIONS Two-Year Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Project ‘Legitimacy outside the State: Governing the Global Internet’

The School of Global Studies (SGS) at the University of Gothenburg invites applications for a two-year full-time postdoctoral research fellowship. The position forms part of a research project led by Professor Jan Aart Scholte on ‘Legitimacy outside the State: Governing the Global Internet’. The post mainly involves research on this project, but opportunities also exist to finish other publications, as well as to teach (to a maximum 20% of full-time).

The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg

The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg produces top-quality research, teaching, and public engagement on today’s key global challenges. The staff of over 100 faculty and PhD researchers examines global questions and their governance in disciplines and areas such as peace and security, international relations, development studies, anthropology, regional studies, cultural heritage, environmental studies, gender, human rights, and migration. The School’s work is highly international, cross-disciplinary, and policy-relevant.

Project Description

The project ‘Legitimacy outside the State: Governing the Global Internet’ runs for three years 2018-20 with funding from the Swedish Research Council. It examines the workings of legitimacy in private global governance, using as a case study the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

More specifically, the research investigates: (a) how much legitimacy private global governance attracts; (b) the sources of that legitimacy; (c) the processes that generate legitimation of nonstate governance of global concerns; and (d) the consequences that having or lacking legitimacy has for the operation of private global governance.

These questions are explored through the case of ICANN, a pivotal regulatory body for the global Internet and one of the furthest developed arrangements of private authority in world politics. Unique access to ICANN policy circles is used to conduct an elite survey of 300 respondents, generating rich qualitative and quantitative data for the first comprehensive and systematic analysis of legitimacy in private global governance.

The project is closely aligned with a concurrent six-year research programme on Legitimacy in Global Governance (LegGov), with fifteen researchers at the Universities of Gothenburg, Lund and Stockholm. The postdoc will thereby be part of a vibrant larger research endeavour. SGS also includes a supportive interdisciplinary research cluster on Regional and Global Governance.

Subject area

Peace and Development Research

Specific subject description

Legitimacy outside the State: Governing the Global Internet

Job particulars

Within the project the postdoctoral fellow will contribute: (a) to the theoretical framing; (b) to the preparation and execution of a survey interview questionnaire; (c) to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of the data; and (e) to author, singly and jointly, publications from the data. The project includes funds for fieldwork at ICANN meetings as well as presentations at academic conferences.


Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree from Sweden or an equivalent degree from another country by the date of the application deadline. Preference will be given to candidates who have been awarded the doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline and who have not held a postdoc position within the same or similar subject area at the University of Gothenburg for more than one year. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, etc.


Applications will be judged against the primary criteria of: (a) theoretical and empirical knowledge of global governance in general and Internet governance in particular; (b) demonstrated skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methods; (c) publication potential; (d) full fluency in spoken and written English; (e) capacity to work in a research team; and (f) ability to communicate research findings to societal audiences beyond academia. Other language competence, particularly in French and Spanish, can be an additional asset.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for two years with a fixed term contract with at least 80 percent dedicated to research and up to 20 percent other duties (usually teaching or supervision). Interviews will be held 8 February 2018. The preferred start date is 1 April 2018, or later per agreement.


Please include the following information with your application (* = mandatory):

•    Your contact details and personal data*
•    Your highest degree*
•    Your language skills*

In addition, please include the following documents:

•    Motivation letter describing your interest in and suitability for the position*
•    CV, including degrees and other completed courses, work experience, and a complete list of publications*
•    Copy of your PhD diploma*
•    Two letters of recommendation*
•    Publications (no more than 3 files)

For further information

Regarding the position please contact Professor Jan Aart Scholte, +46 704 50 20 74, jan.scholte@globalstudies.gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete the application in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and to submit before the deadline of 31 January 2018.

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed in 2 copies to: University of Gothenburg, Andrea Iriarte, School of Global Studies, Box 700, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.

Clearly quote reference number PAR 2017/1591 when sending complementary documents.

Applications should be written in English

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact: rekrytering@gu.se

Closing date: 31st of January 2018

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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