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OPEN POSITIONS Data scientist to the Department of Political Science and GLD

The Department of Political Science has an open climate that encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialisation include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalisation, environmental politics and European studies. The Department hosts research programmes such as the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Centre for Collective Action Research, (CeCAR), Governance and Local Development (GLD) and the Swedish National Election Studies Programme. We offer several degree programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level, as well as freestanding courses. Education is provided in both Swedish and English. We have a total of 1 300 students and a staff of about 140. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

Do you find it rewarding to work in a creative developing environment and would like to be the person with IT-skills that the rest of the team depend on for solutions that bring our research to the next level?

Then apply for the open position as Data scientist at the Department of Political Science and the research Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD).

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is directed by Professor Ellen Lust and 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 at

Job assignments

The main assignment is to work with maintenance and development of scripts (R, Stata and others) related to processing collected data. This includes among other things, quality control checks, data cleaning, running and managing GLD survey data and other data sources. Other assignments include data coding, assisting various research projects with modeling, analysis and diagnostics, creating figures of research results for reports, articles and other publications.

The job is performed in close collaboration with the GLD team including the program director, project coordinator, post-doctoral research fellows, PhD students, interns, and affiliated faculty around the world.


We are looking for you with the right skillset to successfully carry out the above describe job assignments. You have an advanced degree in Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, IT, Finance or related field. You must have extensive knowledge of quantitative methodologies and analysis as well as skills in data processing.

You need to be able to think computational and have demonstrated knowledge of the program R or have the ability to achieve working proficiency in the program in a short amount of time. Experience of working with e.g. Matlab, Python, C++, C #, Java and SQL-scripts is an advantage. The ability to learn how to use new programs quickly is required. Knowledge of GIS and of Bayesian item response theory is an asset. To have experience in curating diverse datasets and designing visualization of data is also an asset.

Demonstrated knowledge and interest in surveys as well as governance and development research is an advantage, but not required. Previous experience in a research project, particularly with quantitative focus, is an asset.

To be successful in this position you should have an interest in the projects that GLD undertakes. You need to be able to work well with a large, fluid and diverse team. You have flexibility to adjust to changing priorities when needed. You must have an eye for detail, be good at planning, organizing and be a problem solver. We expect you to have excellent collaboration and communication skills. Fluency in English is required since it is the working language of the GLD Program. We will make an overall assessment and the applicant considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the duties described above will be appointed to the position.


Type of employment: Permanent

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

First day of employment:  As soon as possible.

Probationary employment 6 months. 


For further information regarding the position

Please contact

Professor Ellen Lust. Phone + 4631 786 6534, email:

or Administrative manager Anna-Karin Ingelström. Phone: +46 31 786 1190 email:


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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 ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.


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.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 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.

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.

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