Postdoc in Political Science

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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, at the centre of the city and at the centre of the debate. In 2022, the ShanghaiRanking’s Academy of World Universities ranked the department number 1 in Sweden, 5 in Europe and 19 in the world in political science. We are very research-active and offer a lively research environment with several thematic seminar series and internal workshops. 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 Institute (GLD) and the Swedish Electoral Research Program. We offer 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.

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow, to conduct research within two projects on comparative politics/ political economy, funded by the Swedish Research Council. This is a 2-year position.

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

As a postdoctoral fellow, you are expected to conduct research in the field of comparative politics with a focus on political economy and/or environmental policy. We are particularly interested in understanding people’s attitudes towards government regulations through surveys and experimentally designed research. This work combines opportunities to work with already outlined studies, as well as opportunities to independently develop your own ideas with project members. The tasks consist partly of designing and conducting survey experiments on people’s attitudes to rules, norms and authorities (where issues such as legitimacy and corruption are in focus). The project will partly focus on African countries, but also welcomes a comparative focus on other regions. The work will take place in collaboration with Professor Sverker Jagers and Associate Professor Aksel Sundström at the Department of Political Science and a number of other researchers in an international environment.


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 at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. We are looking for you with previous experience of research in connection with the research area described above.

The project will be based on two different approaches, experimental research method and survey analysis. It is therefore a requirement with extensive documented experience in either experiment-based research projects (design and implementation), quantitative data analysis, survey programming and / or extensive experience in large n data analysis.

Documented experience of STATA and / or R is a requirement.

You should also be able to independently produce high-level scientific articles. Previously published self-written scientific articles are therefore a merit.

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 excellent 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 placed at the Department of political Science. Starting date; as soon as possible 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 Aksel Sundström

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


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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. In the selection process, it will likely be relevant with interviews, reference taking and working samples.

The application should include the following:

  • A letter of application (max 2 pages), outlining how your research agenda can contribute to this project. It should clearly show the ways in which the applicant meets the requirements specified above.
  • A CV (including list of publications)
  • One writing sample
  • A list of at least three references (with contact information) from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited

Applications must be received by: 2023-01-24

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.