Call for a Post-Doc Fellow

Oct. 2, 2018 news

Jobs & Opportunities

Researcher, (one or more) in Political Science, with focus om Varieties of Democracy

The Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, is one of the leading Political Science departments in the Nordic countries. The vibrant department houses several large research institutes such as the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), The Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, the Multidisciplinary Opinion & Democracy Research Group (MOD), the National Election Studies, and the Program on Governance and Local Development at Gothenburg (GLD-G). The department is also leading partner in the SOM Institute. The department hosts 140 employees, out of which more than 70 are faculty and researchers, and 1,400 students.

Job assignments

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research programs Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Varieties of Autocracy (V-Aut), or Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization (FASDEM). Project descriptions can be downloaded here: 

One of V-Dem’s strengths is the flexibility and collaborative spirit of everyone at the institute, and we assume 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 position is open to candidates who (at the time of assuming the position) have a PhD in political science or related field.

We will hire one or more candidates depending on funding situation. Applications will be evaluated primarily on research excellence in areas of relevance to one of the projects listed above. Research at high international level in the field of comparative democratization, autocratization, regime breakdown, authoritarian regimes, and/or political development, is required. Beyond those areas, we may also employ a candidate with a strong record in Bayesian IRT-modelling. Excellence in English (orally and written) is a requirement.

 Excellence in one or more of the following areas are meritorious:

  • Explicit interest in further extending on the research agenda and sequencing methods developed in the FASDEM program; the research objectives of the V-Aut program on autocracies and autocratization; or one of the subprojects of the V-Dem program.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing and analyzing surveys in an international context. Work on survey experiments is especially meritorious.
  • Competence in advanced time-series, cross-sectional regression techniques and panel analysis, Vector Auto-Regression (VAR), sequencing algorithms, optimal matching methods, Monte Carlo chains, and/or Dynamic treatment regimes.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience with Bayesian IRT-modeling in the cross-national expert-coded data context. R, JAGS and STAN programming skills.

 We will also consider:

  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, flexibility, and very good ability to do teamwork in different configurations.
  • Experience working collaboratively on a large-scale research project. Prior use of V-Dem data in applied research or similar evidence of familiarity with the project.
  • Documented experience with service to the profession; collaboration with the surrounding community and policy practioners in particular with regards to writing texts tailored to reach non-academic audiences.

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


Fixed-term employment, 23 months, full time in residence 
Extent 100 %
Location: V-Dem Institute, Departement of Political Science at University of Gothenburg 
First day of employment: Spring 2019 or latest by September 1st, 2019.

Appointment procedure

Please apply online.

Applicants are expected to visit the website  and download program documents. The application should clearly relate to one or more of the research programs.

The letter of application should include a self-evaluation of how the applicant’s proposed research agenda would contribute to one of the above listed research programs, and in which ways the applicant meets the requirements.

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
Department of Political Science

P.O Box 711
SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Reference number: PAR 2018/1282, should be clearly stated when sending supplementary documents.

For further information regarding the position

Professor Staffan I Lindberg,

or Programme Coordinator  Josefine Pernes,


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. Please write you application in English. 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.

Application: please press here.

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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