Call: Programmer to the V-Dem Institute

Dec. 20, 2016

Job assignments

The job assignment includes a broad range of duties relating to the web application supporting the collection, processing and analyzing of the approximately 350 V-Dem indicators, with some 16 million data points collected to date. Development of existing and new features of the above mentioned analysis tool is included in the job assignment.  

The database has been constructed by an active user base consisting of more than 2,600 Country Experts around the world, through the use of a custom-written Python application with a Postgres database backend, built upon the Django web framework. As such, the programmer is responsible for maintenance of the existing web application and database backend, along with the development of new features going forward.


A degree in computer science or equivalent competence is required.  

Extensive knowledge of database driven web application programming is a must. Demonstrated knowledge of Python, JavaScript, and SQL in a Linux environment is required. Experience working with jQuery, Stata, R, PostgreSQL, and/or FileMakerPro is a merit. The ability to learn how to use new programs quickly is required. You are expected to have excellent skills in using office software packages, especially in Excel.  

Knowledge in democracy and development research is an advantage, but not required. Previous experience in a research project, particularly with quantitative focus, is merit Fluency in English both oral and written is required (working language at the Institute). 

You need to have an eye for details and a good problem solver. You are expected to have strong time management skills as well as the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively as part of a larger team.

Additional information

• CV 
• Motivation letter 
• Your application should include examples of previous work that illustrate your programming skills.


January, 20th 2017


Apply here.

More information

For further information please contact Josefine Pernes, or Toni Ilievski, Human Resources Officer,

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