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Associate Researcher to the Department of Political Science and V-Dem Institute

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.

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), headquartered at the V-Dem Institute, is a large-scale data collection and research-program offering a new approach to conceptualize and measure democracy. The data is collected through a yearly data collection cycle and by the assistance of 3,000 local experts, the resulting dataset with 450 indicators is the largest of its kind.

The data is a public good which have been used by more than 50,000 users globally. V-Dem has also developed a set of online resources for analyzing, tracking and benchmarking of strengths and weaknesses of democracy in all countries. Students, NGOs, governments, development agencies, and media across the world can benefit from the nuanced, comparative and historical data. In addition to data collection and a cutting-edge research program, V-Dem collaborates with organizations such as the World Bank, Foreign Ministries, International IDEA and UNDP, among many others. You can learn more about V-Dem here.

The Department of Political Science and V-Dem is searching for an associate researcher for a 6 month temporary employment, after this there may be a call for a permanent position.

Job assignments

The position as associate researcher at V-Dem takes on the role as Analyst and Data Operations Manager and is together with program and data managers one of the core functions at the V-Dem institute. The position can be divided into three main areas; coordination, data collection and curation as well as analytical work.

Coordination: the Analyst and Data Operations Manager is together with program and data managers responsible for the coordination and management of the yearly data collection cycle, this includes coordination of and cooperation with up to 10-15 people in the team and operational responsibility for parts of the cycle.

Data Collection and Curation: collection, processing, implementing quality controls as well as troubleshooting/bugs of the data. It also includes working with the Country Expert surveys and database management, among many things. The Analyst and Data Operations Manager is also responsible for a number of the key reference, such as the V-Dem codebook.

Analytical Work: the Analyst and Data Operations Manager participates in various research projects and in V-Dem's policy outreach program by authoring different types of reports, policy briefs as well as the annual V-Dem Democracy Report.

The associate Researcher will during the temporary employment primarly focus on the first two areas: coordination and data collection.

By being part of the V-Dem team as well as by attending seminars and academic conferences, the associate researcher is able to stay up to date on the latest research findings and interact with world leading scholars. All V-Dem staff is able to attend trainings relevant to their position. The position may include travels.


Advanced degree in Social Science is required. Previous experience of working with democracy research, or a demonstrated interest in democracy is required. Experience of working with V-Dem data and methodology is an advantage, as well as past experiences of analytical work and research.

Previous experience of coordination and management is an advantage, preferably in a research project with data collection processes and database management and with a quantitative focus.

Skills in using the Office software packages, especially in Excel, are required. Knowledge of data processing in programs such as STATA and R are main assets. Basic knowledge in SQL, and Latex is an advantage and the ability to learn how to use new programs quickly is important.

You are analytical, pay attention to details, and a problem solver. Your time management skills are excellent and you are efficient. Your well-developed communication skills as well as collaborative skills enable work in large and diverse teams. High proficiency in spoken and written English is required as this is the working language at the Institute. 


Type of employment: Temporary employment. 
Extent: Full time
First day of employment: September 3rd 2018, or according to agreement. 
Location: Department of Political Science

For further information regarding the position

If you have any further questions please contact; Programme Coordinator Josefine Pernes, phone + 46 31 786 6912 or Administrative Manager Anna-Karin Ingelström, phone +46 31 786 1190.


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