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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Bergen - Department of Comparative Politics

There is a vacancy for a Postdoctoral research fellow position at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, linked to research within the research fields of subnational government and electoral studies. The successful applicant will conduct research within the project “Strengthening Regional Democracy – Contributing to Good Democratic Governance” funded by the Trond Mohn Foundation (TMS) and the University of Bergen (UiB). The position is for a period of 4 years with a tentative starting date October 1st, 2019. 25 per cent of the position comprises obligatory duties at the Department of Comparative Politics.

The Department of Comparative Politics offers bachelor's and master’s programmes in comparative politics, as well as a bachelor's programme in European studies. Research at the department is organized in three research groups: Challenges in Advanced Democracies; Democracy and Development; and Citizens, Opinion and Representation.

About the project

The project “Strengthening Regional Democracy – Contributing to Good Democratic Governance” sets out to facilitate good democratic regional governance by identifying the causal mechanisms underlying regional voting and by assessing how regional representation is affected by regional voting. By studying regional democracy, the project team will seek to contribute to understanding the role of regions in multilevel democracies at a time when considerable decision-making and budgetary powers are channelled towards regional government.

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow who can contribute to the overall research project and conduct independent research linked to important questions of governance and democracy at the regional level. The project team will develop survey questions which enables the team to observe how citizen’s voting preferences and regional politician’s role perceptions change under different contextual situations. The successful candidate will develop questions to be fielded through the Digital Social Science Core Facility (DIGSSCORE) at the University of Bergen (UiB) which maintains a panel of voters and a panel of politicians. These panels will be annually surveyed by a Research Unit on Regional and Local Governance set up by the principal investigator (Arjan Schakel) and which connects local collaborators to the project team. There is ample opportunity for the successful candidate to field questions for own research objectives. There is also plenty opportunity to collaborate with the other team members, i.e. one postdoc, one PhD candidate, one research assistant and the principal investigator. A full outline of the project can be obtained by contacting the principal investigator Dr. Arjan Schakel (link to e-mail

We can offer a professionally challenging working environment, good welfare benefits, and enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. Salary will be at pay grade 59 – 62 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 490.900 to 517.700 pr. year). The Department of Comparative Politics provides for a welcoming and empowering research environment offering good working conditions. The city of Bergen offers a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature.

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Location: Bergen - Norway
Salary: NOK490,900 to NOK517,700
£45,316.45 to £47,790.44 converted salary* (grade 59 - 62 )
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 4th April 2019
Closes: 5th August 2019
Job Ref: 19/524
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