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Postdoctoral Position in Social Media, Representation, and Political Behavior

University of Copenhagen - Department of Political Science

Location: Copenhagen - Denmark
Salary: starts at DKK 35,700 per month + a 17.1 % contribution to the pension scheme
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th October 2022
Closes: 1st November 2022

The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invites candidates for a postdoctoral position in Social Media and Political Representation. The starting date is 1 February 2022 with room to negotiate either an earlier or later start. 

The position is for 1 year with the possibility of extension. 

Introduction

The Department of Political Science offers a dynamic environment around the fields of Social Media, Representation, and Political Behavior, which seeks to produce high-caliber research on timely societal questions. 

For more on the Department and its pluralistic academic environment, please see https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/       

Job Description

The postdoc will be employed as part of the project “Social Media and Political Representation” (SoMeRep) led by Professor Anne Rasmussen and Assistant Professor Gregory Eady and funded by Denmark’s Independent Research Fund. The project uses experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive research to examine what the shift toward social media means for inequalities in democratic representation. It investigates how social media impacts civic engagement, political responsiveness, political discourse, and topics related to social media more broadly. 

The position covers a variety of tasks related to the research process, including: 

  • Developing experimental, quasi-experimental or descriptive research designs in the social media context 
  • Collecting data through original surveys, APIs and/or web-scraping 
  • Cleaning and analyzing those data 
  • Collaborate in writing and publishing papers 

The postdoc will participate in collaborative research work closely together with Rasmussen, Eady, and other project members. There is a strong potential for the postdoc to contribute to the design and implementation of new research ideas within the overall project.  

Your Competencies and Opportunities

The candidate must hold (or be close to completing) a PhD degree in Political Science, Data Science, Economics, Sociology or related fields. Other key qualifications include: 

  • A good grasp of relevant academic literature (e.g. research on (inequality in) political representation, social media, incivility, gender, ethnicity, and/or organized interests). 
  • Strong academic writing skills. 
  • Experience with developing and applying quasi-experimental and experimental research designs 
  • Extensive experience with coding and data management in common statistical programming languages (e.g. R, Python, or Stata). 
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaborate with other members of the research team. 

The position offers a range of attractive opportunities for the candidate, including: 

  • Being part of a vibrant and ambitious team that aims to produce high quality research. 
  • The opportunity to develop an independent research agenda within the overall project. 
  • Being part of a strong environment within Political Representation within the Department. 
  • Funding for conferences, additional training etc.  

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences

The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by: 

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change. 
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better. 
  • Energizing global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by research findings with impact. 

For more on the Faculty strategy, see: https://samf.ku.dk/fakultetet/strategi/. You can read the Department’s strategy here https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/strategy-plan/.

The closing date for applications is 1 November 2022 23:59 CEST

Read the full job description and apply at the university homepage 

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