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Postdoc in Political Science

University of Gothenburg - V-Dem Institute

Start Date: Spring/fall 2024

Job description:

We invite applications for one or more post-docs, to conduct research within the V-Dem Institute research programs. This is a 2-year position, 100% of full-time.

The postdoc(s) is primarily expected to conduct team-based research on the main questions of the research programs at the V-Dem Institute: “Varieties of Autocratization” (V-Aut), and/or “Endangered Democracies: Sequences of Autocratization” (EDSA) in collaboration with the PI and the existing team members. Applicants can read about these projects and download various documentation from https://v-dem.net under “Our Work/Research Programs”. V-Dem-, V-Party, and ERT- data are typically used in the research for these projects but also data from the Digital Society Project. We are particularly looking for candidates with interest and qualifications to focus on further development and issue solving with regards to the measures of autocracy and autocratization.

Research at the Institute is commonly conducted in teams and co-authorships with one or a few team members are common. While all researchers at the Institute are encouraged to participate actively in these collaborations, they also have guaranteed time to work on individual projects. One of V-Dem’s strengths is the flexibility and collaborative spirit of everyone at the Institute, focusing on reaching the goals of the data collection and research program. 

A doctorate in political science or a closely related subject is required at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application period should be considered.   

Applications will be evaluated primarily on research excellence in comparative politics with a focus on authoritarian regimes, comparative democratization, autocratization, and/or regime transitions. We are particularly interested in candidates that study the role of institutions including but not limited to political parties, as well as those studying disinformation or effects of democracy/autocracy.

Candidates must have a strong record in one or more of the following areas:

  • Explicit interest in further extending the research agenda of the V-Aut/EDSA program with demonstrated abilities to provide original, state-of-the-art, and creative research.
  • Track record of high-quality publications in relevant areas.
  • Strong competence in advanced time-series, cross-sectional regression techniques,  sequencing algorithms, and/or associated techniques, and/or observational/experimental microlevel methods.
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English. 

Advantageous criteria include:

  • Prior use of V-Dem data in applied research or similar evidence of familiarity with the project.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience with cross-national expert-coded data, Stata, and R programming skills, as well as experience with observational/experimental data gathering and analysis.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, flexibility, and very good ability to do teamwork in different configurations.
  • Experience working collaboratively on a large-scale research project.
  • Documented experience of outreach, especially translating and communicating research to policy-makers/practitioners in things such as policy briefs, descriptive reports, op-eds and newsletters, and/or social media.

Great emphasis is placed on personal suitability for the position. 

How to apply:

Applications are submitted online, by clicking the 'Apply' button 

The application should include the following:

  • Letter of application (max 3 pages), outlining how your research agenda can contribute to this project. It should clearly show the ways in which the applicant meets the requirements specified above.
  • Research proposal (max 2 pages)
  • CV, (including list of publications)
  • One writing sample
  • A list of at least three references (with contact information) from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited 
Location: Gothenburg - Sweden
Salary: Negotiable
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd October 2023
Closes: 15th November 2023
Job Ref: PAR 2023/1086
   
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