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Predoctoral Fellow in Political Science

University of Bergen - Department of Government

Location: Bergen - Norway
Salary: NOK509,300 or £38,749.58 (converted salary*) Gross annual
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th July 2024
Closes: 15th August 2024
Job Ref: 24/7701

The Department of Government at the University of Bergen, Norway, invites applications for a Predoctoral Fellow. This full-time, fixed-term position is available for 12 months and is classified within the university system as "research assistant." The role is capped at a maximum of two years.

Role Overview

This position is ideal for candidates planning to pursue an academic career, particularly those aiming for a PhD. The Predoctoral Fellow will support academic staff in teaching and research activities. Working under the guidance of Associate Prof. Carlo Koos, the fellow will engage with various research projects at the intersection of international relations, political institutions and comparative politics (details at: https://www.carlokoos.com), gaining practical experience in scientific methodologies and academic research. Responsibilities include research assistance, teaching support, and administrative duties. Candidates are advised to familiarize themselves with the project portfolio and publications of the supervisor.

Key Responsibilities

The candidate will assist and support in the following types of tasks:

  • Identifying quantitative sub national data sources such as surveys, administrative data, and geolocated data, focusing on peace, conflict, and development
  • Coding qualitative data using both manual and machine learning techniques
  • Generating new data through GIS, web scraping, and text analysis
  • Performing data analyses and literature reviews
  • Project management, including monitoring and follow-up
  • Undertaking various administrative tasks, including workshop coordination and managing social media content. 

Qualifications and personal qualities:

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Political Science, Economics, or a related Social Science field, completed by the application deadline
  • Solid understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Experience with statistical software such as Stata, R (markdown, quarto), or Python
  • Proficiency in English
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Good collaboration and communication skills
  • Capacity to manage a high workload
  • Topical interest in international relations, peace & conflict, and development

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with qualitative methods and content analysis
  • Experience in research projects
  • Intent to pursue doctoral studies

We can offer:

  • A professional and supportive work environment in Bergen
  • Opportunities for preparing for a PhD
  • Gross annual salary as research assistant (code 1020) NOK 509300, -.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Application process:

Interested candidates must apply by clicking “Apply for this job” on this page. Applications must include a CV, copies of diplomas, certificates of education, your MA thesis and grade, potentially other publications, and relevant documents, all translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Closing date: 15 August 2024. The application has to be marked: 24/7701.

Potential candidates will be invited for a small data analysis task and for an interview.

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Associate Prof. Carlo Koos, e-mail carlo.koos@uib.no

Information about the application procedure can be directed to HR Advisor Gudrun Horvei, email gudrun.horvei@uib.no 

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