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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.

Why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, and adequate healthcare, and other factors that promote human development, while others fail to do so? The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is a research program aiming to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally.

The Department of Political Science and GLD is now searching for one or several new post doctoral fellows whose positions are funded by Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council) and the successful candidate is expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program. Read more about the research program on our website at

Subject area

Political Science

Subject area description

Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, nation, government, and politics and policies of government on a national and international perspective.

Job assignments

As a post doctoral fellow you are expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program in collaboration with Professor Ellen Lust, as well as with other members of the GLD research team. The work may partly take place in the Middle East and/or North Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa.


The post doctoral fellow position is open to candidates who have received a PhD in political science or related field. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Those who graduated earlier may also be given consideration, if there are special reasons.


You should have a PhD in political science, sociology, economics or related field. We are looking for researchers with prior research experience as closely connected as possible to the above described project research area. You need to have high competence on local governance, and, in particular, the Middle East, North Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa. Extensive knowledge of quantitative methodologies and analysis as well as skills in data processing, demonstrated knowledge of programs such as Stata and/or R is required. Experience in programming surveys is an asset.

You should be able to independently produce scientific articles of high quality. Apart from the above you should have a record of accomplishments in one or more of the following project research areas: development, governance, service provision, non-state actors, survey methodology and related empirical methods. Experience implementing surveys and/or experiments in the developing world is strongly preferred. Having participated in larger-scale research- and other projects is also preferred. Excellence in English orally and written is expected, competence in Arabic, French and/or Swahili is a merit.

To be successful in this position you must have an eye for detail, be good at organizing and be a problem solver. You must be able to work well with a large, fluid and diverse team. We expect you to have very high communication and collaboration skills. We will make an overall assessment and the applicant considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the duties described above will be appointed to the position.


Fixed-term employment, two years, full time, 100 %, startdate June 1st 2019 or per agreement

Appointment procedure

The application should include a statement of how the applicant’s research agenda would contribute to the GLD research program, a C.V.,  one writing sample and a list of three or more references who can be contacted for letters of reference. We ask that applicants submit their application and related documents in English.

For further information regarding the position

Regarding the position please contact Professor Ellen Lust,  + 46 31 786  6534
– Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Administrative manager, Anna-Karin Ingelström,  +46 31 786 1190


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The application is to be written in English.


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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