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The Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, is one of the leading Political Science departments in the Nordic countries. The vibrant department houses several large research institutes. It houses the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, the Media, Opinion, and Democracy project (MOD), and the National Election Studies. The department is also a key actor in the SOM Institute. It has 130 employees, out of which more than 70 are faculty and researchers, and it hosts about 1,400 students. The department offers education on all levels; graduate and postgraduate levels as well as courses. Education is provided for in English and Swedish.

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 researchers 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

Job assignments

As a researcher 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. You will be asked to work particularly on the GLD Middle East and North Africa projects. The work may partly take place in the Middle East and/or Sub-Saharan Africa. As a researcher you will mainly conduct research but may be asked to teach in the department.


You should have a PhD in political science or related field. Given the short introduction and time of employment, we are looking for someone 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. Furthermore 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. 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, service provision, non-state actors, survey methodology and related empirical methods. Experience implementing surveys in the Arab world is required. Having participated in larger-scale research- and other projects is also required. Excellence in English orally and written is expected, competence in Arabic and/or French is a merit.

To be successful in this position you must have an eye for details, 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 skills 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.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, two years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: June 1st 2019.

Appointment procedure

Please apply online.

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 in so far as this is possible.

For further information regarding the position, please contact

Anna-Karin Ingelström, Administrative manager
+ 46 31 786 1190

Ellen Lust, Professor
+ 46 31 786 6534


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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 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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