3-year postdoctoral position with focus on social media and political hostility
Aarhus University Department of Political Science

3-year postdoctoral position with focus on social media and political hostility






Published 24 May


Deadline 15 Sep


Expected start 1 Jan


    Department of Political Science Bartholins Allé 7 8000 Aarhus C


    Fixed term full-time position 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2022 ID: 1158



Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University invites applicants for a 3-year postdoctoral position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a research project with a focus on political hostility on social media.


The starting date is January 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The research project

The position is related to a research project led by Professor Michael Bang Petersen and is housed at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. It is part of the ROPH project (Research on Online Political Hostility), funded by 15.7 million DKK by the Carlsberg Foundation. The ROPH project seeks to identify the causes, consequences and potential counter-strategies related to online political hostility and gathers researchers from the fields of political psychology, evolutionary psychology, radicalization research, media science and physics.


Job description

The advertised position involves:

(a) combining and analyzing survey data and Twitter data to understand the effects of exposure to hostile news and comments and

(b) designing and implementing interventions against hostility on the Twitter platform.

Research will primarily be carried out collaboratively with other project members but there will also to some extent be opportunities for pursuing independent work within the focus of the project. The project includes funding for research assistants, data collection, traveling and workshops. In addition to the outlined research tasks, the position entails teaching equivalent to one course per year. Depending on the applicant’s prior teaching experience and the need for the applicant’s teaching capacity in the relevant years, a one-year extension in return for additional teaching is negotiable. This extension will be decided by the Department Chair no later than one year after employment.


Your qualifications

Applicants are expected to hold – or be close to completing – a PhD in relevant areas within political science, communication, psychology or cognitive science. In addition to an interest in conducting collaborative research within the focus area of the project, applicants must demonstrate knowledge of social media research, the ability to collect and conduct automated analyses of social media data, have an excellent command of spoken and written English, and preferably have experience with publishing in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Interested candidates should provide a short research proposal (max. 3 pages), outlining potential avenues for research related to the focus of the position. Please see the section below about Application procedure for the further requirements for the application.


Who we are

The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS – and specifically the Department of Political Science – has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.  


At the Department of Political Science, we emphasise a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 40 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment.


The research carried out at the department not only covers a variety of political science disciplines, but also represents a variety of methodological approaches. This not only enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear on the national and international political arenas, but also allows us to contribute actively to the development of the discipline. We also emphasise communicating our research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general.


For more information about the Department of Political Science, please click here.


Further information

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Michael Bang Petersen, Email: michael@ps.au.dk prior to submitting their application to learn more about the tasks.


If applicants need help uploading the application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel: +45 8715 3631, E-mail aak@au.dk


Place of work          

Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus C


International applicant?

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/


Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here:



Terms of employment

The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.


Application procedure

When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:



    Curriculum Vitae. You are encouraged to declare any periods of leave without research activity, including, for example, maternity leave, since your research activities are assessed in relation to your actual research time

    Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)

    List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)

    Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. In the event of several authors the publications must be accompanied by a co-author statement concerning the applicant's share of the collaborative work with the consent of the co-authors. Please use this template

    Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here



Materials which cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.


Read more about how to apply for an academic post at Aarhus BSS here


The evaluation process

After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.


All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.


Questions about the position?

Michael Bang Petersen


Michael Bang Petersen Professor, Department of Political Science +4587165729 michael@ps.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?


Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4587153631 bss.hr@au.dk



Deadline: Sunday 15 Sep 2019 at 23:59 CEST

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