Researcher to the Department of Political Science, GLD University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science Sweden

Researcher to the Department of Political Science, GLD


Diary id:
BY 2017/1228
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Political Science
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The Department of Political Science has an open climate which encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialization include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalization, environmental politics as well as European studies. The department houses research programs such as QoG institute, Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR),Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Governance and local development (GLD and The Swedish Election Studies Program. The department offers education on all levels; undergraduate, graduate and PhD, carried out in both English and Swedish. We have a total of 1,400 students enrolled in our courses, and 140 people are employed at the Department. 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. Read more about the research program on our website at

The Department of Political Science and the program of Governance and Local Development (GLD) is now searching for one or more Researchers full time during 2 years.


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. The work may partly take place in the Middle East and/or North Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa.




You should have a PhD in political science, sociology, economics or related field when assuming the position. 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 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.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years

Extent: Full time 

Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg 

First day of employment: 2018-09-01 or per agreement

Reference number:PAR 2017/1228


For further information please contact:

Ellen Lust, Professor 
+46 31 786 6534

Isabella Zander, HR officer
+46 31 786 1190

How to apply:

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.


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 2017-12-17. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


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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