Post doctoral fellow (1-2) to the Department of Political Science and the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science Sweden

Post doctoral fellow (1-2) to the Department of Political Science and the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication


Diary id:
PAR 2019/20
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Political Science
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The research program Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequenecs and Cures (KR) is searching for 1-2 post doctoral fellows who are expected to conduct research within the framework of two of the work packages of the research program headed by Professor Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson and (The Department of Political Science) and Professor Jesper Strömbäck Department of Journalism, Media and Communication).


The research program Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequenecs and Cures (KR) is a six-year research program 2019-2024, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens jubileumsfond). The main objective of this ambitious cross-disciplinary program is to investigate the nature and causes of knowledge resistance, the tendency not to accept available knowledge. This represents the first concerted effort to provide a unified framework within which to investigate knowledge resistance. The Principal Investigator of the research program Professor in Philosophy Åsa Wikforss at Stockholm University. More than fifteen researchers from four disciplines – philosophy, psychology, political science and media and communication research – participate in the program.

More information can be found at the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences website.


Two of the four work packages of the program – in political science and media and communication research – is placed at the University of Gothenburg. The political science team, will study the moderating effects of partisanship and ideological predispositions on the propensity to misuse or resist evidence, more specifically under what conditions predispositions are helpers or blinders to citizens when evaluating politically relevant political information in an increasingly heterogeneous information environment. Among other things, the media and communication research team will study the supply of misinformation in traditional, digital and social media, as well as the roles of selective exposure, selective attention, and media trust in processes of knowledge resistance.

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Subject area

Political Science and Media- and Communication Science


Job assignments

A post doctoral fellow in the research program KR is expected to publish original research that harmonize with the aims of the research program, in close collaboration with professor Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson, professor Jesper Strömbäck, and other researchers engaged in the program. A post doctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg can be assigned to teach up to twenty percent of the working time.



A 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.



The applicant must have a PhD in political science, media- and communication science or a similar discipline. Accumulated experience in opinion research, media studies, and political psychology is required. Knowledge of quantitative research and analysis, such as experiments, panel studies and/or qualitative or automated content analyses, is a requirement, as is a documented experience of statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata and/or R. Excellent English skills, oral and in writing, is required since the working language within the program is English.  


To be successful in this position you must have an eye for detail, be good at organizing and be a problem solver. You need to be able to work together with a large and diverse group of researchers and assistants. We expect that you have excellent communication and collaboration skills. We will make an overall assessment and the applicants 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, start date May 1st 2019 or per agreement


Appointment procedure

The application should include a statement of how the applicant's research agenda would contribute to the research program Knowledge Resistance: Causes, Consequenecs and Cures, a C.V.,  two-three writing samples and a list of three or more references who can be contacted for letters of reference. 


For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact:
Professor Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson,, + 46 31 786 4666
Professor Jesper Strömbäck,,  + 46 31 786 4934
- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact 
Anna-Karin Ingelström, + 46 31 786 1190
Isabella Zander,, +46 31 786 63 10



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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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to:

University of Gothenburg
Anna-Karin Ingelström
Box 711
405 30 Gothenburg

The application is to be written in English.


Closing date: February 18th 2019


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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