Assistant Professorship in Political Science
Aarhus University Department of Political Science

Assistant Professorship at Department of Political Science






Published 24 May


Deadline 17 Jun


Expected start 1 Nov


    Department of Political Science Bartholins Allé 7 8000 Aarhus C


    Fixed term full-time position 1 Nov 2019 - 31 Oct 2023 ID: 851



The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for 1 assistant professorship position of 4 years. The position offers applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new externally funded research project on Nordic approaches to radicalization prevention (HEXNA) as well as projects focused on the importance of personality in public leadership carried out at the Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership.


The starting date is November 1st 2019 or subject to mutual agreement.


The HEXNA research project

This project investigates how variation in multiagency approaches to preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism shape perceptions of the approach’s legitimacy and levels of mutual trust – among involved public stakeholders as well as citizens – in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Furthermore, the project asks to what degree variation in perceived legitimacy and trust is linked to variation in the effectiveness of multiagency collaboration and prevention of radicalization. Methodologically the position calls predominantly for experience with survey design and the analysis of survey experimental data. Data will be collected among the core professional groups of the Nordic multiagency approach to radicalization prevention – school teachers, social workers and police officers – but also the general public and the policy target groups (vulnerable youth/communities). The project is funded by NORDFORSK.


Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership: Personality and public leadership

The leadership center aims to provide relevant knowledge to public managers and decision makers at all levels about leadership that contributes to goal attainment in different types of public (and private) organisations. Personality plays a significant role for the leadership behavior of both political and administrative leaders, and it is a prioritised research topic in the leadership center. The applicant should therefore have motivation and competences to do innovate research on personality and leadership, using existing data in the center and collecting new data. Many of our papers are coauthored, and the new assistant professor will become a vital part of an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on top-level research, high-quality teaching and co-creation of knowledge with practitioners. Experience with and/or interest in field-experimental methods is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. 



Job description

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the HEXNA-project by being involved in data collection, data analysis as well as writing journal articles and other publications. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the study of personality and public leadership at the Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership.

Besides contributing to the specified project and center objectives, candidate will have the opportunity to define his/her own research areas within the overall framework of the HEXNA-project and the Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership.


In addition to these research tasks, the successful candidate will take part in teaching activities within the sections of Political Sociology and Public Administration and Management at the Department of Political Science.



Your qualifications

Candidates must hold a PhD relevant to the academic areas of the Department of Political Science and have research experience of broad relevance to the advertised position.


The HEXNA-project involves primarily quantitative studies including surveys and survey experiments. Candidates with strong methods competencies in one or both of these areas are therefore preferred. In addition, experience with measuring personality and analysing individual differences in leadership behaviors, preferences, perceptions etc. is preferred.


Candidates must be able to teach selected courses about political sociology and public leadership.


Personal skills e.g. in regard to communication and collaboration will also be considered.


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

For further information about the position and the department, please contact principal investigator Lasse Lindekilde: +45 8716 5706 Email:


If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Mette Fisker Præstegaard, tel.: +45 87152497, email:


Place of work

Place of work is Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus



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. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here and 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 may be submitted. 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 that 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 position 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.



Questions about the position?

Lasse Lindekilde


Lasse Lindekilde Professor, Department of Political Science +4587165631

Questions about application and proces?


Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4587152497



Deadline: Monday 17 Jun 2019 at 23:59 CEST

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