Postdoc Position at the Department of Political Science University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science Denmark

Postdoc Position at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen


The Department of Political Science in cooperation with the Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, invites eminent candidates to apply for one or more two-year postdoc positions in social data science.  


Successful candidates will be expected to take up their position in April 2019. They will be integrated in one of the Department's research centres while also been affiliated with SODAS. As such, the post.doc will take part in building a new social data science research and teaching environment in Copenhagen.  


Candidates will have teaching and research experience in one or more of the following core areas:  

  • Storing and retrieving data (databases)  

  • Visualizing and communicating data  

  • Applied machine learning  

  • Research design and data analysis  

  • Statistical models and inference  

  • Experiments and experimentation with data  

  • Large-scale data mining and analysis  

  • Text as data  

  • Privacy, security, and data ethics

Preferred qualifications include a record of superior academic performance in a research group as well as on the individual level; the ability to be self-directed with broadly-defined limits on assignments; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse people in a highly multidisciplinary environment  



The Postdoc position requires a qualification at the PhD level. We particularly encourage applications from candidates with strong expertise in cross-sectional analysis and with substantive interest in political responsiveness, interest groups, public policy and/or public opinion research.  


Since the working language of both the project team and the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen is English, command of the Danish language is not a prerequisite for applying. Yet, since some tasks may involve communicating research to a wider Danish audience some knowledge of the Danish language would be regarded as an asset.  


Postdoc Job description  

A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term academic position. The position is heavily weighted in favor of research. Other duties (e.g. research administration) may, furthermore, have to be performed. The University determines the exact ratio between the various responsibilities. The ratio may vary over time.The postdoctoral researcher should expect the following duties:  

  • Research within the specific field of expertise  

  • Supervision of research assistants  

  • Teaching and supervision of students at the department  

  • Involvement in initiatives to attract external funding on social data sciene

Conditions of employment  

Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). A special tax scheme is offered for researcher’s recruited abroad, see here.



Applications must be in English and include the following information and documentation:  

  • A cover letter which identifies research projects, groups or centres at the Department where the candidates competences will be a valid asset as well as how the candidates competences will be relevant in a SODAS-context  

  • A full CV, including name, address, telephone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background.  

  • A list of three referees  

  • A complete and numbered list of publications. The publications enclosed in the application – maximum 2 - that the applicant would like the assessment committee to consider should be marked with an asterisk (*).

If publications marked by an asterisk (*) are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of the applicant’s contribution to each individual work must be clarified in the application, and if possible, a declaration from the co-authors or the head of the institution or office at which the work was completed should be enclosed as well.  


Application procedure  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here.  


The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in the positions to apply, regardless of personal background.  


Further information can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen (+45 21 18 10 48) or SODAS Director, Professor David Dreyer Lassen, (+45 35 32 44 12)  


Further information about the application procedure is available from HR-officer Rusan Elmazi, e-mail:, please refer to ID13140.


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.


The deadline for applications including enclosures is 1 January , 2018. Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.  


SODAS and the Department of Political Science  

The Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS) is research centre at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Copenhagen. The centre serves as the basis for a dedicated interdisciplinary social scientific agenda in education and research. The Centre serves as a knowledge hub for people at the Faculty, from students to faculty, with an interest in – or need for expertise in – variations over big data / computational social science / data science as well as an interest in science and technology study aspects of the use and abuse of such data. For more on the centre, see: here.

The Department is a top-ranked European political science departments which offers a vibrant and collegial working environment for ambitious scholars. The pluralism of Political Science in Copenhagen is evidenced in the various epistemological and methodological approaches as well as a wide-range of sub-fields adopted by faculty which is reflected in a wide-range of core subjects in the MSc programme. The Department is placed on an attractive, historic campus in central Copenhagen – a city which is continuously voted as one of the most liveable European capitals. Its location in a capital means that the Department has a strong tradition for engagement in policy development and in public debate –in Denmark as well as on the European policy-scene. 

The Department has 1,800 students in its BSc and MSc programmes in Political Science, 200 in the BSc and MSc programmes in Social Studies and 100 in the MSc programme in Security Risk Management. Furthermore, the department welcomes annually approximately 200 exchange and guest students from abroad. The Department is also actively participating in developing a new MSc programme in social data science. The Department consists of 76 faculty and 41 PhD students, and there are 20 administrative staff. 

See more on the Department’s strategy on our webpage here. For more on the Department’s study programmes, see: here.

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