Researcher in Political Science
Stockholm University Department of Political Science

Researcher in Political Science (Temporary employment) Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-1900-22

at the Department of Political Science. Closing date: 27 June 2022.

The Department of Political Science is a dynamic and strong education and research department at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. The Department aims to be nationally leading and internationally prominent within its field of research and education.

Project description
The position is part of the research project – ”Renegotiated civil and military boundaries - Turning government communicators into online agents of cyber warfare”, financed by the Swedish Research Council. The project studies how government communicators in four European countries handle fake news in complex policy fields with many stakeholders. The successful applicant will be part of a small team of researchers at Stockholm University and the Stockholm School of Economics.

Main responsibilities
The researcher will be responsible for data collection, data analysis, conducting interviews and co-authoring a conference paper and a research article. The position will also entail some teaching depending on previous teaching experience (between 10 and 20 percent).

Qualification requirements
Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in political science or in an adjacent discipline. A successful candidate will have two or several of the following skills:

  • A strong background in qualitative methods which is shown by the applicant’s research.
  • Knowledge of computer-based programs for textual analysis.
  • Experience of conducting interviews.
  • Documented ability to work in a research team.
  • Documented ability to write good academic English.

In the appointment process, special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s experience of qualitative methods and documented ability to work in a research team. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant´s research experience on studying security policy discourses or public administration.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of one year. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Ulrika Mörth, Telephone: +46 8 16 22 11,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

The leading candidates will be interviewed in August.

You are welcome to apply!

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 27/06/2022


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