Academic Positions

Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University 953475

The Department of Political Science, Aarhus University in Denmark invites applications for research assistant in connection with the research projectPolitical Parties’ Institutional Legitimacy (PartyLeg).

The position is fixed-term for one year full-time. It is co-financed by Aarhus University Research Foundation and Aarhus University.

The position is located at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. The successful candidate is
expected to start by 15st March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

PartyLeg investigates political parties’ institutional legitimacy and its sources in Western Europe. In a time when populism is on the rise and established political parties are struggling to connect to citizens, parties seem to lack perceived institutional legitimacy, i.e. the correspondence of voters' norms and expectations with party behaviou
The project develops the concept of party legitimacy and studies its determinants through a combination of party- and individual-level data. It combines research on party representation and organisation with public opinion in seven West European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

The research project is financed by Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF) for the period January 2018 to December 2020 and led by Associate Professor Ann-Kristin Kölln.

The position offers excellent opportunities to develop research questions and quantitative research skills within the field of party politics, political representation, and political behaviour. And it can also be a good opportunity to develop a Ph.D project proposal in these areas.

Your qualifications

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, including survey questionnaire design and data collection. Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) an MA in political science or a related social science field. In addition to interest in conducting collaborative work within the focus area of PartyLeg, it will be an advantage if applicants have evidenced experience in survey research and quantitative data analysis skills.

Who are we

The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the four faculties at Aarhus University.

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 50 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment.

The research carried out at the department covers a variety of political science disciplines, and it 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.

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For further information including the project description please contact Ann-Kristin Kölln (

If you need help uploading your application or questions about the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact Regitze Arnbjerg,, +45 87152174.

Qualification requirements
The qualification requirement for appointment as research assistant is a Master's degree.

Terms of employment
The appointment is 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.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:
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)

In addition the following documents can be included in the application:

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. This form can be used for the purpose
Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials which 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.

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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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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