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Postdoc with focus on the psychology of political rumors and social media, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University 967289

A position as postdoc with a focus on the psychology of political rumors and social media is open with Professor Michael Bang Petersen, director of the Politics and Evolution Lab (, housed at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. The duration of the postdoc position is 16 months, with an expected beginning of September 1, 2018.

The research project
The position is related to a project funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation. The project is entitled “The Politics of Rumors in the Age of Social Media: Why, How and When Hostile Political Rumors Spread and Polarize”. The project runs from 2017 to 2019. The focus of the advertised position is (1) to identify key psychological individual differences (e.g., impulse-control and extremism) that predict engagement in politics online and offline and (2) to investigate whether anonymous online social media environments facilitate the expression of political and psychological reactions that could be viewed as normatively undesirable (e.g., decreased empathy and increased aggressiveness). 

Job description
Research will primarily be carried out collaboratively with Professor Michael Bang Petersen. The project includes funding for research assistants, data collection, traveling and workshops. In addition, to the outlined research tasks, the position entails teaching equivalent to one course.

Your qualifications
Applicants are expected to hold – or be close to completing – a PhD in relevant areas within political psychology, social psychology or evolutionary psychology. In addition to interest in conducting collaborative research within the focus area of the project, applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct state-of-the-art research on social behavior and attitudes, possess strong methodological skills within the domain of survey and/or laboratory experiments, excellent command of spoken and written English, and preferably experience with publishing in international, peer-reviewed journals.
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.

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Further information
Applicants are also encouraged to contact Professor Michael Bang Petersen, email: prior to submitting their application to learn more about the tasks.

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

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Place of work
Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus C

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)
List of publications (the enclosed publications must be clearly marked on the list of publications)
Publications. Up to three publications can be included in the application. 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.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post 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.


All applications must be made online and received by:

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