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Postdoc focusing on social policy feedback, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.

Deadline 15 Feb 23:59 CET

Expected start 1 Jul

  • Department of Political Science Bartholins Allé 7 8000 Aarhus C

  • Fixed term full-time position 1 Jul 2023 - 31 Jan 2025 ID: 11011

The Department of Political Science at Aarhus University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join a research team working on the politics of social policy feedback. The position also includes teaching the equivalent to one course per year.
The starting date is July 1st, 2023 but can be flexible subject to mutual agreement. The position is a fixed-term position for 1 year and 7 months.

The Research Project

The positions are part of the project “Social Policy Feedback”. The goal of the project is to understand how social policy arrangements, such as the unemployment protection system “feedback” into public perceptions about social equity and politics.

Methodologically, the project plans to use rigorous and causally credible research designs, including survey and quasi-experiments. As part of the project a new, large-scale panel survey will be launched.

The Job

The postdoctoral researchers will be employed as part of a research group and are expected to engage in collaborative research with the research team.

The postdocs will be expected to take a leading role in developing, designing as well as coordinating research projects and publishing research in high impact journals.
Moreover, as part of the research group, the postdocs are expected to provide support for project-related research, organizational, and administrative tasks.

The successful applicants will be part of a cutting-edge research project and a vibrant and supportive research team. There will be excellent opportunities for intellectual development and mentoring as well as developing an independent research agenda within the context of the project.

The project offers funding for conferences, additional training, a lot of independent data collection, and good opportunities for developing a strong academic network.

In addition to the outlined research tasks, the positions entail teaching the equivalent of one course per year. Depending on the applicants’ prior teaching experience and the need for the applicants’ teaching capacity in the relevant years, a one-year extension in return for additional teaching might be negotiable. This extension will be decided by the Head of Department no later than one year after employment. Salary is according to the Danish pay schedule.

Your qualifications

Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science or
another field relevant to the project. In addition to this the applicant should
  • have an interest in understanding how the housing market shapes politics.
  • have an interest in conducting collaborative research.
  • have at least some programming experience (e.g., Stata, R or Python).
  • have experience with large-scale data management
  • have strong quantitative skills, including some experience with causal inference methods.
  • have an interest in and the ability to acquire new methodological skills

It is not a requirement that the applicant has worked on the politics of housing markets before, and we encourage people with diverse research interest to apply (could be political economy, political behavior, public opinion, welfare state politics or urban politics).

As part of your application, you should attach a CV, proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree) and your best publication (could be an unpublished chapter of your dissertation, a working paper, or a published article). In addition to this, you should provide a short research proposal (1-2 pages) that outline potential avenues for research related to the politics of housing. The proposal should be relatively concrete, specifying an interesting research question, and a credible way to answer it.

Who we are

The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. The department is among the largest and strongest political science departments in Europe, with particular strengths in the areas of public administration, political behavior and public policy. In 2020, the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University was ranked as the top department in political science in continental Europe, according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking (http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject- Rankings/political-sciences.html).

At the Department of Political Science, we emphasize a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterized by pluralism and openness. With more than 100 academic staff members and 50 PhD students, we offer a lively, ambitious and highly collegial research and teaching environment with many international visitors and workshops and a clear international orientation.

For more information about the Department of Political Science, please see: https://ps.au.dk/en.

Further information

Applicants can contact Professor Carsten Jensen, prior to submitting their application to learn mode about the project and specific tasks, E-mail: carstenj@ps.au.dk

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Charlotte Zingenberg, Ph.: + 45 87 16 53 62 , E-mail: chg@au.dk

Place of work

Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé 7, DK - 8000 Aarhus C

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 here:

Please find more information about research opportunities at Aarhus University here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it 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:
  • Application
  • 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. Please use this template
  • 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.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Questions about the position?

Carsten Jensen

Carsten Jensen Professor, Department of Political Science +4587165678 carstenj@ps.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Aarhus BSS Administrative Centre - Aarhus BSS HR and PhD Administration +4593509350 bss.hr@au.dk


Deadline: Wednesday 15 Feb 2023 at 23:59 CET