3-year postdocs with focus on political parties and public opinion, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University

The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for two or three 3-year postdoctoral positions offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join an ambitious research project focusing on political parties and public opinion.

The starting date is August 15, 2021, but can be flexible subject to mutual agreement.

The research project
The positions are part of the project “PARTYOPINION – The Informational Role of Political Parties in Citizens’ Opinion Formation,” led by Professor Rune Slothuus and funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant.

The PARTYOPINION project seeks to understand how and when citizens in advanced democracies rely on political parties to form political beliefs and opinions. The project is theoretically ambitious and seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of how party cues affect citizens’ political opinion formation and how cross-national variation across party systems in Western Europe interacts with citizens’ reasoning processes and opinion formation. The project’s central hypothesis is that parties’ policy reputations affect to what extent and how citizens use party cues.

Methodologically, the project seeks to develop cutting-edge research designs with the aim of integrating (survey, field and natural) experiments with cross-national variation. The project will survey citizens’ perceptions of parties’ policy reputations across selected countries and, with this point of departure, develop a series of parallel experiments to test when and how citizens rely on communications from political parties to form political opinions in different contexts. The full project description is available upon request.

Job description
The postdoctoral researchers will be employed as part of the PARTYOPINION research group and are expected to engage in collaborative research with Professor Rune Slothuus and the other members of the group. The postdocs’ efforts will be important to ensuring the success of the project. We thus expect the postdocs to take a leading role in developing, designing and coordinating studies in one or more countries within the project, to conduct high-quality research within the context of PARTYOPINION and to contribute to publications in top outlets. Moreover, as part of the PARTYOPINION research group, the postdocs are expected to provide support for project-related research, organizational, and administrative tasks.

Successful applicants will become 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 for developing an independent research agenda within the overall context of the project. The project offers funding for conferences, additional training, data collection and opportunities for developing a strong academic network.

In addition to the outlined research tasks, the positions entail teaching equivalent to one course per year. Moreover, if an applicant is interested, a one-year further extension in return for additional teaching might be negotiable, depending on the applicant’s prior teaching experience and the department’s need for teaching capacity in the relevant years. The Head of Department will decide on any such extension 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, political psychology, political communication or another field relevant to the project. In addition to a keen interest in conducting collaborative research in the PARTYOPINION project, applicants must demonstrate ambition and ability to produce high-quality and high-impact research, both independently and in a team. They need to have an ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a research team.

Moreover, we expect applicants to have strong quantitative skills and excellent command of statistical programming languages (e.g., R or STATA). We prefer applicants that have experience with large-scale data management, comparative survey data and/or experience with or a strong interest in experimental designs and a willingness to acquire new methodological skills. Applicants are expected to have an excellent command of spoken and written English. Proficiency in one or more European languages other than English, as well as knowledge of politics in one or more European countries, will also be an asset.

In their application letter, applicants should motivate why they are interested in being part of PARTYOPINION and how they can contribute to the success of the project, outlining potential ideas for research relevant to the focus of the project (2-3 pages).

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 areas like political behavior, political psychology and political parties. 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 strong international orientation.

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

Further information
Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Rune Slothuus prior to submitting their application to learn more about the project and specific tasks, E-mail: slothuus@ps.au.dk.

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel.: +45 8715 3631, E-mail: aak@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: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark 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:
http://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.

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

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 15 February 2021

 


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