The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University in Denmark invites applications for one postdoctoral position or assistant professorship in connection with the research project Conflict and Democratization (CODE).

The position is fixed-term of either two years with limited teaching obligations (postdoctoral researcher) or three years with more extensive teaching obligations (assistant professor). The final form of the position will be decided by the head of department taking the teaching demand of the department and the qualifications of the candidate into account. The position is co-financed by Innovation Fund Denmark and Aarhus University.

The position is located at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. The successful candidate is expected to start by September 1 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The research project – CODE
CODE is an international research group centering on how, when, and why political openings trigger instability and violent civil conflicts. It brings together almost 20 researchers, mostly situated at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University. The affiliated researchers employ a variety of methods and disciplinary approaches (for details see the project description here). More particularly, CODE analyzes how processes of democratization and conflict escalation are connected at four different levels: the international level, the institutional level, the group level, and the individual level. It asks new questions about what Western governments and organizations can do to push for democracy while avoiding conflict. Using different data sources and methods, CODE aims to identify the cases and situations in which external actors can make a difference for peace and democracy and to shed light on the limits to what outsiders can do.

The research project is financed by Innovation Fund Denmark for the period April 1 2015 to September 30 2020 and led by Professor Jørgen Møller.

Job description
The position offers excellent opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research within the intersecting field of conflict research and political regime change.
The successful candidate will be involved in analysis at one or more of the four different levels described above, including data collection and quantitative analysis.

Your qualifications
Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science or a related social science discipline.
In addition to interest in conducting independent and collaborative research within the focus area of CODE, applicants should preferably have the ability to conduct state-of-the-art research within the fields of conflict research and democratization, excellent command of spoken and written English, and experience with publishing in international, peer-reviewed journals.
More particularly, proven ability to have articles accepted in top IR journals will be considered an important advantage. Strong methodological skills, especially regarding the application of sophisticated quantitative methods, and familiarity with the use of extant data sources on political instability and its potential correlates are also preferred.

In addition to a CV, a letter motivating the application (addressing the match between the candidate’s profile and the core research task of CODE), proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), interested scholars should preferably provide a short research statement (max. 5 pages), which describes the research agenda the candidate proposes to pursue as part of CODE. See the other demands to the application below.

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.

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

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Professor Svend-Erik Skaaning (skaaning@ps.au.dk) 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: mfp@au.dk

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 about entering and working in Denmark here and here.

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:

• 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. 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: 01.06.2018

Please apply online here 




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