Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Science

The Department of Political Science and the Governance and Local Development Institute invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow to conduct research within the framework of the project “Local Governance Process Indicators (LGPI).” This is a 2-year position, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral researcher, with a flexible starting date in 2023.

Subject areas

Social Science, including political science, economics, development, sociology, and related fields.


Job assignments 

Employment as a postdoctoral fellow aims to give the employee an early opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher after completing their doctoral degree and to create the conditions for further qualifications. The person employed as a postdoctoral fellow must mainly conduct research. Teaching can be included in the work duties, but to a maximum of one-fifth of the working time.

As a postdoctoral researcher with GLD, you will be expected to spend your time on GLD- or project-oriented tasks including: the development of validation strategies for the Local Governance Process Indicators, identification of experts in various fields that will help validate the indicators, and participation in survey questionnaire development. You will also collaborate with Professor Ellen Lust and other researchers in the program, as relevant, to disseminate findings through articles and presentations.

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. There are ample opportunities for developing a strong academic network.


Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is someone who has a doctorate in a relevant social science or computational field at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application period should be considered. Even those who have completed their degree previously can be considered if there are special reasons.

For more information regarding eligibility, please visit The appointment procedure GU 2022/38



The employment is limited (temporary) for 2 years, full-time and is currently placed at the Department of Political Science. Starting date - as early as possible or as agreed.

For more information, please visit The appointment Procedure, GU 2022/38


Contact information for the post 

If you have questions regarding the employment, or details about the projects in which this position is organized, please contact Rose Shaber-Twedt,  

If you have any questions regarding the employment procedure, please contact Helena Jensen,

Application via the University of Gothenburg

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We kindly ask you to write your application in English as the application may be reviewed by English-speaking staff. In the selection process, English will likely be spoken in the interview and to any references.

The application should include the following:

  • Statement of how the applicant’s research agenda would contribute to the GLD Institute, included in a broader cover letter
  • A C.V. (including a list of publications)
  • One English-language writing sample (may be a previously published work or one in progress)
  • A list of at least three references (with contact information) from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited

Applications must be received by: 2023-02-28

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