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Vacancy for the Postdoctoral/Assistant Professor Position – 949961
The Department of Political Science, Aarhus University in Denmark invites applications for one postdoctoral position or assistant professorship in connection with the research project Political Parties’ Institutional Legitimacy (PartyLeg). 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 Aarhus University Research Foundation and Aarhus University.


The position is located at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. Successful candidates are expected to start by 15th March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.


PartyLeg investigates political parties’ institutional legitimacy and its sources in Western Europe. In a time when populism is on the rise and established political parties are struggling to connect to citizens, parties seem to lack perceived institutional legitimacy, i.e. the correspondence of citizens’ norms and expectations with party behaviour. The project develops the concept of party legitimacy and studies its determinants through a combination of party- and individual-level data. It combines research on party representation and organisation with public opinion in seven West European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom).
The research project is financed by Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF) for the period January 2018 to December 2020 and led by Associate Professor Ann-Kristin Kölln.

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the project, including survey questionnaire design and data collection. Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science or a related social science field. In addition to interest in conducting independent and collaborative research within the focus area of PartyLeg, applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct state-of-the-art research within the fields of party politics and political behaviour.
The Department of Political Science emphasises a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 50 PhD students, it offers a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment.
The research carried out at the department covers a variety of political science disciplines, and it 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. The laboratory also emphasises communicating its research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general.
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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. For further information including the project description please contact Ann-Kristin Kölln ( If you need help uploading your application or questions about the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact Regitze Arnbjerg,, +45 87152174

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