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Postdoctoral position at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, for the project PoPPro

Political Parties & Problems


Place of work
Bartholins Allé 7, DK – 8000 Aarhus.  The starting date is 1 September 2020 or subject to mutual agreement.

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Associate Professor Henrik Bech Seeberg prior to submitting their application per e-mail:

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:
Interviews will be held on 1 June, 2020.


The research project
POPPRO asks fundamental questions about how political parties prioritize and respond to a multitude of societal problems such global warming, drugs, and bankrupts. More exactly, the aim of POPPRO is to explore the political logic behind party attention to problems and study why some problems are overlooked while others receive disproportionate attention as well as how parties aim to influence voters’ perceptions of the problems. The project is interested in all aspects of party attention to problems and a key aim of the project is to collect a multitude of statistical problem indicators and pair them with the collection and content coding of more than 40,000 press releases from Danish and British political parties since the early 2000s.POPPRO is relevant for applicants with an expertise in political parties, political behavior, political communication, political agenda setting, and/or public policy in advanced democracies, and method training in automated text analysis, cross-section-cross-time analysis, and/or survey experiments. More information about the content of the project is available here: is financed by the Aarhus University Research Fund for the period 2020-2023. The research group is led by Associate Professor Henrik Bech Seeberg.


Deadline is May 11th. 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.

Job description
The postdoc will be employed as part of the research group and is expected to devote his/her research time to the project and engage in collaborative research within the focus of the project. The position is a full-time research position that does not imply any teaching obligations. Through the research group, the postdoc will have access to significant funding for conferences, data collection, etc.

Your qualifications
Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science or a related social science field. In addition to an interest in conducting collaborative research within the focus of the project, applicants must:

  • demonstrate the ability to conduct state-of-the-art research within the field
  • possess strong methodological skills
  • possess extensive experience with empirical research
  • have an excellent command of spoken and written English

In addition to a CV, proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), publications or papers, interested applicants should submit an application letter (2-3 pages) motivating why the applicant is interested in being part of POPPRO and how the applicant can contribute to the success of the project, outlining potential avenues for research relevant to the focus of the project.

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.

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