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Database Manager to the Department of Political Science and the QoG Institute

News: Nov 07, 2019


Database Manager to the Department of Political Science and the QoG Institute (PAR 2019/1426)

Diary id: PAR 2019/1426
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: Department of Political Science
Apply by: 2019-12-02

The Department of Political Science has an open climate which encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialization include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalization, environmental politics as well as European studies. The department hosts research programs such as the Quality of Government Institute (QoG), Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Governance and local development (GLD) and The Swedish Election Studies Program. The department offers education on all levels; undergraduate, graduate and doctoral, carried out in both English and Swedish. We have a total of 1,300 students enrolled in our courses, and 140 people are employed at the Department. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

The Quality of Government (QoG) Institute at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg was founded in 2004 by professors Sören Holmberg and Bo Rothstein. The institute conducts research on how trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupted and competent government institutions can be obtained and sustained. The Institute currently engages about 25 researchers and doctoral students.

The QoG Institute hosts some of the most used databases in Political Science. The datasets draw on a number of freely available cross-sectional data sources, including aggregated individual-level data with global coverage spanning. One aim of the QoG Institute is to make cross-national and regional comparative data on QoG and its correlates publicly available.

The Department of Political Science and the QoG-institute are now looking for an additional team member during two years to the QoG data team who will work with collecting and merging country comparative data.

We offer an opportunity to be part of an international vibrant research community and to be involved in many different research projects. You will be part of a creative and self-managing team and engage with different researchers by providing and receiving insights in QoG-related research.

Job assignments

As database manager you will, together with your colleague, be responsible for continuous system and data-flow development, managing of complex data-structures using both Stata and R. The main tasks include monitor, collect and analyze new data from research organizations, academic journals, and reports. Conduct quantitative data analysis utilizing statistical tools. Assisting senior researchers with quantitative data analysis and answering data related questions. Create tables, graphs and other visualizations to complement presentations and published material. Finally, create and maintain project-specific web pages, publications, and data visualization tools.


A master’s degree in Social Sciences or equivalent. Good knowledge in statistical methods and advanced data management. Good knowledge in Stata, R (Experience with Shiny is an advantage) and \LaTeX. Knowledge of database driven web application programming is desired but not mandatory. Experience with HTML/JavaScript is a merit.

To be successful in this position you need to have a passion for learning new tools and finding new solutions for an always-evolving code and for communicating knowledge based on our databases to different audiences. The management of the QoG databases requires a system perspective where the data manager is able to see an overall picture while performing smaller tasks. We expect you to have excellent collaboration and communication skills, verbal and written. Fluency in English is required since it is the working language of the QoG data team.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment (2 years)
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg, Sweden
First day of employment: January 7th, 2020

For further information regarding the position

If you have questions about the position please contact:

Database manager Natalia Alvarado
Email: natalia.alvarado@gu.se
Phone: +46 31 786 6443


Administrative manager Anna-Karin Ingelström

Email: anna-karin.ingelstrom@gu.se
Phone: +46 31 786 1190


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

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It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Apply



Closing date: December 2nd 2019


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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