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Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science

News: Mar 10, 2016

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Two years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: At the latest 2016-09-01
Reference number: PER 2016/97

Applications are submitted online through this link.

The research program Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management was established in 2015, with support from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The purpose of the program is to study so-called New Public Management (NPM) reforms effect on the efficiency of public service delivery, corruption and human welfare. The research program is particularly interested in how different forms of ex-ante and ex-post controls influence outcomes of NPM reforms, and how such reforms are related to aspects of human welfare and economic efficiency. There are three on-going types of studies within the program: a global cross-country comparison; a within country comparison between Swedish municipalities; and a within country comparison between Russian regions.

The research program is now searching for a new Post-Doctoral fellow that will conduct research independently as well as in collaboration with other members of the research team. A description of the program can be found at the following website: http://pol.gu.se/english/personnel/faculty/dahlstrom--carl/out-of-control-or-over-controlled--

The research program Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management is integrated in the Quality of Government Institute, which was founded in 2004 by Professor Bo Rothstein and Professor Sören Holmberg. It is an independent research institute within the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, with 30 researchers who conduct and promote research on the causes, consequences and nature of Good Governance and the Quality of Government (QoG) - that is, trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupted and competent government institutions (www.qog.gu.se).

The Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, is one of the leading Political Science departments in the Nordic countries. The vibrant department houses several large research institutes, in addition to the QoG Institute, such as the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, the Media, Opinion, and Democracy project (MOD), and the National Election Studies. The department is also a key actor in the SOM Institute responsible for comprehensive annual public opinion surveys. It has 140 employees, out of which more than 70 are faculty and researchers, and it hosts about 1,400 students. The department offers education on all levels; undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, carried out in both English and Swedish.

The Postdoc position is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the successful candidate is expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program.


Subject area

Political Science


Specific subject description

Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, nation, government, and politics and policies of government on a national and international perspective.


Job assignments

The Postdoc is expected to conduct research in independently and in collaboration with the members of the Out of Control or over Controlled? Incentives, Audits and New Public Management research team.

The postdoc will mainly conduct research but may be asked to teach in the department up to one fifth of full time employment.



The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

The PostDoc is open to candidates who have received a PhD in political science or related field. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Those who graduated earlier may also be given consideration, if there are special reasons.

We are especially interested in candidates with record of accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: 1) public administration (particularly administrative reforms); 2) bureaucratic politics; 3) comparative politics; 4) institutions (for example administrative or political); and 5) research methods (both quantitative and qualitative).

Finally, as the working language in the program as well as within the QoG Institute is English, excellence in English is required.



Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance.


Additional information

The application should include a cover letter evidencing scholarly accomplishments in one or several areas specified above and describing current research interests and how the applicant will contribute to the program. The application must also include: curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references who may be contacted for letters of reference.


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