Aarhus Universitet

3-year postdoc with focus on inequality and political behavior, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University

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The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position offering applicants an opportunity to join an ambitious research project focusing on economic inequality, political behavior and public opinion.

The starting date is October 1, 2021, or subject to mutual agreement.

The research project
The position is part of the project “Unequal children, disconnected adults? The long-term
consequences of childhood exposure to economic inequality” led by Professor Kim Mannemar Sønderskov and funded by SparNord Foundation.

The project seeks to understand how experiences with economic inequality during childhood and adolescence shape political behavior and attitudes in adulthood. The project departs from the vast literature on the consequences of economic inequality, but focuses specifically on experiences with inequality in local settings in everyday life (primarily in schools and neighborhoods) during the formative years of adolescence. This sets the project apart from the majority of the literature that focuses on contemporary inequality, and that typically measures inequality at much more aggregate levels. The primary outcomes in the project comprise citizens’ horizontal ties (e.g. their trust in and solidarity with each other), vertical ties (e.g. their trust in the state), and political engagement.

Methodologically, the project applies rigorous research designs to survey data linked with highly granular individual-level data from the Danish population registries. The registry data make it possible to locate the place of residence and the school attended during the formative years for each individual, and to flexibly create various measures of income inequality for these contexts. This allow for a rigorous and nuanced test of hypotheses that go beyond previous related work that have been forced to rely on coarse proxies for inequality experienced in various contexts. The full project description is available upon request.

Job description
The postdoc will be employed as part of the project and is expected to work together with Professor Kim Mannemar Sønderskov and the other members of the project group (from Aarhus and beyond). The postdoc is expected to take a leading role in one or more subprojects. The most important tasks are:
  • Developing research designs
  • Data management (e.g. combining Danish population registries and survey data)
  • Analyzing data
  • Writing papers

In addition the position entails teaching equivalent to one course per year (typically at the MA-level). Moreover, a one-year further extension in return for additional teaching might be negotiable, depending on the postdoc's wishes and teaching profile as well as the department’s need for teaching.

The project offers funding for conferences, additional training, and opportunities for developing a valuable academic network.

Your qualifications
Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science, sociology or another field relevant to the project. Other key qualifications include:
  • A good grasp of relevant academic literature (e.g. on the consequences of economic inequality and other types of diversity, contexts effects, and the role of role of experiences in childhood/adolescence)
  • Ambition and ability to produce high-quality and high-impact research.
  • Experience with large-scale data management and causal inference using observational data.
  • An excellent command of statistical programming languages (preferably Stata or R).
  • The ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a research team

In their application letter, applicants should motivate why they are interested in being part of the project, how they see themselves contributing to the success of the project, as well as outline potential ideas for research relevant to the focus of the project (1-2 pages).

Who we are
The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. The department is among the largest and strongest political science departments in Europe, with particular strengths in the areas of political behavior, political psychology and political philosophy. In 2020, the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University was ranked as the top department in political science in continental Europe, according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking (http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/political-sciences.html).

At the Department of Political Science, we emphasize a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterized by pluralism and openness. With more than 100 academic staff members and 50 PhD students, we offer a lively, ambitious and highly collegial research and teaching environment with many international visitors and workshops and a clear international orientation.

For more information about the Department of Political Science, please see: https://ps.au.dk/en.

Further information
Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Kim Mannemar Sønderskov prior to submitting their application to learn more about the project and specific tasks, E-mail: ks@ps.au.dk.

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel.: +45 9352 1361, E-mail: aak@au.dk

Place of work
Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé 7, DK - 8000 Aarhus C

International applicant?
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here: http://international.au.dk/research/

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: http://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

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.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 31 May 2021


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