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Postdoctoral research fellow in political science, with a focus on survey and field research in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 29, 2022

The University of Gothenburg invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to work at GLD – Apply by 1 December.

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This job opportunity is posted by University of Gothenburg.

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow to work at the Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD), which is directed by Professor Ellen Lust. GLD aims to identify how competing development programs alter African communities’ opportunities to exit the poverty cycle. The project draws on mixed methods, including the use of satellite images analysed via AI, case studies, focus groups and public opinion surveys.


1 December 2022.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 2 years, full-time and is currently placed at the Department of Political Science in Gothenburg. Starting date – as early as possible or as agreed.

Main responsibilities

As a postdoctoral researcher with GLD, you will be expected to spend your time on GLD- or project-oriented tasks including: Assisting in research design and implementation, including the survey, interviews and other fieldwork as necessary; Overseeing survey training and implementation, with fieldwork expected; Analyzing data; Collaborating with Professor Ellen Lust and other researchers in the program, as relevant, to disseminate findings through articles and presentations.

There will be excellent opportunities for intellectual development and mentoring as well as for developing an independent research agenda within the overall context of the project. There are ample opportunities for developing a strong academic network.

About the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is an open and socially engaged institution, in the middle of the city and in the middle of the debate. Our research revolves around elections, democracy, corruption, forms of government, globalization, the environment and politics, as well as European issues. The department hosts research programs such as the Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), the Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD) and the Swedish Electoral Research Program. We have education at all levels, undergraduate advanced level and postgraduate level, as well as independent courses. Teaching is given in both Swedish and English. In total, about 1,400 people study with us. The Department of Political Science has around 160 employees.