Assistant professor or Postdoc position in Political Science, Denmark

    Assistant professor or Postdoc position in Political Science, Denmark

    Assistant professor or Postdoc position with focus on performance management and data-informed decision-making, at Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Aug 02, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionAssistant professor or Postdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaPolitical Science
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Political Science
    Aarhus BSS
    Aarhus University
    Contract PeriodAssistant professor – 3 Years
    Postdoc position – 2 Years
    Starting dateNov 01, 2021


    Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science, or another field relevant to the project. Other key qualifications include:

    • A good grasp of relevant academic literature (e.g. about performance management and conditions for successful use of performance management tools).
    • Experience with data collection, data management and data analysis, including with a focus on causal inference using observational data, including panel data methods.
    • Interest or experience in working with survey-experimental designs.
    • Ambition and ability to produce high-quality and high-impact research.
    • The ability to work constructively and effectively as part of a research team

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The candidate will be employed as part of the project and is expected to work together with Associate Professor Poul Aaes Nielsen as well as other members of the Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership. The candidate is expected to take a leading role in one or more subprojects. The most important tasks are:

    • Developing research designs
    • Analyzing data
    • Writing and publishing papers

    Depending on the field of applicants, the position may be offered as either a 3-year position as assistant professor or a 2-year position as postdoctoral researcher. A position as assistant professor implies significant teaching obligations whereas a position as postdoctoral researcher implies modest teaching obligations. Applicants are thus encouraged to describe their potential contributions to teaching obligations in the BA or MA programs of the department.

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

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    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 may be submitted. 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 that 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 position at Aarhus BSS here.

    About Research project

    The position is part of the project “Understanding and Improving Data-Informed Decision Making in Public Management” led by Associate Professor Poul Aaes Nielsen.

    The project addresses the fact that data on the processes, performance, and challenges of public organizations is increasingly collected and made available. The promises of data-informed decision making are frequently heralded as prerequisites in addressing present and future challenges of public sectors across the globe. Yet, research shows that data is seldom used consistently by decision makers, and when it is used, it is often for other purposes than problem-solving and improvement. Moreover, our knowledge about how organizational decision makers interpret and respond to such data is scarce.

    The project aims to increase our understanding of how data, and especially performance data, informs organizational decision making. This includes studying how decision makers interpret and respond to performance data as well as what factors influence the use of data. The project also seeks to develop new ways of tracking and studying data-informed decision processes. Ultimately, the project seeks to address whether and how data-informed decision-making processes can help improve public services.

    Methodologically, the project draws on a combination of survey and register-based panel data about health care services. The project will also use different survey-experimental designs to study the decision making of health care professionals and managers.

    About the Department

    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 public administration and leadership. In 2021, Aarhus University was ranked as the top university in political science in continental Europe, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking  and as the top university in public administration in the world.

    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:


    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.


    HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg
    Tel.: +45 9352 1361

    Poul Aaes Nielsen Associate professor
    Department of Political Science

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