Research Assistant jobs for Political Science majors

    Research Assistant jobs for Political Science majors

    Research Assistant to work on projects on institutional development, inequality, and access to justice, in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 20, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaPolitical Science
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Political Science
    Aarhus BSS
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateAug 1, 2021


    Appointment as a research assistant requires a master’s degree, preferably within the social sciences.


    In assessing candidates’ qualifications, emphasis will be placed on:

    • Good results from the master’s education
    • Strong methodological skills, both qualitative and quantitative, and experience with Stata or R
    • Written communication skills
    • Experience with and interest in empirical research
    • Collaborative skills, commitment, and English skills
    • A willingness and receptivity to learn new skills, work independently, and an attention to detail


    The research assistant will work closely with Assistant Professor Nicholas Haas, as well as a number of international collaborators, on political science research projects targeted at advancing scientific knowledge and producing articles of high quality that are publishable in major international academic journals.

    Broadly, substantive research topics will be centered on issues in institutional development, inequality and access to justice, and inter-group polarization, as well as methodological questions regarding experiment design and preference elicitation. More specifically, topics to which the research assistant will be assigned could include: a) how historical revisionism (for example, changes to textbook content) affects inter-group relations and descriptive representation; b) how the ways in which individuals’ political preferences are elicited affects understandings of ideology, across individuals and contexts; c) whether Nonviolent Communication training programs run by the United Nations can improve women’s access to justice and reduce men’s willingness to join militant groups; d) whether communication and identity affect bargaining outcomes; e) how macro-level events and disasters, such as COVID-19, affect peacekeeping operations; f) the effects of migrant labor patterns on social capital; g) the effects of assimilation policy on integration outcomes; and more. Research projects thus span numerous topics, methodologies, and contexts – from the U.S. to Europe, South Asia, and Africa. 

    The position provides an excellent opportunity to be involved in research of a high international standard. Research assistants will gain research competences, expand their professional networks, and, through their work, potentially influence public policy for the better. These competences will be relevant for positions outside the University, as well as for those who intend to pursue academic endeavors. There may also be opportunities for co-authorship on certain projects and for the research assistant to engage in fieldwork or make academic presentations that require travel.

    Department of Political Science

    The Department of Political Science is one of the six departments at Aarhus BSS, one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a Top 100 university, Aarhus BSS – and specifically the Department of Political Science – has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.

    At the Department of Political Science, we emphasize a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterized by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 40 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment.

    The research carried out at the department not only covers a variety of political science disciplines, but also represents a variety of methodological approaches. This not only enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear on the national and international political arenas, but also allows us to contribute actively to the development of the discipline. We also emphasize communicating our research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general.

    How to Apply?

    Appointment as a research assistant requires a master’s degree, preferably within the social sciences. 

    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)

    In addition the following documents can be included in the application: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 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.



    Nicholas Haas Assistant Professor

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    Research Assistant at Department of Political Science

    Post expires at 8:59am on Friday May 21st, 2021 (GMT+9)