Postdoc Position in Political Science, Sociology

    Postdoc Position in Political Science, Sociology

    Postdoc Position with focus on inequality and political behavior is available at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 31, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Political science,
    – Sociology
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Political Science
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Year
    Starting dateOct 01, 2021


    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

    Responsibilities/ 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.

    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 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
    • 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).

    About 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.

    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 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 (

    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.


    • 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.
    • All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.
    • 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:


    Kim Mannemar Sønderskov Professor
    Department of Political Science

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

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday June 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)