Postdoc Position in Political Science – Process tracing methods in policy evaluation

    Postdoc Position in Political Science - Process tracing methods in policy evaluation

    Two year full time post-doc position in ‘Process tracing methods in policy evaluation’ is available at Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Sept 01, 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, Denmark
    Contract Period2 Year
    Starting dateJan 01, 2022


    • PhD in political science, sociology or another field relevant to the project
      Other key qualifications include:
    • Strong methodological background, in particular proficiency in process tracing case study methods both in theory and practice
    • Some familiarity with case study methods within the field of policy evaluation
    • Ideally some experience with practical policy evaluations in the field
    • Some familiarity with mixed and multi method research
    • Experience in scientific cooperation and networking
    • Ideally some knowledge of international development cooperation

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    • The post-doc will play a central role in the testing and refinement of methods phase in relation to new applications of process tracing methods in the field of policy evaluation
    • The testing and refinement of mechanism-focused policy evaluation methods will take place in cooperation with the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)
    • The post-doc will be embedded in one of DEval’s evaluation projects from the institute’s current thematic focus areas of development instruments and structures; fragile states, peacebuilding and conflict prevention; or private sector engagement in development cooperation.
    • The embedding of the post-doc in a DEval project will require significant presence at the headquarters of DEval in Bonn from the 6th to 18th months of the position. The rest of the post-doc period will be hosted by the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark. The post-doc must have a willingness to travel in the context of case studies to developing countries / emerging economies.

    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

    About Research project

    The MMESS project will develop a new set of methodological tools and guidelines that will enable social scientists to more systematically engage in mechanism-focused research of the ‘black-box’ in-between causes and outcomes as they play out in real-world cases, opening for new avenues of research that are currently difficult with existing methods

    The resulting guidelines will be of high interest to academic scholars in the social sciences, but also to applied research such as the evaluation of policy interventions and how they work in the real-world.

    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.


    • Applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Derek Beach prior to submitting their application to learn more about the project and specific tasks, E-mail:
    • All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.


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    Two year full time post-doc position in ‘Process tracing methods in policy evaluation’

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