Data And Survey Manager To The Department Of Political Science And Gld

Göteborg University


March 3, 2022


The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Political Science has an open climate that encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialization include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalisation, environmental politics, and European studies. The Department hosts research programmes such as the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Centre for Collective Action Research, (CeCAR), Governance and Local Development (GLD), and the Swedish National Election Studies Programme. We offer several degree programmes at undergraduate, Master's and doctoral level, as well as freestanding courses. Education is provided in both Swedish and English. We have a total of 1 300 students and a staff of about 140. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg. The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), directed by Professor Ellen Lust, is a research program aiming to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. Read more about the research program on our website at www.

The Department of Political Science is now searching for additional expertise to join GLD's data team full-time for an appointment of 12 months.

Job assignments

The main assignment is to assist the program researchers with survey creation, data collection, and data handling. This includes, among other things:

  • Coding surveys using SurveyToGo (STG)
  • Setting up survey logic
  • Managing Quotas
  • Setting Quality Control features
  • Reviewing survey for errors
  • Working with STG Technical Support to resolve issues and incorporate new features
  • Providing daily monitoring during data collection
  • Creating a daily monitoring report template in RMarkdown
  • Running the report daily and sending to survey partners
  • Training other program researchers in the use of the RMarkdown file
  • Working closely with survey implementation partners to ensure high-quality data collection
  • Developing enumerator training materials
  • Attending enumerator trainings to answer questions
  • Investigating irregularities during data collection
  • Cleaning and preparing data for use by program researchers
  • Writing code to clean the raw data
  • Creating codebooks for the data
  • Merging datasets
  • Providing basic data summaries (means, proportions, frequencies, bar charts, etc.)
  • Maintaining GLD's datasets
  • Storing and documenting data (raw and clean) appropriately
  • Creating public versions of datasets and uploading to the appropriate platforms
  • Implement GDPR-compliant data transfers
  • Other assignments include collaborating with the data team to address data- centered issues at GLD.

    The job is performed in close collaboration with the GLD team, including the program statistician, program director, project coordinator, post-doctoral research fellows, PhD students, interns, and affiliated faculty around the world.


    We are looking for you who have the necessary skill set to successfully carry out the job assignments as described.

    The following qualifications are required :

  • A degree in Statistics, Data Analytics, Data Science or other relevant field OR equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated skills in data processing, including:
  • cleaning data
  • merging data
  • creating documentation/metadata
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the statistical software R, including:
  • Using existing packages
  • Writing your own code and/or functions
  • Debugging your own code
  • Creating data visualizations
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new types of software
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving/troubleshooting
  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and confidently in English, verbal and written
  • The following qualifications (listed in order of importance), while not required, are advantageous :

  • Ability to speak, read, and write Arabic
  • Previous experience with survey design and creation (SurveyToGo, Qualtrics, Microsoft Forms, etc.)
  • Previous experience with data monitoring
  • Previous experience using RMarkdown
  • Previous experience operating under GDPR or training in GDPR
  • Previous experience in a research project, particularly with a quantitative focus
  • Previous experience using SharePoint
  • Previous experience using Microsoft Teams
  • Previous experience working with an interdisciplinary/international team
  • You must be able to work well with a large, fluid, and diverse team. You must have the flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and ask for clarifications and help when needed. You must have an eye for detail, be good at planning, organizing and be a problem solver.

    With the assistance of the program statistician, we expect you to learn new statistical methods and software when necessary. Additionally, you will need to be able to explain new techniques to your fellow researchers. We expect you to have excellent collaboration and communication skills, verbal and written. Fluency in English, conversational and technical, is required since it is the working language of the GLD Program.

    We will make an overall assessment, and the applicant considered to be best qualified to carry out the duties described above will be appointed to the position.

    It is an asset to have worked with the tasks described in the job assignment.


    Type of employment: Fix term 12 months Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg First day of employment: As soon as possible.

    For further information regarding the position

    Please contact

    Head of GLD Data, Erica Ann Metheney, Email: Phone + 46 31 786 3353


    Administrative manager Åsa Adin Email: Phone: +46 31 786 6994


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    How to apply

    In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. NOTE : We ask all applications materials to be submitted in English as they will be reviewed by English speakers.

    In the online recruitment system there is a space to upload additional documents. In this place, we ask that you submit a previous work demonstrating your technical writing (e.g. survey codebook, basic data summary report, technical training materials, etc) and a link to a survey you have coded if available (can be coded on any platform).

    Closing date : March 3rd, 2022.

    The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

    Salary is determined on an individual basis.

    Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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