Postdoctor In Political Science

Göteborg University
April 25, 2024
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Political Science is an international academic environment, welcoming students, researchers, and staff from all over the world. Our research focuses on, among other things, elections, public opinion and democracy, political institutions, and international and European politics. We also conduct studies on environmental policy, corruption, and political ideas and organize research seminars and workshops across all these areas. We provide courses at all levels, in both Swedish and English. According to ShanghaiRanking's 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, the Department of Political Science is the best in Sweden, ranked 5th in Europe, and 16th in the world. In total, around 1,400 people study with us, and we have around 180 employees.

For more information about the Department, visit our website www.

The Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics (PregDem) is a collaboration between political scientists, midwives, and obstetricians. The aim is to create a profound understanding of how pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenthood affect the pregnant woman's and her partner's views of society. PregDem further studies the factors influencing the politics of pregnancy, its determinants and outcomes. Central outcome variables include policy opinions and ideological priorities, institutional trust, political interest and awareness, political participation, parental identities and gender roles. Central independent variables include health, intake of information, contact with the welfare state, couple dynamics, socio-economic background, and the coronavirus pandemic. We use longitudinal survey data (most importantly The Swedish Pregnancy Panel, The Swedish Citizen Panel, The Swedish Level of Living Survey and the Irish Mammi survey), register data on medical records (from the so-called Graviditetsregistret), and cross- sectional survey data from the Society, Media and Opinion Institute and the Swedish National Election Studies.

Recently, the Swedish Research Council granted PregDem funding for a new project: “Pregnant under the pressure of a pandemic. Understanding why maternal and delivery healthcare varied in Sweden during the COVID-19 pandemic and assessing effects of variation on mother and child.”

In Pregnant under Pressure, we will 1) map how Swedish maternal and delivery healthcare changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2) clarify the differences in healthcare provision that appeared across regions, and 3) understand what consequences these differences had for the health of the pregnant mother and the child. We will use data from PregDem's longitudinal survey data collections that coincided with the most intensive period of the pandemic, but we will also use the Pregnancy register. Two broad research questions are central to the project: How and why did maternal and delivery healthcare change in Swedish regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic? What were the consequences of these changes for the health of the mother and the child? The cross-disciplinary research group will allow for stringent statistical analyses and detailed qualitative case studies. We want to develop theories on how societies secure healthcare practices under extreme pressure and thereby how they influence citizens' health. It will start in 2024 and we are now looking for a post-doc researcher to take part of the PregDem team and to work with us on this and other projects the PregDem research group conducts.

PregDem is led by Elin Naurin (Director) and is financed by the Swedish Research Council, Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and the University of Gothenburg. More information is found at https: // www.

The Department of Political Science invites applications for one post-docs, to conduct research within PregDem. This is a 3-year position, 100% of full- time.

Subject area

Political science

Subject area description

Political Science is the study of politics.


The employment as a postdoctoral fellow will give the employee an early opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher after completing their doctoral degree and to create the conditions for further qualifications. The person employed as a postdoctoral fellow must mainly conduct research. Teaching can be included in the work duties, but to a maximum of one-fifth of the working time.

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct research in the outlined project and together with the PregDem team follow the plan outlined in the granted application. This work combines opportunities to work together with the PregDem analytical team, as well as with the team's large network of political scientists, obstetricians and midwives. A main responsibility will be to perform statistical analyses and to lead publications. The employee will also participate in the earlier stages of the project, such as writing an ethics application and preparing the dataset. There are also important opportunities to independently develop your own theoretical and empirical ideas, as important tasks of the project include to create new theory and try innovative approaches to causal inferences in the intersection of social and medical sciences.


Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is someone who has a doctorate in political science or a related subject at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application period should be considered. Even those who have completed their degree previously can be considered if there are special reasons.

For more information regarding eligibility please visit The appointment procedure GU 2022/38


You must have a doctoral degree in political science or related discipline at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. Previous experience conducting research related the research describe above is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The project demands experience with management and analyses of large datasets. It is a requirement with extensive documented experience of causal analyses, preferably using register data and longitudinal survey data.

Documented experience in Stata, R, or Python is a requirement. You should also be able to independently produce high-level scientific articles. Previously published scientific articles are therefore a merit, as is proof of the ability of working with co-authors on large scale projects.

Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English. To understand Swedish is an advantage, but not a necessary requirement.

To be successful in this position, you must have an eye for detail, good organizational skills and be able to solve problems. You need to have excellent communication and collaboration skills and enjoy working across disciplinary boundaries.

Great emphasis is placed on suitability for the position. We will make an overall assessment and the applicant who is considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the tasks described above will be appointed to the position.


The employment is limited (temporary) for 3 years, 100% of full-time and is currently placed at the Department of Political Science. Earliest starting date 1 May 2024, or as agreed.

For more information please visit The appointment Procedure, GU 2022/38

Contact information for the post

If you have questions regarding the employment, or details about the projects in which this position is organized, please contact Elin Naurin, [email protected]

If you have any questions regarding the employment procedure, please contact Helena Jensen, [email protected]


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To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to create an account in our recruitment system. Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

We kindly ask you to write your application in English as the application may be reviewed by English-speaking staff. In the selection process, it will likely be relevant with interviews and reference taking.

The application should include the following:

  • A letter of application (max 1 pages), outlining how your research agenda has prepared you to contribute to this project. It should clearly show the ways in which you meet the requirements specified above and why you would be excited to work with us.
  • A CV (including list of publications)
  • One writing sample (article or article manuscript)
  • A list of at least two references (with contact information) from whom recommendation can be solicited
  • Applications must be received by: 2024-04-25

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