Forventet start 1. jan
Institut for StatskundskabBartholins Allé 78000 Aarhus C
Tidsbegrænset fuldtidsstilling 1. jan 2021 - 31. dec 2023ID: 3497
The Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a research project with a focus on political hostility on social media.
The starting date is January 2021 or subject to mutual agreement.
The research project
The position is part of the ROPH project (Research on Online Political Hostility), led by Professor Michael Bang Petersen and funded by 15.7 million DKK by the Carlsberg Foundation. The ROPH project seeks to identify the causes, consequences and potential counter-strategies related to online political hostility and gathers researchers from the fields of political psychology, evolutionary psychology, radicalization research, media science and physics.
The advertised position involves developing and conducting laboratory and online experiments to identify the psychological consequences (and relevant mechanisms) of discussing politics on social media relative to face-to-face discussions. Research will primarily be carried out collaboratively with other project members but there will also to some extent be opportunities for pursuing independent work within the focus of the project. The project includes funding for research assistants, data collection, traveling and workshops.
In addition to the outlined research tasks, the position entails teaching equivalent to one course per year. Depending on the applicant’s prior teaching experience and the need for the applicant’s teaching capacity in the relevant years, a one-year extension in return for additional teaching might be negotiable. This extension will be decided by the Department Chair no later than one year after employment. Salary is according to the Danish pay schedule.
Applicants are expected to hold – or be close to completing – a PhD in relevant areas within political science, communication, psychology or cognitive science. In addition to an interest in conducting collaborative research within the focus area of the project, applicants must demonstrate experience with the study of studying psychological mechanisms related to hostility, the ability to collect and analyze experimental data, have an excellent command of spoken and written English, and preferably have experience with publishing in international, peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to a CV, application letter, proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), publications or papers, interested candidates should provide a short research proposal (max. 3 pages), outlining potential avenues for research related to the focus of the position.
Who we are
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 emphasise a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness. With around 90 academic staff members and 45 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 emphasise communicating our research results to the political-administrative system and to the public in general.
For more information about the Department of Political Science, please see: .
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Michael Bang Petersen prior to submitting their application to learn more about the tasks, Email:
If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Anne Arnfeldt Källberg, Tel.: +45 8715 3631, Email:
Place of work
Department of Political Science, Bartholins Allé 7, DK - 8000 Aarhus C
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Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the as well as the circular on the (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the .
When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
- 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.
- Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found
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.
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The evaluation process
After the application deadline, an assessment committee is appointed. Please note that the assessment of applicants is based solely on the material received prior to the application deadline. For further information, see .
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.