Posted on: 20 December, 2018
Application deadline: February 3, 2019
Associate Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor, tenure track) in Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
The Department of Political Science has an open climate which encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialization include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalization, environmental politics as well as European studies. The department houses research programs such as QoG institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Governance and local development (GLD), and The Swedish Election Studies Program. The department offers education on all levels; undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, carried out in both English and Swedish. We have a total of 1,400 students enrolled in our courses, and 140 people are employed at the Department. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a large-scale data collection and research-program. The V-Dem Institute, Directed by Professor Staffan I. Lindberg, has received several large-scale grants from among others the European Research Council, several from ministries of foreign affairs, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, The Swedish Research Council, Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg and Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundations.
Subject area: Political Science, Comparative Politics
Subject area description: Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, nation, government, and politics and policies of government on a national and international perspective
The term for this position in Swedish is “biträdande lektor”. The university’s official translation (in British English) is Associate Senior Lecture, which is the equivalent to Assistant Professor on tenure-track.
The Assistant Professor/Associate Senior Lecturer (tenure-track, 5 years) is primarily expected to conduct research with a focus on the main questions of the research project “Endangered Democracies: Sequences of Autocratization” (EDSA), which is a new project within the V-Dem umbrella), in collaboration with other scholars at the V-Dem Institute. You can download the project description from http://pol.gu.se/english/varieties-of-democracy–v-dem–
In addition, the successful applicant is expected to teach in the department and to contribute to the daily activities of the V-Dem Institute as needed. Research is, however, guaranteed at a minimum of 50 percent of full time employment (FTE).
Eligibility (Minimum Requierements)
Eligibility for this position is stated in Chapter 4, subsec. 12 a, and 12 b of the Higher Education Ordinance and in the University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers. Applicants with a doctorate in political science or related field, or with equivalent competence, not older than five years at the conclusion of the application period, will be given primary consideration. Applicants who have obtained a doctorate earlier may also be considered if there are special reasons. Special reasons include leave of absence due to illness, service in the armed forces or other part of the national defense organization, commissions of trust within professional, union and student organizations, parental leave or other similar circumstances.
Assessment (Desired Qualifications)
Applications will be evaluated primarily on research excellence in comparative politics with a particular view towards areas of relevance to the EDSA project, and secondary on merits with regard to teaching. Comparative research at high international level relevant for the study of democratic backsliding/autocratization, authoritarian regimes, democratization, and/or political development, is prioritized in the evaluation of applications. One or more of the following scientific skills are also meritorious:
- A well-developed proposal of high scientific quality, for a research project that falls within and preferably further develops EDSA (see link to program description below);
- Advanced time-series, cross-sectional regression techniques, Vector Auto-Regression (VAR), sequencing algorithms, and/or optimal matching methods.
Documented experience with teaching at under-/graduate level, including lectures, seminars, and advising on papers, is required. Candidates will be requested to demonstrate their teaching abilities.
The applicant should demonstrate resourcefulness, flexibility, and very good ability to work together in different configurations. Excellence in English (orally and written) is a requirement. We will make an overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications and potential with regards to the varying tasks that may be required within EDSA and V-Dem, as well as the applicant’s teaching skills. Personal qualities relevant for the position are of great importance
Documented experience with service to the profession and collaboration with the practitioners/policy community is a merit.
Additional information (Requirements for Tenure and Promotion after Five Years)
An Associate Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor is entitled to be evaluated for promotion to Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor with tenure (in Swedish: “universitetslektor”), before the end of the fixed-term five-year employment.
For promotion after the five years on tenure-track, the requirements for promotion in the subject area and the criteria of University of Gothenburg must be fulfilled. For this position, the following are also requirements for promotion and tenure:
- Significant advancement of high-quality research equivalent to at least another doctorate as published research findings addressing the questions of the EDSA project, in some combination of articles in leading international peer review journals, a book and/or a number of book chapters published by leading international press’.
- University teacher’s training (15 points worth in the Swedish system) or otherwise acquired equivalents including a demonstrated continuous development in teaching abilities, is a requirement for promotion.
- Service to the wider society is expected to be directed towards democracy-promoting actors in particular.
- Finally, the candidate must be able to demonstrate ability to teach political science courses in the Swedish language (as evidenced by actual teaching, or by Swedish advanced course certificate).
The application for tenure and promotion must be submitted six months before the end of the employment time (i.e. latest 4.5 years after starting the position).
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 5 years, with possibility for tenure and promotion. Extent: 100 % Location: V-Dem Institute, Department of Political Science, Gothenburg First day of employment: 2019-08-15 (negotiable)
Please apply online. Since we will recruit international peer reviewers, we advise that applicantions be submitted in English.
Applicants are expected to visit http://pol.gu.se/english/varieties-of-democracy–v-dem-, and download the project description for ”Endangered Democracies: Sequences of Autocratization” (EDSA).
The application letter should relate to the project description and state clearly how the applicant fulfills the criteria stated above.
The application should also include: a research proposal (3-7 pages) directly addressing the EDSA project; a CV including both scientific and pedagogical merits; 3 to 5 writing samples; an excerpt from Google Scholar with information about the number of citations, h-index; and a list of at least three persons who are prepared to submit letters of recommendation upon request.
Any application materials that cannot be submitted in electronic form via the application portal, should be sent to:
Göteborgs universitet Statsvetenskapliga institutionen Att. Anna-Karin Ingelström Box 711 405 30 Göteborg
For further information:
Regarding the position please contact; Staffan I Lindberg, Professor Phone +46 31 786 1226 firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact; Anna-Karin Ingelström, Administrative manager Phone + 46 31 786 1190 email@example.com
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives
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.
The application is to be written in English.
Closing date: February 2nd 2019
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.