Associate Researchers in Political Science

University of Gothenburg Department of Political Science


Associate Researchers to the Department of Political Science

Ref PAR 2021/968


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 specialisation 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 1 400 students and a staff of about 140. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

The department of political science is looking for two associate researchers for two months full-time work each in the research project “Non-Compliance as a Threat to International Collective Action”, which is funded by the Swedish research Council and led by Olof Larsson and Markus Johansson, in collaboration with the project “Cooperation and negotiations in the Council of the European Union”, which is led by Daniel Naurin, Markus Johansson and Rutger Lindahl. The project aims to increase our understanding of international cooperation and negotiations and how this is affected by rule compliance, specifically focused on the EU.

Job assignments

The job assignment includes the execution of telephone interviews with representatives of the member states in the EU Council of ministers’ working groups and committees, and to document the responses in a systematic way. The interviews will be held in English. Similar types of data gathering have been conducted on six previous occasions: 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018.


You should have at least a Bachelor degree in Political science, European studies, or another relevant field. Excellent skills in written and spoken English are required, since the interviews will be held in English. Skills in additional EU languages are a strong merit, in particular French. Knowledge of the EU institutions, particularly the Council of ministers, and EU decision-making procedures, is considered a merit.

It is a requirement to be able to work independently, be unafraid and persistent when contacting the people who will be interviewed. In the contacts with the interviewees, you also need to be able to raise interest in the project and be receptive in the interview situation, to ensure that the interviewees understand the questions, and to actively listen and receive the answers. Strong emphasis will be put on personal suitability for the position.


Fixed-term employment, two months, full time, placed at the Department of political science.
Start date 13 September or per agreement.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact Markus Johansson 

Olof Larsson

or administrative manager Anna-Karin Ingelström


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Closing date: August 22, 2021

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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