3 Assistant Professorships at Aarhus University

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2-3 assistant professorships are open within the ERC Consolidator project Pledges and Democracy (PLEDGEDEM) at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.

The starting date is January 1st 2020 or subject to mutual agreement.

The PLEDGEDEM project
PLEDGEDEM asks fundamental questions about the relationship between politicians and voters in a representative democracy, election campaigns, and the political role of media. More exactly, the aim of PLEDGEDEM is to explore the role of election pledges in politics. The project is interested in all aspects of the politics of pledges, including among other questions: How do pledges matter for voters’ democratic behavior and beliefs? How do elite actors strategically use pledges? Does the media affect the content of pledges and the likelihood they are kept? PLEDGEDEM is relevant for applicants with expertise in political behavior, political communication, public policy, and/or comparative politics.

Job description
PLEDGEDEM is financed by the European Research Council for the period 2019-2024. The research group is led by Professor Carsten Jensen. The assistant professors will be employed as part of the research group and are expected to devote their research time to the project and engage in collaborative research within the focus of the project. The position will imply approximately 35% teaching in the BA and MA programs of the department. Through the research group, the assistant professors will have access to significant funding for conferences, data collection, etc.

Your qualifications
Applicants are expected to hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in political science or a related social science field. In addition to interest in conducting collaborative research within the focus of the project, applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct state-of-the-art research within the field, possess strong methodological skills, extensive experience with empirical research, and an excellent command of spoken and written English. Each assistant professorship is expected to last 3-4 years starting January 1, 2020 but both duration and starting date can be negotiated.

In addition to a CV, proof of PhD degree (or the near completion of a PhD degree), publications or papers, interested applicants should submit an application letter (2-3 pages) motivating why the applicant is interested in being part of PLEDGEDEM and how the applicant can contribute to the success of the project, outlining potential avenues for research relevant to the focus of the project.

Who we are
The Department of Political Science at Aarhus University is among the leading European political science departments. With about 100 faculty members, a diverse and international group of Ph.D. students and postdocs, and 1,700 students, the department offers lively and ambitious research and teaching environment with many international visitors and workshops and a strong international orientation. The city of Aarhus is a lively student city with about 300,000 inhabitants.

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Professor Carsten Jensen (carstenj@ps.au.dk) prior to submitting their application.
If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Rikke Horsted Bundgaard, tel.: +45 87153551, email: rhb@au.dk

Place of work
Place of work is Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus

International applicant?
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Terms of employment
The appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish).
The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure

  • When you apply for this position it is mandatory to attach the following:
  • Application
  • 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, Ph.D. 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 may be submitted. 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. Please use this template
  • Teaching portfolio. The specific requirements regarding the documentation can be found here

Materials that cannot be uploaded together with the application may be submitted in three copies to Aarhus BSS HR & Ph.D., Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.
Read more about how to apply for an academic position at Aarhus BSS here.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of personal background.