PhD scholarship at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) as part of the Origins of Descriptive Representation (ODER) Project
Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Political Science. Supported by the Carlsberg Foundation, the chosen candidate will work in the Origins of Descriptive Representation (ODER) project alongside a postdoc, a research assistant, and Associate Professor Frederik Hjorth (PI) as well as international collaborators. Enrolment will be at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences.
As part of the ODER project, the chosen candidate will cooperate with the other project team members in using machine learning to digitize historical Danish general election data at the candidate level. The ODER project then uses these data to study how the election of underrepresented candidates—specifically, women and working-class candidates—affects the behavior of voters, competing parties, and other elected officials.
The chosen candidate will write their PhD thesis within the overall topic of the ODER project, including, but not necessarily limited to, studies using the data developed in the project. Candidates will be able to develop a distinct research focus within the project, and funding is available for data collection and conference attendance such that candidates can develop their international network and research expertise. More information about the ODER project is available on the project website: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/research/projects/oder/
The position starting date is on 1 January 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:
Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities.
Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Political Science: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/education/phd/ .
- The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.
- In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.
Scholarship in the 5+3 or in the 4+4 PhD study programme
The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two-year MSc degree programme or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.
The Department of Political Science
The Department is a top-ranked European Political Science department, which offers a vibrant, collegial and pluralist academic working environment for ambitious scholars. The pluralism of Political Science in Copenhagen is evidenced in the various epistemological and methodological approaches as well as sub-fields adopted by faculty, as well as in a wide range of core subjects in the MSc programme. The Department consists of some 75 faculty, which currently includes more than 10 tenure-track assistant professors, as well as some 25 PhD students, organized in four main researcher groups and a few centres. For more on the Department, please consult our webpage: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/
The Department has some 2,000 students across its study programmes and welcomes annually appr. 200 exchange and guest students from abroad. See more on the Department’s study programmes here: https://politicalscience.ku.dk/study/
The Department is located on an attractive, historic campus in central Copenhagen. Located in a capital, the Department has a strong tradition for engagement in policy development and impact, and in national and international public debates. We are interested in candidates who feel at
home in a pluralistic research environment that uses insights from research to confront pressing societal and political challenges.
How to apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.
- Cover Letter (detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project). The cover letter should include two or three brief descriptions of potential papers to develop as part of the PhD project.
- Diploma and transcripts of records (both BSc and MSc)
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences, you will find information about the application process, and enclosures to include with your electronic application:
The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here.
An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/.
For the official Code of Conduct for the Department of Political Science, see https://politicalscience.ku.dk/about/news/2022/code-of-conduct-announced/Plakat_8T_uncoated.pdf
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/
For information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Frederik Hjorth, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the recruitment process is available from Mette Overgaard, HR, e-mail: email@example.com. Please refer to ID 211-1532/23-2H #1.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST 1 October 2023.
Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.
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