2 Postdoctoral positions (100%, 3 years) in Political Science for the Origins of Descriptive Representation (ODER) Project

The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for two postdoctoral positions (36 months). Supported by the Carlsberg Foundation, the chosen candidates will work in the Origins of Descriptive Representation (ODER) project alongside a research assistant and Associate Professor Frederik Hjorth (PI) as well as international collaborators.

The preferred starting date is 1 September 2023.

Your Duties and Responsibilities
As the core research unit of the ODER project, the chosen candidates will cooperate 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 contribute to the project with their expertise, interests, and skills, and is expected to publish scientific articles in international journals as well as to present findings at international conferences. In general, the position is highly research-focused, and funding is available for data collection and conference attendance such that candidates can extend their international network and increase their research expertise.

Your Competencies and Opportunities
The candidate must have obtained a PhD degree in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, or a related field. Ideally, applicants have research experience in political representation, party politics, methods for causal inference, and/or text as data. Candidates with strong research interests in these areas and methodological interests and skills are encouraged to apply. The ideal applicant has publication experience in internationally recognized scientific journals, and the chosen candidate is expected to contribute with collaboration skills to the research team. High proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement. Given the task of working with data on Danish candidacies and occupation labels, some familiarity with Danish or a related language, such as but not limited to Scandinavian languages, Dutch, or German is an advantage but not a requirement.

Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (https://polsci.ku.dk) hosts a large group of productive faculty, post docs and PhD-students. The research of the department covers a wide range of topics and methodologies, and has an international work environment.

Terms of Employment

  • The exact salary depends on the chosen pension scheme and taxation, but can be expected to be around 35,700 DKK/month (before taxes) plus a 17.1% pension contribution.

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

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

International applicants
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/.

Contact information
For information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Frederik Hjorth, e-mail: fh@ifs.ku.dk.

Information about the recruitment process is available from Dorthea Andersen, HR, e.mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID 211-1365/23-2I #1.

How to apply
Submit your completed 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.  

Your application needs to be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Cover/Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae including publication list and conference presentation list
  • Diplomas (Bachelor, Master, and PhD, if applicable)
  • 2 scientific articles (published or unpublished)

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2023, 23:59 CEST.

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-05-2023
Employment start: 01-09-2023
Department/Location: Institut for Statskundskab
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