Research Assistant with strong quantitative skills, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Applications are invited for a position as Research Assistant at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH). The position is available for 6 months from 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
The Research Assistant will collaborate with Associate Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen and Postdoc Claudia Acciai on a project focusing on national- and institution-related status dynamics in science, financed by the Carlsberg Foundation.

A project description is available here:

As part of a small research team, the Research Assistant will assist the team in designing and conducting a survey experiment and carrying out various forms of quantitative data analysis.

For further information about the position, please contact Mathias Wullum Nielsen 

Your Competencies and Opportunities
The candidate must have obtained a Master degree, preferably within the social sciences, information science, computer science, or related fields.
In assessing candidates’ qualifications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • Good results from the Master’s program
  • Strong quantitative methods skills
  • Experience with or interest in research, innovation, and higher education
  • Familiarity with commonly used scientific scripting language (e.g. SQL and R) and experience working with online survey tools (e.g. SurveyXact or Qualtrics) will be a plus but is not required.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences
The Department of Sociology is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact

For more on the Faculty strategy, see:

Terms of Employment

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found 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

International applicant?
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:

Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-0243/23-2O

Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Mathias Wullum Nielsen, e-mail: 

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. 

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

  • Cover letter (max 1 page). The cover letter should specify how the applicant’s qualifications and experiences match the project’s focus on studying processes of social stratification in science using quantitative and computational methods.
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/ Diploma, etc.).
  • If available, a list of publications.

The closing date for applications is 19 June 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: 19-06-2023
Employment start: 01-08-2023
Department/Location: Sociologisk Institut
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