Assistant Professorship in Department of Political Science, Aarhus University

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Oct 2023

The Department of Political Science, Aarhus University in Denmark invites applications for one assistant professorship in connection with the research project “The role of Voting Advice Applications in Representative Democracy”. The position is located at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. Successful candidates are expected to start by January 1, 2024, but can be flexible subject to mutual agreement. 

The employment is a fixed-term appointment which will terminate on June 30, 2027. 

The role of Voting Advice Applications in Representative democracy

The project investigates whether and how Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) shape voting behavior in representative democracies. Specifically, it focuses on three overarching research questions: 1) Who (if any) are influenced by VAA advice? 2) Do those who are affected become more likely to vote for representatives who match their political preferences? 3) Which types of VAAs have these effects? To answer these questions, the project uses data from an original VAA that is hosted on the news organization Jyllands-Posten’s website.

The position also offers opportunities to develop new research questions that are related to the project’s overarching goals.

The research project is financed by the Danish Research Council for the period January 2023 to June 2027. The senior researcher is associate professor Mathias Wessel Tromborg.


The assistant professor will be involved in all aspects of the project, and is expected to engage in the investigation of how society can increase citizen engagement with, and knowledge of, their political system. 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 independent and collaborative research within the focus areas of the project, applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct quantitative and causal research within the field of political behavior. Proficiency in Danish is preferable.

Who we are

The Department of Political Science is among Europe’s highest ranking Political Science departments. It is large, among other things because it includes a large Public Administration section. With around 130 academic staff members and 40 PhD students, we offer a lively and ambitious research and teaching environment. The Department of Political Science emphasises a dynamic and flexible research and teaching profile characterised by pluralism and openness.

The research conducted at the department covers most political science disciplines and represents a variety of methodological approaches. This enables us to focus on new problem areas as they appear in the national and international political arena, and it allows us to contribute actively to the development of the discipline. We also emphasise communicating our research results to the political administrative system and to the public in general.

The department is one of six departments at Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Science), one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. Aarhus BSS unites the business and social science-related research fields and brings them closer together to reflect the close relationship between society and the business community. As part of a top-100 university, Aarhus BSS has achieved the distinguished AASCB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations.

For more information about the Department of Political Science, please click here .

Further information

For further information about the position and the department, please contact associate professor Mathias Wessel Tromborg, Tel.: +45 87 16 43 25, Email:

If you need help uploading your application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Line Møller Kristiansen Tel.: +45 93 52 29 04 Email: .

Place of work

Department of Political Science, Bartholins Alle 7, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

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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, PhD 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 & PhD, Aarhus University, Tåsingegade 1, 2nd floor, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

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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. For further information, see

Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS


Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website


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