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Research assistant with strong quantitative skills, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University 1003567

The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University invites applications for a position as research assistant. The expected starting date is November 1, 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter. The expected duration for this fulltime position is 2-3 years.

Job Description
The research assistant will be involved in a research project on the social dynamics of science funded by the Aarhus University’s Research Foundation. The selected candidate will assist the project team in developing and maintaining large-scale relational databases of science-related data, designing and conducting survey experiments, and carrying out various forms of quantitative data analysis. The research assistant will be responsible for setting up online surveys and harvesting relevant literature for systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

The research assistant will also participate in other research and government projects. The specific tasks may vary, but will typically involve:
•    Data collection, analysis and presentation
•    Use of quantitative and/or qualitative methods
•    Secretariat functions in project registry
•    Planning and completion of workshops/conferences

Appointment as a research assistant requires a master's 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 skills
•    Experience with or interest in research, innovation and university policy
•    Collaborative skills, commitment and Danish / English skills
•    Familiarity with commonly used scientific scripting languages (e.g. SQL and R) and experience working with online survey tools (e.g. Survey Exact or Qualtrics) will be a plus but is not required.

About CFA
Research at The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy is broadly concerned with empirical studies related to research policy, innovation policy, and higher-education policy. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on innovation, quality in research and higher education, research funding, research integrity, gender in science, and responsible research and innovation.

For examples of current research and consultancy activities, please click here.

Further information
Applicants are welcome to contact Center Director Carter Bloch ( and Assistant Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen ( prior to submitting their application to learn more about the position.

If applicants need help uploading the application or have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR supporter Mette Fisker Præstegaard, Tel.: +45 87152497, Email:

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Place of work
Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

Qualification requirements
The qualification requirement for appointment as research assistant is a Master's degree.

Terms of employment
The appointment is 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.

The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in Circular on Terms of Employment for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
It is obligatory to attach the following when you apply for this position:
Curriculum Vitae.
Education (diploma for master's, PhD and possibly higher doctoral degree)

Materials which 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.

Read more about how to apply for an academic post 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. For further information, see Guidelines for Assessment Committee, Aarhus BSS.

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


All applications must be made online and received by:

Please apply online here

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