Two Postdoc positions in sociology with a focus on science of science

Applications are invited for two PostDoc positions at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The positions are available for three years from July 1 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term academic position. The position is heavily weighted in favour of research. Other duties (e.g., research administration) may have to be performed to a limited extent. The University determines the exact ratio between the various responsibilities. The ratio may vary over time.

The Postdocs will collaborate with Associate Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen on the project “Quantifying institutional and country-related Matthew effects in science”. The Carlsberg Foundation finances the project. A project description is available here: As part of a small research team, the postdocs will help lead efforts in developing and maintaining large-scale relational databases of science-related data, designing and conducting quasi-experiments, survey experiments, and carrying out various forms of quantitative data analysis. The selected candidates will be expected to contribute substantially to publications in the research group, both as first and secondary authors.


In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD. The ideal candidates will have a PhD in sociology, political science, economics, education, biostatistics or related fields. We seek applicants with strong statistical skills and experience with managing large datasets and relational databases. Familiarity with commonly used scientific scripting languages (e.g. SQL, R, or Python) and/or survey experiments will be a plus. We also seek candidates with good communication skills in spoken and written English, and an ability to produce state-of-the art social-science research.

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

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

Salary and conditions of employment
Salary and terms of appointment will be in accordance with an agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 412.000 – 434.000 (EUR 55,000 – 57,900 app.). The University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.

An agreement between The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here:​​ and

The application should be in English and must include the following enclosures:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages). 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/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment and the PhD thesis (if applicable). The selected publications must be uploaded as attachments. Should any of the submitted publications consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Application procedure
Applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the appointment committee. All applicants are subsequently notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant. 

The University of Copenhagen encourages everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  

Further information about the application procedure or salary is available from HR-officer Salma Schou, e-mail:, please refer to ID 211-0396/20-2I.

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online not later than April 24, 2020. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.


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Ansøgningsfrist: 24-04-2020
Ansættelsesdato: 01-07-2020
Afdeling/Sted: Sociologisk Institut

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