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Two Post Doc Positions: International Relations and Digital Diplomacy
University of Copenhagen

  • Apr. 3, 2018
  • Two Post Doc Positions: International Relations and Digital Diplomacy
  • Department of Political Science
  • University of Copenhagen
  • May 15, 2018
  • As soon as possible.
  • Post-Doc
  • International Relations/Foreign Service
    Political Science - International
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The research project "DIPLOFACE: Diplomatic Face-Work between Confidential Negotiations and Public Display":, directed by Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen (Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen) is hiring two Post Docs for three years. Start date: As soon as possible and no later than 1 September 2018.

DIPLOFACE explores the relationship between diplomatic negotiations and the public, taking the concept of ‘face-work’ to the international level. DIPLOFACE combines qualitative (participant observation, interviews) and quantitative methods (social network analysis, social data science), generating new knowledge about how the information revolution challenges and transforms diplomacy, how leaders and diplomats handle new media, and the role of face-saving and face-threatening strategies in international relations. The Post Docs will contribute to the project by theorizing and analyzing concrete cases of diplomatic face-work and the digital mediation of national identities and international conflicts. The project is funded by the European Research Council.


The positions are aimed at applicants who have obtained their PhD in political science or international relations in the past three years (An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances (such as sick leave, parental leave or similar).

The applicants should have proven research experience and academic publications in the area of international relations or political science. Furthermore, the applicants should have expertise in one or several of the following areas:

  • Qualitative methods such as participant observation and in-depth interviews
  • Analysis of social media data, including collecting and scraping data from websites, working with APIs, data manipulation, data visualization and quantitative analysis as well as experience with programming (e.g. R or Python)
  • European integration or the foreign policies of one or several of these countries: Turkey, Russia, Germany, Greece, France, Poland, UK
  • Fluency in one or more of the languages spoken in the countries above (desirable)

Considerable weight will be accorded to the ability to conduct independent research, scientific excellence, critical and creative thinking as well as the ability to work across disciplines and be a genuine team-player.

Experience from teaching and participation in the international research community, such as organizing workshops, seminars and academic conferences is seen as a merit.


The Post Docs are expected to:

  • Engage in and participate actively in the development of DIPLOFACE and its academic activities, including collaborate in refining the project design and methodology and further developing the theoretical framework
  • Collect, code and analyze relevant emperical material (e.g. observations, interviews, official documents, social media data).
  • Conduct field research in Brussels and selected European capitals (travel money covered by the project)
  • Prepare and participate in joint publications and workshops and help make an impact on the scholarly and public debate on diplomacy in the digital age
  • Contribute to and benefit from the flourishing intellectual life of the International Relations group and the Department of Political Science more broadly
  • Carry out administrative and coordination duties associated with the project, including interim reporting to the ERC

The application must be written in English and should contain a CV, a short motivation letter (maximum 2 pages), a list of publications, a maximum number of three scientific works, of which only one may be a monograph or compilation thesis and a copy of the doctoral certificate.

Application procedure:

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately 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 him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Salary and conditions of employment:

Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the 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 DKR 392,000 – 413,000 (EUR 52,600 – 55,400 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, 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. A special tax scheme is offered for researchers recruited abroad, see

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that 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

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



UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.


For further information about the position, please contact Rebecca Adler-Nissen,

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CEST, 15 May 2018.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

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  • Rebecca Adler-Nissen
    Department of Political Science
    University of Copenhagen


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