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PhD in Populism, the Popular (folkelighed) and Democracy

Roskilde Universitet


The Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD in Populism, the Popular (folkelighed) and Democracy starting from 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years.

Description of the PhD project
The working title of the PhD project is: The Construction of the People in the Social Democracy in the beginning of the 20th century and the Danish People’s Party

The PhD project is a part of a larger research project, In the Name of the People - Populism and the popular: threats or promises to democracy? Co-financed between the Danish Research Council FSE (primary) The Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University. Please contact project leader Allan Dreyer Hansen (see below) for a description of the entire project including the PhD. Applicants are expected to elaborate the description of the PhD project in a project description of max 4 pages, incl. conceptual and methodological tools to be used, as well as a time schedule for the three years. As the two cases are Danish applicants must be fluid in both written and spoken Danish (preferable) or another Scandinavian language.

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business, which provides PhD training and research within an interdisciplinary, international, and professional environment. The Doctoral School is part of a dynamic community of researchers who share a commitment to understanding society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. Researchers come from all over the world and engage in topics that are geographically, theoretically and methodologically diverse. The Doctoral School is divided into four PhD programs: International Studies, Business Studies, Social Studies and Public Administration. As a PhD student you will be associated with the phd programme in Social Studies. Further information here:

You will associated with the research group Power, Identity and Critique,

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (,

You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within social science, preferably within political science, sociology, public administration (or related fields). Qualifications within the following areas are required:

  • Danish or other Scandinavian language, well spoken and written
  • Danish (Scandinavian) politics and recent political history
  • Qualitative methods, especially document studies
  • Discourse analysis or equivalent approaches

We expect you to be enterprising and cooperative, to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, and to be willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;
  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education:
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.

In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Quality and relevance of the project description (as specified above)
    • Your project description (which must be in English) shall be no more than 4 pages
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
  • The extent to which the PhD project seems realistic and feasible
  • Ability to complete the PhD project
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School

For further information about the position, please contact Associated Prof. Allan Dreyer Hansen on tel. (+45) 4674 2756 or mail:

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week, and you will refer to Head of Department Peter Kragelund

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:
  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent
  4. Your description of the PhD project
  5. Your time schedule of the PhD project
  6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

Please submit your application no later than June 7, 2019 AM
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


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