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Research Assistant in data analysis

University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

With around 3 700 full-time equivalent students, 500 employees and 160 international partner universities, the main subjects of economics and law, and its four departments, the School of Business, Economics and Law offers a unique range. The School also provides unique collaborations with industry and the public sector. The School of Business, Economics and Law is EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accredited.

The Department of Economics belongs to the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg and the department has around 100 employees from several countries. The teaching within the department is economics and statistics and the department has around 800 students registered at courses and programs. A diverse set of researchers are located at the department where several of them are internationally well-known economists. The research conducted is within a broad range of areas, including labor, environmental, development, behavioral, and financial economics. More information about the department is available at

Job assignments

The tasks consist of being responsible for data collection and data management in various projects, such as extraction and organization of data, construction of databases, and to some extent analysis of data. The research projects the employee will be working on will vary, but include, among other things, one project exploring the effect of Covid-19 on mental health in India, one project exploring the impact of suicide accidents on the mental health of train drivers, and one project studying discrimination in academia. The successful candidate will work with a couple of different researchers, in English and in Swedish. Data will be collected via web scrapping, from research articles, and through contact with relevant authorities. Tasks include:

  • Organization of data.
  • Data extraction via scraping websites and analysis of research articles.
  • Creation of data bases.
  • Basic analysis of data.
  • Development of documentation.
  • Generation of graphs, figures and tables.
  • Provide feedback to the researchers.


We are looking for a candidate who has experience working with smaller and larger scale data to work on multiple research projects. The candidate should be able to work in a structured and independent manner with a focus on details, and be willing to go the extra mile. Applicants should have a master’s level education (or be studying towards one) in an area of relevance such as data science, economics, statistics etc. Experience of, and interest in, programming languages such as R or Python, working with tools for data extraction, organization and analysis, as well as handling large amounts of data is a requirement. Good knowledge of Swedish and English is also a requirement.


The position is a temporary employment for 6 months with an extent of 25% of full time, located at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Starting date is November 1st or upon agreement. The place of employment is Gothenburg and even if the university works remotely until September/ October, the applicant must, when restrictions ease, be able to work on site at the department.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact:
Eva Ranehill, Senior Lecturer, phone: 076-1150055, e-mail:


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Please attach the following in the application:

  • Personal letter stating why you fit the role
  • CV
  • Diploma/ degree certificate and grades
  • Other documents, relevant for the application

Closing date: 2021-10-19

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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