Research Fellow of Digital Governance

University of Tartu Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies


Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies


Duties and responsibilities
1) Research, development and creative activities (RDC), at least 70% of working time
  • Participation in RDC activities in the field of the ERA chair in e-governance.
  • Internationally recognised research in four years at least in the volume equivalent to that of two doctoral theses (six articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals) related to topics given above.
  • Development of skills necessary for RDC activities, and professional development.

2) Teaching and activities related to the administration and development of teaching, up to 20% of working time:

  • Teaching up to two e-governance or digitalization courses per year, using modern teaching methods and educational technology, supervising primarily students of the first and second level of higher education.
  • Professional development to enhance teaching and supervising skills.

3) Participation in the governance and institutional development of the university and social and public activities, up to 10% of working time:

  •  Participation in the work of the university’s and/or institute's decision-making bodies is recommended.
  •  Popularisation of the specialisation.
Required qualifications
PhD or an equivalent qualification.
Required experience
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in organising RDC activities in the specialisation.
  • Internationally recognised professional research, the volume of which so far is equivalent to that of at least one doctoral thesis (three articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals).
  • Data analysis skills, ideally both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Proven project application and management skills.
Required language skills
Very good command of English (equivalent to C1-level). Additional language skills are a plus.

Starting at
01.03.2021, temporary contract to 28.02.2025
Remuneration based on UT Salary Rules.
Additional info
University of Tartu (UT) is looking for a research fellow in digital governance based in Tartu, Estonia, to join a young and growing research group as part of the ERA Chair in e-Governance and Digital Public Services. The research fellow is expected to engage in research, teaching and dissemination activities in the realm of e-governance and digital public services (e-taxation, e-voting, cross-border governance) in close cooperation with institutions both within Estonia and internationally.

The research fellow will enjoy access to unique datasets on digital services usage patterns in Estonia as well as being able to participate in national and international R&D projects focused on implementing data driven services, studying e-government applications and ecosystems, piloting future digital services as well as conducting impact assessments of digitalization. Lessons learned from Estonia are in turn helpful in promoting and developing public e-services internationally.

The ERA Chair is led by professor Robert Krimmer. His research is focused on digital transformation, cross-border e-services, electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, and all issues further developing a digital society. Robert is Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues. In 2019, he has been mentioned as one of the top 16 academics within the list of 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical.

The ERA Chair is embedded in the Center for IT Impact Studies (CITIS). CITIS is dedicated to understanding and improving the way public e-services impact the daily functioning of the state. CITIS focuses on (1) utilizing the autogenerated big data from various Estonian public e-services to estimate the impact those services have economically, politically and socially; (2) developing new, science-based e-services through the cross-usage of various databases; (3) understanding the impact these services have on digital ecosystems; and on various teaching activities to disseminate these analytical skills.

According to the ISI Web of Science, University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's most-cited universities and research institutions. CITIS and the ERA-Chair are part of the Johan Skytte Institute for Political Studies, which belongs to the top 10 best departments of politics in the Nordic-Baltic region and 101-150 Politics & International Studies departments in the world (according to QS World University Rankings 2019).

Tartu has a very welcoming working and living environment. As an old University town, it is considered the intellectual capital of Estonia and the center of Estonian academics. It has a vibrant culture and is one of the most affordable, safest and cleanest cities in Europe. As Estonia’s second largest city with a population of 100,000 it is a genuine university town where every fifth resident is a student. It provides the ideal living and study environment, with youthful people and a vibrant cultural life Furthermore, it provides an ideal environment for families with international day-care services, and a school offering international IBO programmes for all grades.

Additional info Robert Krimmer, Professor of e-Governance, robert.krimmer [ät] and Mihkel Solvak, Head of CITIS, mihkel.solvak [ät]

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