Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Post-Doc/Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography

Posted: 3/30/2018 (Employment)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is recruiting 2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs/Research Scientists to join the newly established Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography.

The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic centers in the world. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of over 80 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, and the humanities, and they offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.

The Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography, headed by MPIDR Director Emilio Zagheni, is looking for candidates with a background in Demography, Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Applied Mathematics, or related disciplines.

The successful candidate must have a PhD (or receive it soon) and is expected to conduct cutting-edge research in the field of Digital and Computational Demography. Priority areas for the Laboratory include:

  1. Using Web and Social Media data to study demographic processes, like migration, fertility, health indicators, intergenerational relationships, and gender disparities.
  2. Developing innovative forms of data collection for demographic research (e.g., surveys via Web and Social Media advertisement platforms or data collected via sensors, tracking devices, or Web Apps).
  3. Leveraging agent-based models and microsimulation to understand individual- and population-level processes.
  4. Evaluating the impact of the digitalization of our lives on demographic behavior and population processes.

Depending on interest and fit, the successful candidate would have the opportunity to participate in ongoing collaborative initiatives with leading scholars in digital and computational demography based at other institutions. These include Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute) and Francesco Billari (Bocconi University).

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Deadline: 04/08/2018

Location: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research