Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Post-Docs/Research Scientists, Digital and Computation Demography

Posted: 10/5/2018 (Employment)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is recruiting 2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs/Research Scientists to join the 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 background in Demography, Computer Science, Statistics, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Applied Mathematics, or related disciplines.

The successful candidate must have a PhD (or receive it soon) and is expected to conduct cutting-edge population research. Ideal candidates would excel in two or more of the following dimensions: a) strong statistical and computational skills; b) a deep understanding of population processes and social demography; c) the ability to work in teams in an interdisciplinary context; d) high scholarly productivity, commensurate to experience.

Substantive areas of particular interest for the Lab include: Migration; Population Aging and Intergenerational Relationships; The impact of Social Media and Digitalization of life on health, well-being and demographic behavior.

Technical areas of particular interest for the Lab include: Methods for complementing social media and other innovative data sources with traditional data for population research (including statistical methods for estimation and projections of demographic quantities); Development of innovative forms of data collection for demographic research (e.g., surveys via Web and Social Media advertisement platforms or data collection via sensors, tracking devices, or Web Apps); Web experiments; Demographic Simulation.

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.

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Deadline: 10/30/2018

Location: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany