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Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and Social Demography

Posted: 10/31/2017 (Employment)

The Department of Sociology, University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the project ‘Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality: Risk, Vulnerability, and Cumulative Disadvantage’. This is a transnational research programme involving four institutions: University of Amsterdam, University of Oxford, Stockholm University and the University of Lausanne. The project will run until 2020 and is funded by a Euro NORFACE DIAL grant.

The project’s main objectives are to understand (1) how job loss and union dissolution contribute to the accumulation of (dis)advantage over life course: (2) what mechanisms explain the (unequal) impact of these events: and (3) which work and family policies are effective in targeting these mechanisms in order to reduce inequality.

Working with Professors Christiaan Monden and Erzsebet Bukodi, the Postdoctoral Researcher will take the lead on analysing the prospective 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies, and also investigate linkages to study outcomes earlier in life.

The successful candidate will hold or expect to obtain a PhD in sociology, demography, economics, social statistics, social policy or some related discipline. Strong grounding in quantitative research methods (methods for longitudinal data analysis, in particular), demonstrated by published (or accepted) research papers in academic journals, with evaluation judged relative to career stage, and a knowledge of the broadly defined subject area – inequalities over the life-course.

The post is full-time, on a fixed-term contract for 36 months starting as soon as possible.

Applications, including a covering letter, CV and the names of three referees, should be submitted by 12:00 noon on November 3, 2017.

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Deadline: 11/03/2017

Location: University of Oxford