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Postdoctoral Researcher, Fertility Stalls in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted: 2/15/2019 (Employment)

Postdoctoral researcher (2.5 years) on Fertility Stalls in sub-Saharan Africa (UCLouvain, Belgium)

The Centre for Demographic Research of the UCLouvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – recruits a Postdoctoral researcher to work on the FNRS-funded STALL project.

 Job description

This project has three broad objectives : documenting stalls in sub-Saharan Africa, describing their demographic dynamics, and identifying their underlying causes. The project will use demographic surveys and censuses from a large number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and will document case studies in selected countries.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with the lead researcher. He/she will participate in the following activities:

  • Analysis of demographic surveys and censuses and other data sources.
  • Fieldwork in selected countries.
  • Presentations at international conferences.
  • Publications of journal articles on fertility changes in sub-Saharan Africa.


  • PhD in demography or related discipline.
  • Very good knowledge of demographic and statistical methods for the analysis of fertility data.
  • Very good knowledge of the literature on fertility changes in Africa.
  • Strong quantitative skills and very good knowledge of STATA and/or R.
  • Experience in sub-Saharan Africa, and willingness to travel to several African countries.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Good working knowledge of English and/or French.
  • Experience with qualitative methods is appreciated.


  • Starting date: June 2019.
  • Duration: 30 months.
  • Net monthly allowance of 2,490 €.
  • Candidates should have completed their PhD in the past 5 years.
  • Candidates should not have lived in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years preceding the start of the contract.


Applications will include a complete CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of two reference persons who can be contacted.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Bruno Schoumaker ( before March 1, 2019.

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Deadline: 02/28/2019

Location: UCLouvain, Belgium