Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology

School/Institution:University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford

Discipline: Other

Employment Type:Full-time

Posted:2020-01-20

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and Social Demography

Division: Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Location: 42-43 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD
Grade and salary: Grade 7 £32,817 - £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full time
Reporting to: Professor Christiaan Monden
Vacancy reference: 144102
Research topic: Family size matters: How low fertility affects the (re)production of social inequalities (FAMSIZEMATTERS)
Principal Investigator /supervisor: Professor Christiaan Monden
Funding partner: The funds supporting this research project are provided by ERC.

The role
The Postdoctoral Research will work in the European Research Council funded project FAMSIZEMATTERS Family size matters: How low fertility affects the (re)production of  social inequalities, led by Christiaan Monden (Principle Investigator).
Within the FAMSIZEMATTERS project we study a range of elated questions on the consequences of low fertility for inequalities in
  • children
  • Adults
  • Societies.
The project takes a quantitative comparative approach over time and across societies in Europe and East-Asia.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to engage in advanced independent research within the remit of the project. More specifically, he/she will shape and carry out research on one or more of the sub-themes of the larger project with particular attention to gender inequalities or simulation modelling.
The postholder will be expected to publish research of an internationally excellent standard, and to participate fully in the research life of the research group and Department.
Responsibilities
  • To engage in advanced independent, methodologically and theoretically sophisticated research in the field of social demography, sociology and/or demography.
  • To publish research of an internationally excellent standard.
  • To support and collaborate with the PI in data preparation, data analysis, writing up and other aspects of his work related to this ERC project.
  • To work as part of a research team and provide guidance to junior members of the research group including research assistants and students.
  • To participate in the research life of the department.
  • To act as a source of information and advice to other members of the research group and assist with day-to-day research, e.g. helping to develop work plans, monitoring progress and highlighting risks or issues as appropriate.
  • To work independently and manage own academic research and administrative activities, prioritising and coordinating aspects of research and administrative work to meet deadlines.
  • To develop ideas for research grants, assist in preparation of proposals for future projects, and assist in grant reporting.
  • To represent the research group at internal and external meetings/seminars and present papers at conferences and public meetings.
  • To carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups, within the remit of the ERC project.
Selection criteria
Essential
  • Hold, or be close to completion of a doctorate in sociology, demography, economics, statistics or another relevant discipline (for close to completion, must have submitted thesis as a minimum).
  • Have a strong record in quantitative research methods, demonstrated by published (or accepted) research papers in academic journals, with evaluation judged relative to career stage.
  • Ability to work independently but also to collaborate with research colleagues.
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities.
  • Have excellent communication skills, including English language skills, the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.
Desirable
  • Excellent skills in analysis and management of quantitative data in R or Stata.
  • Experience with one (or more) of the following: agent based modelling or other forms of simulation modelling; time-series-analysis; survival analysis; multistate life table analysis,population projections.
  • Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project.
  • Experience with cross-national comparative research.
  • Experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication.
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As well as undertaking cutting-edge research and hosting the interdisciplinary Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science (LCDS), the Department carries out the full range of postgraduate teaching and research, provides teaching and support for undergraduate courses administered by other departments, and has around 60 staff and around 100 graduate students and academic visitors. The Department offers two taught courses: a one-year MSc in Sociology and a two-year MPhil in Sociology and Demography, which together have an intake of about 30 students per year. In addition, around 15 doctoral students are admitted each year. The Department of Sociology also offers teaching for the undergraduate degree programmes in Human Sciences, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

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