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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Employer: University of Essex (Institute for Social & Economic Research)
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Position Type: Post-Doc
  • Deadline: Feb 2, 2017

  • Job Description:

    The Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex wishes to appoint a quantitative social scientist to the post of Research Fellow or Senior Research Officer to work in the ESRC-funded Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC). This is a post-doctoral research post with no associated teaching duties.

    MiSoC is a multi-disciplinary research centre, with existing researchers having backgrounds in Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Demography, Political Science, Social Statistics and Epidemiology. The MiSoC research centre has enjoyed continuous ESRC funding from its inception in 1989. Its current programme, from 2014 to 2019, is directed by Professor Mike Brewer, with co-Directors Professors Sonia Bhalotra, Paul Clarke, Emilia Del Bono, Adeline Delavande, Steve Pudney (Sheffield) and David Voas (UCL). Over the years, MiSoC has studied the micro-social causes and consequences of macro-social change through a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary research agenda; a key unifying theme is the use of advanced quantitative methods and the analysis of longitudinal micro-data (i.e. individual-level data). The current (2014-2019) research programme, “Understanding individual and family behaviours in a new era of uncertainty and change”, has a UK core and international and comparative components and is divided into 3 strands - “Vulnerability, social insurance, and the dynamics of family finances, employment and health”, “New members of society: the formation of capabilities in children and young adults, and social mobility and integration amongst immigrants”, “Values, preferences and expectations” – and a cross-cutting strand focuses on advancing statistical methods to improve our ability to obtain robust empirical evidence from data analyses with statistical and econometric methods (for full details, see

    The successful candidate should hold, or be studying towards, a PhD, or have equivalent level experience. Applicants should have experience in research areas and evidence of a coherent and fertile research agenda that would enhance the MiSoC research programme. Applications should also demonstrate evidence of (for Research Fellows), or potential for (for Senior Research Officer), a strong entry to the next Research Excellence Framework, and the ability or potential to contribute to funding proposals to secure a research programme for MiSoC beyond September 2019.

    This appointment is full-time, fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance (or until 30 September 2019, the date on which the current MiSoC programme ends, if that comes first). Re-appointment is subject to funding and performance.

    The University of Essex is one of the leading universities in Europe for social science research: the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) put it in the top 5 in the UK for social science, and the University is ranked 7th in the UK for economics. The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) is one of the world’s leading quantitative social science research institutes, internationally recognised as a centre of excellence and expertise in the analysis of longitudinal data, and for its research across a range of social science disciplines.

    Applications should be made on-line at There you will find a full job description, person specification and more information relating to this post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. If you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone the Resourcing Team (01206 874693/873521).