JOB : 3 Post-Doctoral Research Fellows on life trajectories of immigrants and their descendants in Europe — LIMITE : 04/09/2019

3 Post-Doctoral Research Fellows on life trajectories of immigrants and their descendants in Europe, at the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)

Deadline for applications: 4 September 2019 

The University of St Andrews is seeking to appoint three Post-Doctoral Research Fellows to work on a project on Understanding Life Trajectories of Immigrants and Their Descendants in Europe and Projecting Future Trends (MigrantLife) funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The five-year project is led by Prof. Hill Kulu and it will investigate how employment, housing and family trajectories evolve and interact in the lives of immigrants and their descendants in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden; and how factors related to a societal context, an early life context and critical transitions shape their life histories. The study will project their future life trajectories using innovative computer simulation techniques, considering the main life domains and diversity between and within immigrant groups. The project will exploit large-scale longitudinal data from the four countries to deepen our understanding of the relationships between the three life domains, and the causes of less and more successful life trajectories among immigrants and their descendants. This project will show whether the current heterogeneity between and within immigrant and minority groups vanishes over time or rather persists, suggesting an increasing diversity of European societies.

This is an excellent opportunity for dynamic and dedicated researchers to work in an international team of researchers on a highly relevant topic. Research Fellows will investigate the interactions between employment, housing and family trajectories among immigrants and their descendants in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden, will project their future life trajectories, will contribute to comparative studies of the four European countries and will write up research results for publication in leading international social science journals. They will also help organise international workshops and will be responsible for the design and update of the project webpage. Each research fellow will be responsible for data preparation and analysis from one of the four countries. The candidates should have a PhD in a social science discipline (including statistics, applied mathematics and computer science), experience in handling longitudinal data and conducting event history analysis and/or microsimulation. Good communication and management skills are essential.

The posts are available from October 2019 for three years with the possibility of extension for one or two years.

Further details can be found at: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/6401/0/239995/889/research-fellow-3-ar2241sb.

Informal enquiries can be directed to: Professor Hill Kulu (Hill.Kulu@standrews.ac.uk).