Two two-year research fellows in demography at Stockholm University – application deadline April 15

Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA) is hiring two two-year research fellows in demography. Both positions will be located at Stockholm University’s Department of Sociology and its Demography Unit. The department has about 100 employees, organizes teaching at all levels, and is home to several research projects in Demography and Sociology. The department is consistently ranked among the top-50 departments in the world by QS University Rankings. Demography is recognized as one of Stockholm University’s leading research areas.

The positions will be filled for a fixed term of two years (prolongation under special circumstances). For full descriptions of the open positions and on how to apply through the university’s online application system, please visit

Research fellow in demography with focus on register-based research
This position will be linked to The Stockholm University SIMSAM Node for Demographic Research (SUNDEM, The project brings together researchers on fertility, mortality, migration and family dynamics from the Departments of Sociology and Human Geography and collaborates with register researchers in other Nordic countries. The overarching goal is to produce research that exploits the unique qualities that only register data have.

The researcher is expected to bring along plans for his/her own research, to collaborate with other project members, and contribute to the development of Nordic register-based research. (S)he is expected to perform high level research and publish in international journals. Applicants must have completed their PhD study before taking up the announced position and be fluent in spoken and written English. Employment criteria include the degree to which the applicant’s research plan supports the project’s overall goals and provides opportunities to develop register-based demographic research.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with the project coordinator Professor Gunnar Andersson or other project members about their current and future research agendae.

The application must include a cover letter, research plan (max 3 pages), curriculum vitae with list of publications, contact data for two reference persons, a copy of any PhD diploma, and two-three manuscripts with own research.

Research fellow in demography with focus on mortality research
The position, with a focus on mortality research, is associated with two large-scale research projects (50 % each) in the Department of Sociology. (i) Tacking Inequalities in Time of Austerity (TITA) is a research consortium financed by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council and is co-ordinated by the University of Turku with Stockholm University as one of its biggest partners. TITA focuses on research on multiple forms of social inequality, including inequalities in health and mortality. The appointed research fellow will join the research group on socioeconomic and regional inequalities in mortality in Finland and/or Sweden. (ii) Stockholm University SIMSAM Node for Demographic Research (SUNDEM) is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) through the Swedish Initiative for research on Microdata in the Social and Medical Sciences (SIMSAM). The appointed research fellow is expected to develop her/his own research project under SUNDEM.  

The position involves research in mortality, primarily with population register data from Sweden and Finland. The research fellow is expected to participate in research on socioeconomic and regional inequalities in mortality under TITA as well as conduct her/his own research on mortality.

The successful applicant is at the time of appointment expected to have, or be very close to completing (”all but defended”), a doctoral degree in a relevant field (demography, sociology, epidemiology, public health, etc.). Additionally, the successful applicant is expected to a) show interest and experience in mortality research or a closely related field, b) be an independent researcher with collaborative skills, and c) have strong skills in relevant quantitative research with large and complex datasets.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Juho Härkönen (PI of Stockholm TITA node; +46 8 16 3189), Professor Gunnar Andersson (PI of SUNDEM; +46 8 16 3261), Associate Professor Sunnee Billingsley (+46 8 16 2276), or Dr Sven Drefahl (+46 8 16 2287).

The application must include a cover letter, CV with list of publications, three-page research proposal, any PhD diploma, contact details of two reference persons, and up to three publications. Start date 2016-09-01 or as per agreement.