Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (University of St Andrews, Scotland)

Vacancy Description

School of Geography & Sustainable Development,
Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum, 
Start: January 2020 or as soon as possible,
Fixed term for 3 years

We are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 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 selected European countries; 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 a dynamic and dedicated researcher to work in an international team of researchers on a highly relevant topic. The Research Fellow will investigate the interactions between employment, housing and family trajectories among immigrants and their descendants, will project their future life trajectories, will contribute to comparative studies of European countries and will write up research results for publication in leading international social science journals. S/he will also help organise international workshops and will be responsible for the design and update of the project webpage. The Research Fellow will be responsible for data preparation and analysis from one of the following countries: the UK, France, Germany or Sweden. The candidates should have a PhD in a social science discipline (including statistics and applied mathematics), experience in handling longitudinal data and conducting event history analysis and/or microsimulation. Good communication and management skills are essential. 

The post is available from January 2020 for three years with the possibility of extension for one year. 

Informal enquiries can be directed to: Professor Hill Kulu, or Dr Katherine Keenan,

Applications are particularly welcome from women and minorities, who are underrepresented in Science posts at the University. 

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Closing Date: 3 December 2019