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    Research Fellow (Connecting Generations Spatial Mobility Project) University of St Andrews

    School of Geography and Sustainable Development

    Salary: £37,099 - £44,263 per annum

    Closing Date: 7 June 2024

    Interview Date: 24 June 2024

    Start Date: As soon as possible Duration of Post: Fixed term for 24 months

    Previous applicants need not apply.

    Applications are sought for a committed and dynamic Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work at the ESRC Centre for Population Change & Connecting Generations (CPC-CG). The CPC-CG partnership brings together researchers from the Universities of Southampton, St Andrews, Stirling, Oxford, and the Resolution Foundation to understand how different generations provide support to each other across the different stages of their lives. The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will work on the project of Social and spatial mobility within and across generations. They will investigate patterns and processes of spatial and social mobility, and the relationship between them, in the UK context. 

    The successful applicant will have a PhD in a social science discipline or should be close to submitting their PhD thesis. They should have experience in handling longitudinal data. Good communication and time management skills are essential.   

    The post is available for 24 months starting 1st February 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

    Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

    Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays

    Membership of the USS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions

    A hybrid working environment, including partial homeworking where appropriate and a range of family friendly policies

    Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services

    Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel

    Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff, access to training and development opportunities including LinkedIn Learning, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme

    A range of wellbeing initiatives including membership of Peppy, a health application that connects staff to expert practitioners and personalized support on health matters.

    Further details of the project can be found at: https://www.cpc.ac.uk/research_programme/connecting_generations/ or by contacting Dr David McCollum: David.McCollum@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

    Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.   

    Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter and Race Charters). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/ 

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    Research Fellow x2


    Location: University of Southampton, Highfield Campus

    Salary: £39,347 to £42,978 per annum

    Full Time Fixed Term for 24 months/12 months

    Closing Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024

    Interview Date: To be confirmed

    Reference:  2713324CC

    Full Time Fixed Term one post for 24 months; and one post for 12 months

    We are delighted to welcome applications for two research fellow posts within the ESRC Connecting Generations programme to examine trends in employment and caring responsibilities, and intergenerational flows of support in later life and increasing costs of living.

    ESRC Connecting Generations is a collaborative project between the long-established Centre for Population Change (University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, and University of Stirling), the University of Oxford Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, and the Resolution Foundation.  ESRC Connecting Generations aims to innovate in knowledge and understanding of intergenerational relations and population change. The Centre is led by Professor Jane Falkingham. For further details, see  https://www.cpc.ac.uk/

    This project will examine (i) trends in employment and caring responsibilities, and (ii) the impact of the cost of living on individuals and families, and the role of intergenerational support in this context. A variety of data sources including individual level data from Understanding Society, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the 1970 and 1958 Birth Cohort Studies, ONS Longitudinal Study and the Wealth & Assets Survey will be used.

    This research positions will be based in the Department of Gerontology within the Faculty of Social Sciences, where Professors Evandrou and Vlachantoni are based. You will be part of a supportive group including other project Researchers, the CPC Research Manager and Knowledge Exchange team, and other Faculty members, within the Department of Gerontology at the University of Southampton, as well as other Departments and partner institutions.

    To be successful in either role you will have, or will be close to completing, a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications) with strong quantitative research methods in a relevant discipline (e.g. gerontology, statistics, demography, economics, social policy); have knowledge and expertise in quantitative data analysis; are skilled in the use of STATA, SPSS or other data analysis software; have the ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team; and have the ability to write research presentations and papers for peer review publication.

    One research fellow post is full-time fixed term for 24 months and the other research fellow post is full-time fixed term for 12 months.

    The University of Southampton holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities in the workplace.

    Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

    Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Maria Evandrou, email: maria.evandrou@soton.ac.uk

    The positions are available from 1st September 2024

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    We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who support our mission of inclusivity.

    Apply by 11.59pm GMT on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or recruitment@soton.ac.uk quoting the job number.


    PhD Scholarship in Demography and Spatial Analysis - University of St Andrews

    We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3.5-year PhD Studentship in the intersection of Demography and Spatial Analysis. The PhD student will be working on a project on Migration Trajectories and Residential Proximity to Parents among Immigrants and Their Descendants in the UK. The project will investigate: 1) where do immigrants and their descendants live in various stages of their lives; and 2) how does residential proximity to their parents varies during their lives. The project will involve analysis of individual-level data using longitudinal methods and spatial analysis. The PhD studentship is part of the ESRC Centre for Population Change & Connecting Generations (CPC-CG) and is funded by the University of St Andrews. CPC-CG is a joint partnership between the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Stirling and Oxford and the Resolution Foundation. For further details on CPC-CG, please see: https://www.cpc.ac.uk/research_programme/connecting_generations/#Current.

    The scholarship will cover tuition fees, a yearly stipend of £19,237 per year (in the 2024/25 academic year, subject to increase annually), and a research training support grant (RTSG) of £750 per year. Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: 1) A first class or an upper secondary undergraduate or master’s degree in any area of social and environmental sciences including statistics, data science and applied mathematics; 2) Interest in the application of advanced quantitative methods in social sciences; and 3) Interest in working with longitudinal and/or spatial data. Coding skills are an advantage (e.g., in R, Stata, Python or SAS), but not required. The University of St Andrews strives for equal opportunities. Applications of any background are welcome.

    Candidates must submit an online application by 24th June 2024 at the following link: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/apply/postgraduate/research/. They should apply to the programme “PhD Geography (Science)”. In a cover letter, applicants must outline their interest in applying advanced quantitative methods in social science research. They should also upload an academic writing sample (e.g., a chapter of master’s thesis) to their online application. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in early July. For further details, please see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/geography-sustainable-development/prospective/pgr/.

    The successful applicant will become a member of the ESRC Centre for Population Change & Connecting Generations (CPC-CG) and the Population and Health Research Group (PHRG) at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development. The research of the PHRG covers a wide range of topics including the analysis of family and fertility dynamics; life course choices; internal and international migration; ethnicity and minority populations; health and mortality; and population inequalities. The group combines expertise in advanced techniques of demographic, longitudinal and spatial analysis (https://populationandhealth.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/). The PhD students can also apply for a place at the International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) https://www.imprs-phds.mpg.de/, a unique doctoral training programme, which the University of St Andrews is affiliated with.

    This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to work in an international team of researchers on cutting-edge population and social science topics and applying advanced quantitative methods and statistical modelling. The studentship starts on 27th September 2024 or soon thereafter. For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Hill Kulu (hill.kulu@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Dr. Urška Demšar (Urska.Demsar@st-andrews.ac.uk). Please include ‘CPC-CG PhD studentships’ in the subject line of your email.


    Research participants needed

    Promoting inclusivity in financial resilience among members of minority ethnic groups

    For some older individuals from minority ethnic groups, later life comes with higher risk of low financial resources. This study will explore factors affecting pension protection among current and future generations of older individuals. At the end of the project, we aim to provide policy-relevant insights into how individuals from these communities can be better supported to prepare financially for later life.


    If you decide to participate, you will be invited to partake in three activities:

    1. Photography training session

    2. Photo-taking activity

    3. Conversation with a researcher


    Are you eligible?

    You live in Southampton

    You are 45 years old or older

    You identify as a member of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, Black African, Other White, White British or other ethnic minority groups


    Participants will receive:

    A £25 shopping voucher

    Refreshments at each event


    Location and length:

    In-person, one-hour photography training session at the Civic Centre or University

    Photo taking activity over the course of 3 weeks

    A one-hour interview at a place of your choice


    If you are interested to participate, have further questions, or want to check whether you are eligible, please email: Dr Spela Mocnik, Research Fellow in Inclusive Ageing Email: s.mocnik@soton.ac.uk, Phone: 077 699 811 90

    Visit our website at t.ly/yHjT 

    Please see the recruitment flyer for more information.