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    Research Fellow

    School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews
    Salary: £35,333 to £42,155 Per annum
    Fixed Term for 20 months until August 2024
    Closing Date: 15 December 2022
    Interview Date: TBC
    Reference: AR2690GB

    We are seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow or a Research Assistant 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 (2019-24) 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 societal context, 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 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 or Research Assistant will join a research team to investigate the interactions between employment, housing and family trajectories among immigrants and their descendants. They will project future life trajectories of migrants and ethnic minorities, 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 updating the project webpage and Twitter. The Research Fellow or Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting projections using microsimulation. The candidates should have a PhD (Research Fellow) or Master’s degree (Research Assistant) in a social science discipline (including statistics, computer science and applied mathematics) or should be close to submitting their PhD thesis (Research Fellow); they should also have experience in handling longitudinal data and conducting microsimulation or agent-based modelling. Good communication and management skills are essential.

    The post is available from January 2023 for 20 months (until August 2024).

    Informal enquiries can be directed to: Professor Hill Kulu, Hill.Kulu@st-andrews.ac.uk or Dr Júlia Mikolai, Julia.Mikolai@st-andrews.ac.uk.

    Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in Science 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, Race Charters and Stonewall). 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/

    The School of Geography and Sustainable Development holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. More information can be found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/geography-sustainable-development/equality-diversity/.

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    MSc / PhD Studentships in Social Statistics, Demography and Global Health at the University of Southampton

    Fully funded MSc/PhD Studentships within the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC)

    The Department of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton is looking for candidates to study for a PhD in the areas of social statistics, demography, global health and quantitative social science.  Prospective candidates will be eligible to apply for the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) which offers fully funding doctoral training positions.  Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the SCDTP will be awarding a minimum of 38 studentships per year to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies at its three partner institutions.

    Our department wants to encourage and support candidates who share our disciplinary interests to submit competitive applications for these SCDTP awards.
    The deadline for Academic Year 2023/24 applications is midnight 23rd January 2023

    Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton

    The Department of Social Statistics and Demography provides an excellent research environment. It is the leading centre for demographic research and research in survey and official statistics in the UK. Our academic staff specialise in many disciplines, for instance, family demography, population/global health, sexual and reproductive health, adolescence and youth, statistical demography and statistical methodology applied to social science. Many of the faculty members are associated with the Centre for Population Change, which is an ESRC centre of research excellence, the National Centre for Research Methods and the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute. The Department has extensive research partnerships with national and local Government, the Office for National Statistics and many UN and third sector organisations, facilitating the potential impact of research for policy and practice.

    Contacting our department:
    If you would like to discuss the PhD programme and how we might support your application for an SCDTP award, please be in touch with Dr Sarah Neal (S.Neal@soton.ac.uk) as soon as possible. We would also encourage you to look at our research and staff webpages to identify and contact potential supervisors: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/research/areas/social-statistics-demography
    South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP)
    Please look at the SCDTP website for more information: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/. In brief, the SCDTP is a collaboration between the universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth.
    The SCDTP provides three types of studentships:
    • 1+3 - One year for the MSc in Social Research Methods followed by three years of PhD funding
    • +3 -Three years funding whilst taking a PhD programme
    • +4 - Occasionally an award including four years of PhD funding will be to undertake research of a particularly interdisciplinary nature including a taileored training programme of 60 ECTS points
    Proposed PhD topics should fall within one of the five SCDTP Thematic Cluster Pathways: Citizenship, Governance & Security (CGS); Global economies & Business Innovation(GEBI); Learning, Knowledge & Behaviour (LKB); Population Change, Health & Wellbeing (PCHW); Sustainability, Environment & Resilience (SER)
    In addition to covering the cost of programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award also receive an annual maintenance grant (rate set by UKRI). The SCDTP also provides each student with access to addtional funding through a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) for research-related activities including  conducting fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending conferences. As part of the training programme, the SCDTP facilitates regular training events, overseas Insitutional Visits, internships with non-academic partners, collabortaion with academic and non-acdemic partners and, residential visits (national and international).
    For all SCDTP studentships, candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, and a previous Master’s qualification in the social sciences for +3 students.
    UK and non-UK citizens are welcome to apply to the SCDTP. Please note that of the 38 awards, no more than 30% can be made to non-UK applicants.
    For more information about eligibility criteria for SCDTP scholarships, please see http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/faqs/ or email the SCDTP  (southcoastdtp.ac.uk)