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Lecturer in Population Studies/Demography

The School of Geography and Sustainable Development is seeking to appoint a Lecturer with expertise in Population Studies/Demography. We are looking for candidates with excellent research profiles in any area of population research. Candidates should have strong skills in demographic and quantitative data analysis and be capable of contributing to the Human Geography undergraduate teaching programme and to a planned taught postgraduate programme in Demography/Population Analysis.

The successful applicant will join the Population and Health Research Group (PHRG), which is one of the four research clusters in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development (SGSD). The PHRG is home to eight academic staff and a team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. The PHRG research covers a wide range of demographic topics including the analysis of family and fertility dynamics; life course choices; migration and new mobilities; ethnicity and minority populations; health, wellbeing and mortality; and population inequalities The group combines expertise in demographic and longitudinal data analysis; small-area estimation and population projections; spatial and geographical analysis; and qualitative and mixed methods. There are a number of ongoing research projects funded by the UK’s research councils and the European Commission. The group hosts the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), the ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and the Census and Administrative Data Longitudinal Studies (CALLS) Hub.

Candidates should hold a PhD in demography, population geography or a cognate social science discipline (including statistics and applied mathematics). Excellent teaching skills and an interest in promoting knowledge exchange are essential. Familiarity with grant seeking processes in relation to research councils and other national and international sources will be an advantage. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to work in and collaborate with an international team of population researchers on highly policy-relevant topics, exploiting population data and applying sound methodology.

Main Purpose of Role

To strengthen the School of Geography and Sustainable Development’s record of excellence in the production of original research and the provision of outstanding teaching by:

  • Conducting, publishing and otherwise disseminating original research in the field of demography and population studies.
  • Teaching classes and delivering lectures to human geography undergraduate and taught postgraduate students as well as supervising final year/Master’s dissertations and doctoral theses as required.
  • Enhancing the School’s research culture by attracting external research funding and graduate students.
  • Contributing to the effective administration and management of the School’s activities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Publish papers in high quality journals and other prestigious outlets.
  • Play an active role in the PHRG and engage in collaborative research with academic staff of other SGSD research groups and/or other Schools in the University.
  • Teach human geography undergraduate and postgraduate students in areas of demography, population geography and quantitative methods.
  • Attract, recruit and supervise PhD students.
  • Apply for and win individual and joint research grants.
  • Undertake administrative roles and management functions as required by the Head of School.
  • Participate in committees and working groups within the School, the Faculty and the University as may be required.
  • Play an active role in building inter-disciplinary links across the University.


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

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;

Please quote ref:   AC2071SB

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United Kingdom
St. Andrews, Scotland
University of St. Andrews

Informal enquiries can be directed to: Professor Hill Kulu,, Professor Elspeth Graham,, or Professor William Austin,