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3-year Postdoc position on ERC Project on Siblings' Intergenerational Social Class Mobility'

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a three-year fixed-term postdoc position starting on 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This is a unique opportunity to join a research team that will conduct a large-scale study of the social class mobility of siblings born over most of the 20th century in more than 10 countries. The research project "Social Class Mobility in Comparative Perspective: Bringing Siblings In" (SIBMOB) is hiring a postdoc who will play a crucial role in contributing to the project’s empirical analyses. These analyses revolve around examining the class mobility experiences of siblings from different families by applying new methods to survey and administrative data. The team is located in a family-friendly work environment at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.



Applicants should hold a PhD degree, or be close to defending it, within the social sciences (e.g., sociology or economics) or related fields. Applicants should have obtained their PhD degree in 2016 or later. Applicants must (i) possess advanced quantitative methods skills and (ii) have experience in working with large-scale administrative or similar census data. Experience in the field of social mobility and inequality is an advantage but not a requirement. Proficiency in written Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish is an advantage but not a requirement.


Job Description

SIBMOB, which is funded by the European Research Council, has two objectives: (i) to develop a new methodological approach to characterize the social class mobility of siblings, and (ii) to apply this approach in an empirical study of more than 10 countries. The main role of the postdoc is to contribute to the empirical part of the project, especially the analyses for Denmark, which will be based on Danish administrative data (available from Statistics Denmark) and the Danish Twin Registry. The postdoc will assume the primary responsibility for the empirical part focusing on Denmark, including literature review, data compilation, preparation, and analysis, and drafting manuscripts for journal articles/book chapters.

SIBMOB is a collaborative project, and the postdoc will be part of a research team which, in addition to the PI in charge of the SIBMOB project (Associate Professor Kristian Bernt Karlson), includes a postdoc and a research assistant. The candidate is expected to work both independently and in collaboration with the research team to break new ground in the study of social class mobility, with the overall ambition of advancing our understanding of why some countries are more socially mobile than other countries. The project runs from 2021 through 2026 and is located at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. The candidate is also expected take part in the academic life of the department and will be part of the research group Welfare, Inequality, and Mobility.

The postdoc position is a full-time research position and does not involve any teaching obligations.

For further information, including more details on the SIBMOB project, please contact project PI Associate Professor Kristian Bernt Karlson (


Terms of Employment


An Equal Opportunity Workplace

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Researrch, see


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The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:


Contact information

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR , Mette Christensen, e-mail:  please refer to ID number: 211-0791/21-2I.


How to apply

The application must be submitted in English through the online application form by clicking "Apply online" below and accompanied by the following appendices:

  • Appendix 1: Cover letter detailing (i) how the scientific qualifications of the applicant meet the requirements for this position and (ii) how the applicant considers contributing to the empirical study in SIBMOB (max 4 pages in total).
  • Appendix 2: Curriculum vitae.
  • Appendix 3: A complete list of publications (including those accepted for publication).
  • Appendix 4: Your best publication (or chapter from your PhD dissertation) (max 30 PDF pages)
  • Appendix 5: A copy of the doctoral certificate or letter signed by the promotor that a doctoral certificate is expected in due time.


The University of Copenhagen wishes their staff to reflect the diversity of society and the world and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal or national background.

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