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PhD & Visiting Student Positions at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is one of the leading demographic centers in the world. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of 84 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, social sciences and the humanities. They offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.

The growing Lab of Digital and Computational Demography brings together methodologists (from areas like Statistics, Computer Science or Mathematical Demography) with experts in areas of the Social Sciences (e.g., Sociology, Geography, Economics, etc.) in order to favor cross-pollination of ideas, to advance methods and theory, and to address pressing questions for our societies. 

For more information about the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography, see: https://www.demogr.mpg.de/go/lab-dcd

 

PhD Students in Digital and Computational Demography

The Lab of Digital and Computational Demography, headed by MPIDR Director Emilio Zagheni, is looking for candidates with a background in Demography, Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science/Informatics, Applied Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Public Health, or related disciplines.

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent (as a prerequisite the next intended academic degree must be a doctoral degree). The successful candidates are expected to conduct cutting-edge research that produces methodological advances in the field of Digital and Computational Demography and/or and addresses relevant questions in the following key substantive areas of demography: 

  1. Migration and mobility; 
  2. Population aging and generational processes; 
  3. Social and environmental forces and population dynamics.

This PhD studentship offers an excellent opportunity for motivated students to work with a highly international team of researchers at different levels of seniority, and to take advantage of the interdisciplinary intellectual environment at MPIDR, as well as substantial financial support for travel, research training and data acquisition. 

Admitted students will be expected to take part in the International Max Planck Research School on Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS), a training initiative hosted at MPIDR that supports exchange within a network of universities in Europe and the US. The research school offers a core training program in Rostock, extensive networking opportunities across partner sites, and high-quality supervision from at least two mentors from different institutions. For more information about PHDS, see https://www.imprs-phds.mpg.de/

Applications must be submitted online via www.demogr.mpg.de/go/JobAd878916 and include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae 
  2. Letter of interest (Max 2 pages). Please state why you are interested in joining MPIDR, how MPIDR could foster your professional development and career trajectory, and in which ways your research interests fit the research  strengths of the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography. Please also describe your technical skills, areas of expertise, as well as future research projects. 
  3. Copies of transcripts of undergraduate and, if applicable, master’s degrees 
  4. Names and contact information for 2 academic references 
  5. One writing sample

In order to receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1st, 2019. The starting date is flexible, but no later than Fall 2020. Successful applicants will be offered a 3-year contract with remuneration based on the salary structure of the German public sector (Öffentlicher Dienst, TVöD Bund).

 

Summer Research Visits

The Lab of Digital and Computational Demography, headed by MPIDR Director Emilio Zagheni, is looking for PhD candidates who would like to spend 3 months at MPIDR (June 1st-August 31st 2020) to work on a collaborative research paper under the supervision of one or more experienced scientists at MPIDR.

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program (at the time they visit MPIDR) in Demography, Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science/Informatics, Applied Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Public Health, Public Policy or a related discipline. 

The successful candidates have demonstrated the ability to work on research projects independently and in interdisciplinary teams, and present a research proposal that is relevant, doable and that fits with the research agenda of the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography.  

Applications must be submitted online via www.demogr.mpg.de/go/JobAd378853 and include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae 
  2. Research Proposal (Max 2 pages) 
    • Please state why you are interested in spending the Summer at MPIDR, and in which ways your research interests fit the research strengths of the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography.
    • Please articulate your research proposal for a Summer project, including expected data and methods that would be appropriate for achieving these goals.
    • Please describe your technical skills, as well as what you would like to learn over the course of the Summer visit. 
  3. Copies of transcripts of undergraduate and master’s degrees 
  4. Names and contact information for 2 academic references 
  5. One or two writing samples/publications

In order to receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1st, 2019. Selected PhD students will be expected to be in residence at MPIDR in Rostock for the period of the research visit and would be offered reimbursement for travel costs to/from Rostock and a stipend of approximately 1,365 € /month (if they do not receive financial support from their home institution). 

More information
Country: 
Germany
City: 
Rostock
Institution: 
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR)
Deadline: 
01/12/2019
Contact: 

For inquiries about the positions, please contact sekzagheni [at] demogr.mpg.de.