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Postdoctoral Fellows (1 - 2) in Sociology, Demography or Behavior Genetics

Job description

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) in Sociology, Demography or Behavior Genetics. The position is for a period of three years without compulsory work or fire years with compulsory work (primarily teaching duties).

The position is funded by the European Research Council and is dedicated to the newly established research project OPENFLUX. The project lies at the intersection of social science and genetics. Using both behavior and molecular genetic data linked with register data, we will examine social change across birth cohorts, change across the life course and transmission across generations in demographic and socioeconomic outcomes. In these efforts we will draw upon statistical methods from social sciences and genetics.

At the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, the project is part of the research group in Social Inequalities and Population Dynamics (SIPD). The Fellow will work closely with the principal investigator Professor Torkild Hovde Lyngstad, other members of the project staff, the project’s international collaborators, as well as other members of the SIPD group.


Qualification requirements and personal skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in sociology, demography, behavior genetics, or related field. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing application date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Applicants must have the capacity for independent academic research at a high level, preferably documented through publications in international journals.
  • Competitive applicants will have expertise in one of more of these fields/issues:
    • theories of social stratification and mobility and demographic change
    • statistical methods for behavior and molecular genetics
    • statistical methods for social sciences
    • administrative register data, twin/family data or molecular genetic data
    • open science practices and standards
  • Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English.

Residence in Norway is expected during the appointment, but Postdoctoral fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.


We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 - 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter. Please describe your motivation for applying for this position and explain how your background, research and experience is relevant to the research project.
  • CV summarizing education, positions, research experience, and other activities.
  • A complete list of publications 
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only) 
  • Up to five academic works that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process (a doctoral dissertation or a monograph will count as three publications). 
  • A list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal capacity of the candidate to contribute to the project within the given timeframe, to interact within national and international networks, and to be part of a dynamic research group. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

The final hiring decision is the responsibility of the Department Board. The length of the employment period will be based on the Department’s budget situation and teaching needs as well as an evaluation of the overall qualifications of the successful candidate.

More information
Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo