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Postdoctoral Researcher

The Centre for Demographic Research of the UCLouvain (Belgium) recruits a Postdoctoral researcher to work on the ARC-funded LIMA project.“Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”

Job desription

The postdoctoral researcher will work in collaboration with the lead researchers. He/she will participate in the following tasks:

  • Contribution to multidisciplinary articles on migration and integration, with a focus on asylum seekers and refugees in Belgium.
  • Analysis of large-scale longitudinal databases on migration, administrative status and employment (population register, crossroads bank for social security), and analysis of survey data on migration and integration.
  • Participation in the design of a quantitative survey on migrants’ histories and aspirations.


  • PhD in demography, quantitative sociology or related discipline.
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience with individual longitudinal data.
  • A good knowledge of STATA and/or R.
  • Strong interest in international migration and integration research.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Good working knowledge of English and/or French.


  • Starting date: between March 2019 and May 2019.
  • Duration: 12 months (possibility of extension, conditional on availability of funds).
  • Net monthly allowance of 2,490 €.


Applications will include a complete CV, a motivation letter and the names and addresses of two reference persons who can be contacted.

Applications should be sent (by e-mail) before February 26, 2019 to bruno.schoumaker [at] (Bruno SCHOUMAKER).

Centre de recherche en démographie - Université catholique de Louvain

The LIMA Project: “Personal Aspirations and Processes of Adaptation: How the Legal framework Impacts on Migrants’ Agency”

The LIMA project examines how legal frameworks – Belgian and European - correlate with third country national migrants’ agency. The scientific aim is twofold: understand how legal frameworks shape migrants' professional, family and migratory trajectories and life projects; and analyse if, and which strategies migrants develop to bend the rules and circumvent obstacles, and/or use the opportunities offered by legal systems to fulfil their professional and family aspirations. This interdisciplinary project is conducted by researchers in migration law, demographers and sociologists.


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