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Research Fellow - Demography or Social Epidemiology

UCL Department / Division: UCL Institute of Education

Specific unit / Sub department: Department of Social Science

Location of position: London

Grade: 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £35,328 - £42,701 per annum


Main purpose of the job

The purpose of the job is to work on a new ERC-funded project led by Dr. Alice Goisis investigating the effects of medically assisted reproduction (e.g. IVF) on child and adult outcomes. The research will entail analysing population registers and large-scale surveys to compare the health of children conceived through medically assisted reproduction to the health of children conceived naturally. The project will also investigate the effects of undergoing medically assisted reproduction to conceive on adults’ social and health outcomes, as well as the social and health determinants of undergoing infertility treatments. Data sources will include, but not limited to, population registers from Nordic countries and the UK Millennium Cohort Study. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the quantitative analyses, writing of the research papers and of their publication in leading journals, as well as playing a key role in dissemination.


Duties and Responsibilities

You will be expected to:

  • Lead and conduct high quality quantitative analyses using population registers and large-scale surveys.
  • Write high quality research outputs.
  • Publish research in leading scientific journals.
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences.

In addition, the post holder will be expected to:

  • Actively follow and promote UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies.
  • To maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations
  • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post.

This post is available from 01 October 2019 and is funded for three years in the first instance until 30 September 2022.


Key Requirements

You will have completed (or be near completion of) a PhD in a quantitative social science discipline, such as demography, social epidemiology, social statistics, sociology, economics during which you will have developed expertise in analysing the social determinants of demographic outcomes and/or health. Through your research, you will have demonstrated experience of using advanced quantitative methods and analysing large data sets, which ideally include population registers.

Together with your application, please submit a piece of writing.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 - £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.


Further Details

Candidates will be informed of the outcome of shortlisting in September. If shortlisted, interviews will take place in September (date TBC).


More information
United Kingdom
University College London

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr. Alice Goisis at a.goisis [at] (.)