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Research Fellow: Older People's Care Networks in Indonesia


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £32,817
Full Time Fixed Term (30 Months)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 16 October 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 24 October 2019
Reference:  1180919CC

We are looking for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on an exciting social science research project to examine older people’s care and support networks in Indonesia. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It involves the collection and comparative analysis of ethnographic, interview and household survey data from five communities across Indonesia. You will join a multi-disciplinary team of experienced researchers in the UK and Indonesia. While based at the University of Southampton, you will be expected to spend time in Indonesia for project activities and to be able to speak and read Indonesian.

The University of Southampton is a research-intensive university. It ranks among the top 100 in QS World University Rankings in 2019. The Centre for Research on Ageing is a world-class hub of global gerontology teaching and research. It boasts particular expertise in policy-relevant research on health and social care, informal care and support, social networks, pensions and inequality, and diversity in later life. The gerontology department offers capacity building of future academics and professionals via a range of face-to-face and distance-learning postgraduate programmes. The research interests and recent publications of staff members can be found at More information about the Faculty of Social Sciences can be found at

Your primary responsibilities are to undertake comparative qualitative data analysis of ethnographic, interview and network data; carry out administrative tasks associated with the project; provide supervision and feedback to fieldstaff in the different Indonesian sites; disseminate findings by co-authoring publications and presenting results at conferences and impact events; contribute to data collection (esp. expert interviews).

You will have a PhD* qualification or equivalent professional qualification and experience in a social science discipline (e.g. social anthropology, sociology, gerontology, development studies, social policy, demography, epidemiology / public health, social psychology, social geography). You will have skills in qualitative data collection and qualitative data analysis and the ability to communicate effectively and clearly, both verbally and in writing. Ability to speak and read Indonesian is essential. A research interest in one or several of the following subject areas is desirable: gerontology / population ageing, long-term care, dementia, informal support, social networks, social identity, gender, lifecourse, health, Indonesian studies.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

For informal enquiries before submitting your application, please contact Dr Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill (

Interviews to be held week commencing 21/10/2019.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1180919CC on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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