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Research Fellow (Fertility Trends)

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £32,817 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 2 years
Closing Date:  Wednesday 20 November 2019
Interview Date:   Friday 06 December 2019
Reference:  1192419CC

The University of Southampton is seeking to appoint a talented Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work on a project Understanding Recent Fertility Trends in the UK and Improving Methodologies for Fertility Forecasting (Fertility Trends) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This is a joint project between the Universities of St Andrews and Southampton, led by Prof. Hill Kulu and Prof. Ann Berrington. The project will examine the significant fluctuations in fertility levels in the UK in the last two decades, will investigate their causes, and will develop improved methodologies for fertility forecasting. 

The primary duties of the post holder will be to prepare data including those from the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS), and to undertake analyses of fertility and its drivers using the ONS LS and United Kingdom Household Panel Survey (UKHLS). 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a quantitative social science discipline (including applied statistics), experience of conducting event history analyses and good communication and management skills are essential.  Experience in handling longitudinal data and an interest in fertility or family demography is desirable. 

Applications for a Research Fellow position will be considered from candidates who are close to 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.

The successful candidate will become a member of the Department of Social Statistics & Demography  at the University of Southampton, which has an international reputation in Demography, Global Health, Survey Methods and Statistics. They will also become a member of the highly respected Centre for Population change with its dynamic research portfolio. Informal inquiries may be made via email to Prof Ann Berrington

Shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview shortly after the closing date.

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 Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1192419CC on all correspondence.

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

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