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Research Fellow in Migration Modelling (2 posts)

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,866 to £34,804 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/06/2022)
Closing Date:  Monday 24 February 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 27 March 2020
Reference:  1229920CC

QuantMig: Quantitative Migration Scenarios for Better Policy

We are delighted to welcome applications for two research posts related to migration modelling within the project “QuantMig: Quantitative Migration Scenarios for Better Policy”. QuantMig is a three-year project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and executed by a consortium of seven top European research institutions, led by the University of Southampton. The project aims to transform the methodology of setting and analysing migration scenarios in order to more efficiently address the key contemporary challenges of complexity and uncertainty of migration flows, and to enable more timely and robust policy responses. The project is led by Professor Jakub Bijak, directing an interdisciplinary team of with expertise in different areas of migration studies. 

You will have, or will be close to completing, a PhD* (or equivalent professional qualifications) with a strong statistical or mathematical component, such as in statistics, demography, economics, mathematics or computer science; knowledge of Bayesian statistics; and experience in statistical modelling. Proficiency in the use of R or other equivalent statistical software; the ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team; and write research presentations and papers are also essential attributes. 

This research position will be based in the Department of Social Statistics and Demography, within the Faculty of Social Sciences. You will work under the day to day direction of Professors Jakub Bijak and Peter W.F. Smith, as well as the QuantMig Project Manager and other faculty members and researchers on the project, both within Southampton and partner institutions across Europe.  We also envisage maintaining close working relationships and information exchange with the ESRC Centre for Population Change, whose hub is at the University of Southampton (

*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 their PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Jakub Bijak, email:, telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7486.

The positions are available from 1 July 2020

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Steff Palmer (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4560. Please quote vacancy reference number 1229920CC on all correspondence.

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

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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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