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Research Fellow in Statistical Demography

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,866 to £34,804 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (15 months)
Closing Date:  Monday 24 February 2020
Interview Date:   Friday 27 March 2020
Reference:  1230020CC

ESRC Centre for Population Change: Integrated demographic estimation and forecasting

The ESRC Centre on Population Change at the University of Southampton is looking to recruit a Research Fellow, with interests and experience in the statistical modelling of populations, to develop flexible and dynamic statistical and computational models of population change and migration. In particular, we will be developing models that bring together recent advances in probabilistic forecasting and statistical methods for dealing with uncertainty and missing data, and aim to start developing methodology for subnational population forecasting. 

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; detailed understanding and knowledge  of Bayesian statistics; experience of statistical or computational modelling of demographic processes; and proficiency in the use and programming of R or other equivalent statistical software. The ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team, and to write research presentations and papers are also essential attributes.

This research position will be based in the ESRC Centre for Population Change (CPC), University of Southampton. You will work closely with the modelling strand team: Professors Jakub Bijak and Peter W F Smith (joint strand leaders), Dr Erengul Dodd and Dr Jason Hilton.

The CPC aims to improve our understanding of the key drivers and implications of population change. The Centre is a joint initiative between the Universities of Southampton and St Andrews, in partnership with the Office for National Statistics and the National Records of Scotland. The centre is directed by Professor Jane Falkingham (University of Southampton) and co-directed by Professor Maria Evandrou (University of Southampton) and Professor Hill Kulu (University of St Andrews).

Further information about the Centre for Population Change is available on the webpages  Information about the activities of the modelling strand is available at

*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 job is available from 1 April 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 Dan Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote vacancy reference number 1230020CC 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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