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Research Fellow

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £32,817
Full Time Fixed Term for 15 Months
Closing Date:  Monday 16 November 2020
Interview Date:   See advert
Reference:  1297520CC

Start date: From 1st January 2021 for 15th months to end no later than May 2022

Interview date: Interviews will take place in early December. 

The University of Southampton is seeking to appoint a talented Research Fellow to work on a project Understanding Recent Fertility Trends in the UK and Improving Methodologies for Fertility Forecasting (FertilityTrends) 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. This post will focus on the latter and you will work under the supervision of Prof. Jakub Bijak and Prof. Ann Berrington with additional input from Dr Erengul Dodd.

The primary duties of the post holder will be to develop a method for modelling and forecasting fertility in the UK by age and birth order incorporating uncertainty into the fertility estimates using a Bayesian approach.

The successful candidate will have a PhD, or close to completion (or equivalent professional qualifications) with strong statistical or mathematical component in a relevant discipline (e.g., statistics, mathematics, demography, economics); detailed understanding and knowledge of Bayesian statistics; and proficiency in the use and programming of R or other equivalent statistical software. Good communication and management skills are essential. Experience in handling data such as Census Longitudinal Study data, or British Household Panel Study data or United Kingdom Household Panel Survey (UKHLS) and an interest in fertility or family demography are 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 https://www.southampton.ac.uk/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 http://www.cpc.ac.uk/ with its dynamic research portfolio. Informal inquiries may be made via email to Prof Jakub Bijak j.bijak@soton.ac.uk or Prof Ann Berrington a.berrington@soton.ac.uk.  

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

Application Procedure: 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Daniel Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1297520CC on all correspondence.


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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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