Postdoctoral Researcher, IntegrateYouth Project

Application deadline: Monday 6 April 2020

Salary: £38,017 per annum

Nuffield College seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in the collaborative research project “Structural, Cultural and Social Integration among Youth: A Multidimensional Comparative Project” (IntegrateYouth).

IntegrateYouth is a four-year research programme using large-scale CILS4EU/CILS-NOR data on young people of immigrant and majority origins to study the integration of immigrant youth in Norway, Sweden, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. The project is funded by Nordforsk and headed by Carina Mood (Stockholm University), in collaboration with Nuffield College (Jan O. Jonsson), and the Norwegian research institute Fafo (Jon Horgen Friberg).

The Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct self-initiated quantitative integration research using CILS4EU/CILS-NOR data and linked with the research activities of the IntegrateYouth project, and further collaborative research with other researchers within the project. They will undertake some advisory and administrative duties for the project, including organising conferences and academic events, and communicating research outcomes to stakeholders. The Postdoctoral Researcher may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University in Oxford.

Applicants should hold, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in a relevant social science discipline such as sociology, demography, or a related field, with a focus on quantitative research. They should possess high-level expertise in the application of quantitative methods, and proficiency in statistical analysis, including the use of software such as Stata or R. They must be able to conduct high-quality academic research in fields relevant to the IntegrateYouth project, evidenced in their scholarly writing and publication record in peer-reviewed journals, appropriate for their academic career stage. Applicants should possess high quality and feasible future research plans relevant to the project. They should be familiar with theory and previous research in the field of integration, with a strong capacity for analytical thinking and excellent oral and written communication skills in English. They should possess excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritise workloads and to work to deadlines, both within a small research team and under their own initiative.  Strong statistical and programming skills and/or a knowledge of any Scandinavian language, German, or Dutch, would be an advantage.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for three years, starting on 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary offered is £38,017 per annum. Further benefits include free membership of the College’s healthcare plan and free coffee, tea, and lunch in College. The post will be based at Nuffield College, and the post-holder may opt to spend part of the appointment at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University, Sweden and/or at the Fafo Research Foundation in Oslo, Norway.

Further particulars and application instructions are available here:

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter detailing your motivation for applying for this post, describing your background in the research areas relevant to the IntegrateYouth project and your specific research skills, and outlining how you meet the selection criteria.
  • Curriculum Vitae including a full list of publications/working papers (please indicate your contribution if papers are co-authored).
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing the research you would like to undertake as a contribution to the IntegrateYouth project:
  • Copy of your doctoral degree certificate (if available)
  • Publications, or paper- or chapter-length examples of your academic written work (no more than three files).

On the application form you will be asked to provide the names, postal addresses, and email addresses of two or three academic referees to whom we may write at a later stage in the selection process to request references in support of your application. Please ensure that your nominated referees would be available to provide references in April 2020.


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The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 6 April 2020.

Interviews are likely to take place in the week beginning 11 May 2020.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.