Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: PhD Fellows to work on social determinants of health

Job ID: 10949

Institution: Max Planck Institute for demographic research

Department: Social Determinants of Health and Life Expectancy

Title: Up to 3 positions at the PhD student, post-doctoral fellow, or tenured research scientist level

Position/Rank: Academic Positions: All, Fellowships/Post-docs: All

Areas/Special Programs: Demography , Economic Sociology

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The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is recruiting highly qualified PhD students, post-doctoral researchers or tenured research scientists (up to three positions) working on social determinants of health and life expectancy in high-income countries. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative skills and experience in applied data analysis. Candidates from the fields of demography, economics, statistics, sociology, epidemiology/public health, or related disciplines will be considered. The person will join the newly established research group Social Determinants of Health and Life Expectancy, which is headed by Professor Pekka Martikainen and Director of the MPIDR Mikko Myrskylä. The MPIDR is a leading institute in demographic research which hosts a wide range of laboratories that focus on interdisciplinary topics. The working language of the MPIDR is English. For more information about the MPIDR, please Applications should be sent to and include:


Letter of interest (maximum two pages)

Curriculum vitae

Names and contact information for 3 academic references

1 or 2 writing samples or publications (if available)


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, and a review of the applications will begin immediately. The starting date is flexible, but should be no later than autumn 2015. Appointments can be made at the PhD student, the post-doctoral, or the more advanced research scientist level. For information about the positions, please contact Pekka Martikainen ( or Mikko Myrskylä ( The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the share of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and strongly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals, and especially encourages these candidates to apply.