NEWFAMSTRAT Research Associate/post-doc Position

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Social & Policy Sciences

Salary:  Starting from £31,656, rising to £37,768
Placed On:  Wednesday 10 August 2016
Closing Date:  Friday 30 September 2016
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  DC4224

The Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to take the lead on analyses of British and German panel data under the European Research Council-funded project, NEWFAMSTRAT. The aim of NEWFAMSTRAT is to reveal how sources and outcomes of gender economic inequalities predicted by partnership and parenthood at the individual, couple, and employer levels vary among women and among men in Finland, Germany, and the UK.  The research is organized around four comparative subprojects, three of which entail coordinated analyses of large-scale panel data and one of which is a coordinated field correspondence study.  The postholder will be directly responsible for preparing working hypotheses and appropriate analyses, along with academic and public dissemination for two of the subprojects using the indicated data, as well as carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in other university departments and partner institutions. The postholder will also assist the PI (Prof Lynn Prince Cooke) in overall project management.

The successful candidate will hold or expect to obtain a PhD or DPhil in sociology, social demography, or related social science. Training and expertise in analysing large-scale longitudinal data sets such as Understanding Society, the BHPS, GSOEP, PSID, etc. is absolutely essential, as are very strong data management and quantitative analysis skills and proficiency in using STATA.  Candidates will be required to show evidence of developing a track record of excellent quality publications in highly-ranked peer-reviewed academic journals and/or major presses.

The post provides an outstanding career development and training opportunity for an early career researcher to contribute to advancing our theoretical understanding of gender inequalities, and potentially provide new insights for policy makers to strengthen EU equality legislation.  The postholder will join a collegial department that was ranked fifth in the Social Policy and Social Work unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post with an end date of 31 July 2021. The start date is flexible and can be negotiated.

To find out more about the Department, please see the website:  Queries relating to the substance of the projects can be directed to the PI, Professor Lynn Prince Cooke by email: