Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology of Networks / Social Mobility

Department of Sociology; Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, Park End Street, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a. (with a discretionary range to £44,045 p.a.) 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology of Networks / Social Mobility to join the new innovative interdisciplinary research centre the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, headed by Professor Melinda Mills in the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, Oxford.

The post holder will work in a research project combining the modelling of social networks and research on social mobility with further opportunities to develop their own independent research project in an area related to the research on social networks or social mobility, while being encouraged to work with others in the centre and our international partners. Research needs to follow the aims of the LCDS which is to be innovative, disruptive, interdisciplinary and realign conventional thinking.

Duties of this exciting new role will include publishing excellent research, representing the Centre at meetings and seminars, presenting papers at external events and generating creative ideas for research income and assisting with future proposals. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach if desired.

Applicants should hold a PhD, (or be close to completion), in sociology, economics, social networks, statistics, or another related discipline. Either a strong record and experience in working with social mobility and its statistical analysis, or a strong record and experience in working with statistical tools for social networks (such as ERGMs or SAOMs), and an interest in the respective other field is required. Further, excellent written and verbal communication skills to demonstrate a potential to write and present at an international level are essential. Experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment would be desirable.

This is a full time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, starting 1st December 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon UK time on Monday, 28th September 2020 with interviews scheduled for October 2020. You will be required to upload a CV, covering letter, a sample of written work and details of two referees as part of your online application.

All applications must be made online through the University website. To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please follow this link. 


Job vacancy ID: 147342.

Associate Professorship of Computational Social Science

Department of Sociology, Park End Street, Oxford, in association with Reuben College, South Parks Road, Oxford

£48,114 to £64,605 p.a.

The Department of Sociology together with the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science (LCDS) seek to appoint an Associate Professor of Computational Social Science in association with an Official Fellowship at Reuben College.

The successful candidate will undertake research, teaching and administration in the Department of Sociology and the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science. Teaching duties will be focused on Sociology's masters' programmes and are likely to include contributing to the compulsory modules on quantitative methods, teaching an option (elective) module, and supervision of masters as well as doctoral students in the Department.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in an area related to the LCDS such as demography, sociology, biology, genetics, economics, econometrics, criminology, statistics, epidemiology or public health, geography, computer science or another related discipline. An outstanding record of high-quality research and publications and/or promise of pipeline of research, as well as ability to teach, supervise and examine high-achieving and challenging graduate students are essential for this post. Experience in working within an interdisciplinary environment would be desirable.

Associate professors who are awarded the title of full professor may receive from the University an additional salary payment of £2,804 per annum.

Appointments to Associate Professorships are confirmed as permanent on successful completion of a review during the first five years.

If you would like to discuss this post and find out more about joining the academic community at Oxford please follow this link.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon UK time on Monday, 12th October 2020 with interviews scheduled for October/November 2020. 


All applications must be made online through the University website. 

We are committed to equality, valuing diversity and inclusion. As such, applications are encouraged from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Job vacancy ID: 146924

In the upcoming period, we will be advertising for a: 

  • Associate Professor (permanent),

  • Programmer (5 years in first instance), 

  • Research Facilitator (5 years in first instance),

  • Financial Administrator (5 years in first instance),

  • Communications and Knowledge Exchange (5 years in first instance).

Each year we will also advertise postdoctoral positions and student scholarships in addition to varied academic staff. 

We welcome applications for visiting scholars

Student Scholarships

Each year we will offer a series of student scholarships for a combined Masters (MPhil) and PhD (DPhil) study and standalone PhD (DPhil) scholarships associated with the centre.

This year we will be offering 2 student scholarships. Scholarships cover all University and Tuition Fees, a small living allowance, computer and yearly travel budget. 



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