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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in quantitative social sciences/demography
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF19583

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 13/07/2017

Job live date: 14/06/2017

Salary: £29,301 to £31,076 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Archaeology Geography & Environmental Science

Division: Geography & Environmental Science

Hours Per Week:: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time,Fixed-term

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join a multi-disciplinary team working on the ESRC funded research project, entitled: ‘Son preference and sex selection against females in the UK: Evidence, causes, trends and implications’. (2017 – 2020; Grant Ref: ES/N01877X/1).

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated research scientist with a strong background in quantitative/statistical methods. The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will work closely with Dr Sylvie Dubuc (PI on the project, Department of Geography and Environmental Science) and support the development of the research project, analysing family childbearing dynamics with respect to gender/son preferences among specific Asian communities in the UK. In collaboration with Prof M. Unnithan (Anthropology, Sussex), the project uses mixed methods and an inter-disciplinary approach combining secondary data analyses of available demographic data from various sources and a qualitative analysis of inter-generational family dynamics within British Asian communities. Project partners include the Department of Health (UK government) and the ETHOX centre of Oxford. Through the engagement of a variety of stakeholders the project seeks to provide the best evidence-based knowledge on son preference and its implications, including prenatal sex-selection to inform policies promoting gender justice.

The post holder will conduct the demographic and broader quantitative analyses, and assist in the preparation of relevant publications.

The post is offered full time for 22 months but we will consider requests for more flexible part-time arrangement.

You will have:

  • PhD/Post graduate degree in statistics, quantitative social science / demography, or other relevant degree with a strong quantitative component.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of quantitative methods. Background knowledge in demographic methods.
  • Experience managing and analysing complex, large datasets. Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and individually.
  • Ability to work under own initiative, strong organisational skills and attention to detail.

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Lecturer in Human Geography

Contact role:

Head of Department

Contact name:

Dr Sylvie Dubuc

Contact name:

Dr Steve Musson

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+44 (0)1183787753

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Interviews will be held on the 25 July 2017

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.


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