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Postdoctoral Position in Analytical Sociology – Linköping University, Sweden, Jun 2022


Linköping University invites applications for a position as a Postdoctoral in Analytical Sociologyformally based at the Department of Management and Engineering, Sweden – Jun 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Management and Engineering

Linköping University, Sweden


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Qualification Details

The position requires a doctorate or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Candidates who have their PhD defense in close foresight are also eligible to apply. The doctorate shall have been obtained no longer than three years before the expiration date of the application.

Responsibilities/Job Description


The position is advertised within the research project Observatory of Poverty.

About 900 million people—one-third in Africa—live in extreme poverty. Operating on the assumption that life in impoverished communities is fundamentally so different that it can trap people in cycles of deprivation (‘poverty traps’), major development agencies have deployed a stream of development projects to break these cycles (‘poverty targeting’). However, scholars are currently unable to answer questions such as in what capacity do poverty traps exist; to what extent do these interventions release communities from such traps—as they are held back by a data challenges. There is a lack of geo-temporal poverty data; this project will develop new methods to produce such data. Consequently, the aim of this project is to identify to what extent African communities are trapped in poverty and explain how competing development interventions alter these communities’ prospects to free themselves from deprivation. To achieve this aim, the project will tackle the following objectives:

To examine how World Bank (WB) development programs versus Chinese programs, select African communities, and how these affect communities’ chances of breaking the cycle of deprivation (using the data of Obj1).

To develop theories of the varieties of poverty traps by examining the extent to which these traps lurk in different social contexts that shape both local governance and public-service provisioning, and how these contexts may be more or less important for Chinese- or WB-styled projects.

The candidate is expected to produce research that contributes to the listed two objectives. To contribute to this research, the candidate requires the following qualifications:

  1. Knowledge in statistical causal inference.
  2. Excellent communications skills in written and spoken English.
  3. Working with geographical data
  4. Programming skills in R

The candidate should have a proven track-record in applying causal-inference methods with publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at leading international conferences. Preferably, the candidate has some skills in applying machine learning models and remain open to using Python when needed.

To the application, the candidate is expected to attach at least one (max five) high-quality peer-reviewed journal publication and a prospective project plan (max 1000 words).

The project is a collaboration between Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Chalmers University of Technology, the Departments of Sociology and Political Science, University of Gothenburg, and Department of Statistics, Harvard University.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: IEI-2022-00145

Application Procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest 9 of June, 2022.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

About the Department

The Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) strengthens and develops tomorrow’s industry, business world and society by ground-breaking research, education and innovation. Our teaching and research cover a broad spectrum of fields from economics and management to technology and design. We are a department that sees innovation, development and innovation as fundamentally necessary to strengthen a sustainable society. Collaboration and dialogue permeate our operations, making positive and productive relationships with companies and other organisations possible. This in turn helps to make our students highly sought-after, and ensures that research can be used to increase competitiveness and sustainability.Read more here:

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Note or Other details

Appointment time - The contract is for one year, with possibility to extension.

Starting date -  At the earliest possibility.

Salary - The University applies individual salary scales adapted to the experience of the employee and to the labour market.

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