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PhD scholarship in the LIFETRACK project, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, with a focus on inequalities in education and the life course. Employment is expected to start on 1 January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
 
The PhD scholarship is part of the research project “Life-Course Dynamics of Educational Tracking” (LIFETRACK), which is a large, joint project with other European countries. The project examines long-term life course consequences of educational tracking and the underlying social mechanisms hypothesized to generate these effects. The LIFETRACK project is funded by NORFACE, a collaboration between the national research councils and the EU, and runs in the period 2018-2020. 
 
Qualifications 
The successful applicant is expected to have a 
 
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology or related social sciences, 
  • experience with working with administrative registers (such as the Danish Administrative Registers), and 
  • proven skills in econometric methods, especially those designed to test causal hypotheses.  
Previous experience in the field of educational stratification and inequality is an advantage, but not a requirement. 
 
Opportunities 
The successful applicant will be part of the Danish research team, which includes Associate Prof. Kristian B. Karlson (team coordinator), Prof. MSO David Reimer (Aarhus University), and two student assistants. The Danish research team is one of five European teams. The remaining teams are located in Germany (University of Bamberg), Finland (University of Turku), England (University of Durham), and France (Science Po). The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to visit one of the partnering institutions. Moreover, the successful applicant will be part of the research group Welfare, Inequality, and Mobility in the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. 
 
PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching. 
 
Questions 
For more information on the PhD scholarship and the LIFETRACK project, please contact the Danish team coordinator, Associate Professor Kristian Bernt Karlson (kbk@soc.ku.dk). 
 
Application 
The application should include: 
 
  • A description of the proposed research (maximum five pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae. 
  • Transcript of Master’s degree Diploma and grades. 
  • Applicants who have not yet completed their Master’s degree, but who have submitted their thesis, must include documentation that the thesis is approved. 
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.  
 
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.  
 
In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.  In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. 
 
Application process  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.  
 
The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment: 
 
1. Research qualifications as reflected in description of the proposed research 
2. Quality and feasibility of the project.  
3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Sociology disciplines. 
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies. 
 
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here
 
Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 
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Application deadline: 01-11-2017
Employment start: 01-01-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Sociology

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