Research assistant for Research Project on the Social Mobility of Siblings

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a 1-year fixed-term Research Assistant position starting on 1 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This is a unique opportunity to join a new research team that will conduct a large-scale study of the social mobility of siblings born over most over the 20th century in more than 10 countries. The research project "Social Class Mobility in Comparative Perspective: Bringing Siblings In" (SIBMOB) is hiring a Research Assistant who will play a crucial role in bringing the project forward. The team is located in an engaging and collaborative work environment at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.

Job content
The SIBMOB project, which is funded by the European Research Council, will examine the social class mobility of siblings in more than 10 countries. The project’s novel contribution is to extend the conventional approach to social mobility in sociology to consider the mobility of the entire sibling group in a family, rather than just the mobility of single individuals. The project’s overall ambition is to advance our understanding of why some countries are more socially mobile than other countries by explicitly considering the social processes that operate at the level of families.

The main role of the Research Assistant is to bring together, organize, and recode the extensive set of data sources on which the SIBMOB project will be based. The aim is to construct a large database containing information on the mobility experiences of siblings. The database will consist of data from more than 20 surveys from more than 10 countries around the world. Moreover, the Research Assistant will work on synthesizing information from country-level databases on different social and economic indicators. The Research Assistant will work in close collaboration with the project PI (Associate Professor Kristian Bernt Karlson) and a postdoctoral researcher. The candidate is also expected take part in the academic life of the department and will be part of the research group Welfare, Inequality, and Mobility.

For further information, including more details on the SIBMOB project, please contact project PI Associate Professor Kristian Bernt Karlson (

The successful applicant is expected to have a

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, economics, or political science), and
  • experience with working with survey data and/or administrative registers (such as the Danish Administrative Registers).

Experience with working with panel, clustered, and/or multi-level data is an advantage but not a requirement.

For further details about the qualification requirements for research assistants, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019:

The application must be submitted in English through the online application form by clicking "Apply online" below and accompanied by the following appendices:

Appendix 1: Cover letter detailing how the qualifications of the applicant meet the requirements for the position (max 2 pages in total).

Appendix 2: Curriculum vitae.

Appendix 3: A copy of the Master’s degree certificate or letter signed by the promotor that a Master’s certificate is expected in due time.

Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the 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 at   

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Mette Christensen (HR), please refer to ID number 211-0090/20-2O.

Salary and Terms of Employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary.

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The closing date for applications is 16 November 2020 (23:59 CET)

 Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.


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Application deadline: 16-11-2020
Employment start: 01-02-2021
Department/Location: Sociologisk institut

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