Postdoc Position on ERC Project on Siblings’ Intergenerational Social Class Mobility

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen invites applications for a 2.5-year fixed-term postdoc position starting on 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This is a unique opportunity to join a research team that will conduct a large-scale study of the social class mobility of siblings born over most of the 20th century in more than 10 countries. The research project "Social Class Mobility in Comparative Perspective: Bringing Siblings In" (SIBMOB) is hiring a postdoc who will play a crucial role in contributing to the project’s empirical analyses. These analyses revolve around examining the class mobility experiences of siblings from different families by applying new methods to survey and administrative data. The team is located in a family-friendly work environment at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.

Applicants should hold a PhD degree, or be close to defending it, within the social sciences (e.g., sociology or economics) or related fields. Applicants should have obtained their PhD degree in 2017 or later. Applicants must (i) possess advanced quantitative methods skills and (ii) have experience in the field of social mobility and inequality research. Experience with coding and analyzing older survey or census data is an advantage but not a requirement. Experience with comparative mobility or inequality research is an advantage but not a requirement.

Job Description
SIBMOB, which is funded by the European Research Council, has two objectives: (i) to develop a new methodological approach to characterize the social class mobility of siblings, and (ii) to apply this approach in an empirical study of more than 10 countries. The main role of the postdoc is to contribute to the empirical part of the project, especially the comparative analyses of sibling data from different countries and in-depth analyses of selected countries. The postdoc will assume key responsibility for the empirical part focusing on cross-country and over-time comparisons of siblings’ class mobility, including literature review, data compilation, preparation, and analysis, and drafting manuscripts for journal articles/book chapters.

SIBMOB is a collaborative project, and the postdoc will be part of a research team which, in addition to the PI in charge of the SIBMOB project (Associate Professor Kristian Bernt Karlson), includes two other postdocs (Dongjie Wu and Jesper Fels Birkelund). The candidate is expected to work both independently and in collaboration with the research team to break new ground in the study of social class mobility, with the overall ambition of advancing our understanding of why some countries are more socially mobile than other countries. The project runs from 2021 through 2026 and is located at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. 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.

The postdoc position is a full-time research position and does not involve any teaching obligations.

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

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR officer, e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-1129/22-2I #1

Salary and Terms of Employment
Salary and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 427,492.33 – 450,093.33 (EUR 57,000 – 60,000 app.). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible. A special tax scheme is offered for researchers recruited from abroad, see

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Researrch, see

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:

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 (i) how the scientific qualifications of the applicant meet the requirements for this position and (ii) how the applicant considers contributing to the empirical study in SIBMOB (max 4 pages in total).

Appendix 2: Curriculum vitae.
Appendix 3: A complete list of publications (including those accepted for publication).

Appendix 4: Your best publication (or chapter from your PhD dissertation) (max 30 PDF pages)

Appendix 5: A copy of the doctoral certificate or letter signed by the promotor that a doctoral certificate is expected in due time.

These documents can be submitted only electronically through the link provided below. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document, please make sure the documents are scanned and collected in one file.  

All other written communication with you will be via e-mail.

Please note that applications will be assessed based on these mandatory enclosures. Applicants cannot expect any additional documentation to be taken into account in the assessment.  

The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and the world and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal or national background.

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  

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET on 26 October 2022.

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 26-10-2022
Employment start: 01-03-2023
Department/Location: Sociologisk institut
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