Ref. No. SU FV-2439-19
at the Stress Research Institute. Closing date: 19 August 2019.
The Stress Research Institute is a leading national research centre in the areas of stress, sleep and health. Being part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University, our institute fosters an interdisciplinary environment, enabling collaborations across social sciences, demography, psychology, epidemiology, public health and medicine. The institute is organised into three research units and has a research laboratory. About 35 people work at the institute, which is located on lake Brunnsviken in Frescati, Stockholm.
The position is hosted by the epidemiology unit and relates to research carried out within the project “Sustainable Work in an Ageing Population (SWAP): Multinational analyses of the social, occupational and health-related determinants of working life expectancy.” The overall aim of this project is to use some of the best characterised cohort studies from advanced Western economies to investigate determinants of working life expectancy (WLE) as a holistic measure of active labour market participation. The specific objectives are to model WLE in relation to:
1) socio-demographics (gender, education, occupation, and income)
2) physical demands at work
3) psychosocial work environment (psychological demands, control, effort-reward imbalance, and organisational justice)
4) work time control
5) social circumstances (marital status and informal caregiving)
6) health (chronic conditions and self-rated health)
7) health behaviours (physical activity, BMI, smoking and alcohol consumption)
8) sleep and
9) motivation (future time perspective, work motivation and retirement planning).
Within the current context of global population ageing, this project will provide invaluable knowledge for social policy, regarding the impact of demographic factors, socioeconomic inequalities, occupational conditions and health on later life labour market participation within a cross-national comparative perspective.
The project will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to work and publish with leading international collaborators within the project at the following universities and institutes: Karolinska Institutet and University of Gothenburg (Sweden); University College London (UK); INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France); University of Copenhagen and the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (Denmark); and University of Turku (Finland) with possibilities to extend the collaboration to further countries and universities.
The main responsibilities will be:
– to adapt for the project and develop existing scripts/programmes previously used for the analysis of healthy life expectancy using multistate life table methods and micro simulations using Markov chain modelling for the estimation of WLE
– to acquire, harmonise and analyse the data from multiple international longitudinal studies
– to write original research papers in collaboration with colleagues
– to take part in other research activities, e.g., presenting findings at conferences and writing grant applications.
Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants for this position are expected to hold a doctoral degree in demography, statistics, epidemiology, quantitative sociology or economics or an equivalent degree relevant for the project.
In the appointment process, special emphasis will be given to knowledge relevant to the project. Special emphasis will also be given to skills in longitudinal data analysis, data management and advanced statistical scripting/programming, primarily in SAS and/or R, as well as other scientific capabilities demonstrated through own published research relevant to the project. Prior experience of working with healthy or working life expectancy is desirable.
Strong emphasis will be placed on abilities to work independently to very high standards and in an organized way, with attention to detail and good record keeping, documented abilities to cooperate with others and to contribute to a good working atmosphere, as well as abilities and general suitability to carry out work tasks. Willingness and ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and with external research collaborators partners is essential.
Emphasis will be placed on administrative skills as well as capabilities to engage with and share research findings with the broader community. Emphasis will also be placed on very good understanding of and ability to communicate in English since the working language in the project will be English.
Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for one year with a possibility for an extension with a second year. Start date as soon as possible. Salaries at Stockholm University are determined individually.
Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.
Further information about the position can be obtained from the project leader, Professor Hugo Westerlund, telephone: +46 8 553 789 46, email@example.com, or Posdoctoral Fellow Lawrence Sacco, telephone: +46 73 913 40 91, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Union representativesIngrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, email@example.com, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com (SEKO).
Apply for the position through Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.
Please include the following information with your application:
- Your contact details and personal data
- Your highest degree
- Your language skills
- Contact details for two referees
and include the following documents:
- Cover letter describing your interest in the subject area/project and your suitability for working on the project
- CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
- Copy of PhD certificate
- Publications in support of your application (maximum two files).
The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.
You are welcome to apply!
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Closing date: 19/08/2019
Post expires on Monday August 19th, 2019