Posted on: 2 July, 2019
Application deadline: October 1, 2019

2-year postdoctoral position, Inequalities in Child Educational Achievement, INED, Paris, France

Postdoctoral researcher on the ORA-DICE project

2-year contract from January 2020 (negotiable)

Description of the Institute

The French Institute for Demographic Studies is a public research institute. Its missions include conducting cutting-edge research in all fields relating to demography and population studies, and informing the public of its research results and activities. Interdisciplinary in its  recruitment, Ined includes 230 employees (permanent staff, contractuals, doctoral students), as well as numerous associated researchers, foreign visiting researchers, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.

Project tasks

The post-doctoral researcher will participate to a new international research project, which aims to compare socio-economic inequalities in the development and educational success of children in several developed countries. In France, analyses will be based on longitudinal data such as the Elfe (Etude Longitudinale Française depuis l’Enfance) birth cohort, and the Ministry of Education panel of students.

The recruited researcher will be part of an international team of researchers from Ined, Columbia University, Bristol University, Leipzig University and the Erasmus University working on the ORA-funded project DICE (Development of Inequalities in Child Educational Achievement,

The recruited researcher will carry out statistical analyses of the Elfe and the panels of students, and will coordinate comparative analyses with other international cohorts. He/she will contribute to writing scientific reports and journal articles, and attend project meetings at which he/she will present intermediate results.

This project offers the possibility of international travel for the international team’s working meetings, particularly in London (United Kingdom), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Leipzig (Germany).

Candidate Profile

  • The position is open to candidates holding (or about to obtain) a PhD in demography, economics, quantitative sociology, statistics or other related disciplines;
  • Excellent quantitative skills, in particular in the management of complex and/or longitudinal data, and/or in comparative analyses, using Stata;
  • A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the key project themes (socio-economic inequalities and social stratification, child health and well-being, education, comparative analyses) will be appreciated;
  • Capacity to read, communicate and write scientific documents in English. Some knowledge of French (notably in reading) would be desirable;
  • Good organisation skills and autonomy.

Appointment terms The position is a full-time post to be filled from January 2020 (start date negotiable with the successful candidate), on a 24-month fixed-term contract. Place of work: Ined, Aubervilliers (Campus Condorcet) from 26th December 2019. Aubervilliers is part of Greater Paris and just outside central Paris.

The monthly salary for this position will be between €2,734 and €3,555 per month, depending on relevant experience.

In addition to working on the DICE project, the postdoctoral researcher will be able to devote 20% of his/her time to his/her own research. This could include preparing and publishing articles from previous research projects, launching or continuing an independent line of research, developing their own research network, or preparing applications for future funding or job opportunities. In addition, the successful candidate will have a dedicated workspace with a computer, access to the Institute’s subsidized canteen, a budget to attend conferences, and methodological training as required.

The Ined charter for contractual researchers can be found on the Ined website:

How to apply Send a detailed CV, a cover letter, two writing samples (with their publication status) and the contact details of two references who can be contacted after the pre-selection, via email to: Lidia Panico ( and Anne Solaz ( before 1st October 2019. Documents can be written in English or French, but at least one (cover letter or writing sample) must be in English.

Post-doctorant.e Projet DICE_fr

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