Postdoc­toral Re­search­er/University Re­search­er

Helsinki, Finland
25 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki and the research consortium FLUX invite applications for up to


to work with Dr. Christina Bohk-Ewald and Professor Mikko Myrskylä in the research project FLUX: Family Formation in Flux – Causes, Consequences, and Possible Futures. The positions are for 3-5 years, based at the University of Helsinki, with a flexible starting date in 2022, and ample opportunities for professional growth. Candidates are expected to hold a PhD by the time they start and the level of remuneration is aligned with the years of relevant research experience after obtaining the PhD.

The project FLUX focuses on the causes and consequences of the unprecedented changes in fertility and family formation in the Nordic countries and Finland. Comparative, cross-national research beyond the Nordic countries is also welcome. The FLUX team is a collaboration that includes leading researchers from relevant disciplines, such as demography, sociology, economics, and social data science, in Finland, the Nordic countries, and beyond. The FLUX project is led by Dr. Marika Jalovaara (University of Turku) and Prof. Mikko Myrskylä (University of Helsinki and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research) and has strong ties to international research institutes such as the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany as well as to social policy and governmental research organizations in Finland. Please see for further information.

With this job ad, we are recruiting to the University of Helsinki based research arm of the FLUX project. This arm is directed by Dr. Christina Bohk-Ewald and Prof. Mikko Myrskylä. We are particularly interested in scientists who can contribute to one or more of the following research aims of the FLUX project:

  1. Micro-level dynamic interrelationships between family formation, timing of fertility, human capital accumulation, and labor force participation;
  2. Projecting and forecasting demographic patterns, in particular fertility, and socio-economic processes related to fertility;
  3. Consequences of changing family formation patterns on the well-being of children.


The candidates are expected to have:

  • a PhD in demography, economics, data science, statistics, sociology, or a related field (or expected to acquire such a degree by the time of starting in FLUX);
  • strong skills in quantitative methods, know-how in using register, panel, or survey datasets, and experience in using statistical software and programming;
  • ability to conduct independent scholarly work and publish research on the topics related to the project.

Successful applicants have strong research orientation and fluency in English.

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation. The working language will be English.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range of a postdoctoral researcher will be approx. € 41,000 – € 50,000, and of more senior University Researcher approx. € 51,000 – € 65,000 depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information is available at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at The closing date for applications is November 15, 2021.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:

  • Motivation letter,
  • CV,
  • Research plan describing your research project that is linked to FLUX (max 2 pages),
  • Two writing samples (articles or manuscripts),
  • For applicants without a PhD, a statement on the expected date of defending the thesis.

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications and the documentation of teaching merits can be found in the following web address:


Further information about the position may be obtained from Dr. Christina Bohk-Ewald, or Professor Mikko Myrskylä,

Should you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile with approximately 500 research and teaching staff. For more information, please see the Faculty website at

Due date

15.11.2021 23:59 EET

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