Postdoc­toral Re­searcher on So­cial In­equal­it­ies in Pop­u­la­tion Health

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 May 2022

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term period starting as agreed for the duration of 4 years.

The position is part of the ERC Advanced Grant ‘Social inequalities in population health: integrating evidence from longitudinal, family-based and genetically informed data’ to Prof Pekka Martikainen. The project aims to establish the root causes of social inequalities in health by

  • assessing the drivers of long-term changes in health inequalities and establishing the contribution of family factors and macro- level social and economic conditions to these changes;
  • examining multigenerational interdependencies of social position and health in up to four generations;
  • estimating the causal effects of social position on health by employing molecular genetic information and assessing whether genetic associations are mediated or modified by social position;
  • evaluating the generalisability of explanations of social inequalities in health through international comparative research. For more detail see .
  • The successful applicant should contribute to one or more of the four research themes of the ERC project. The project is housed at the Population Research Unit; .

    The main task of the appointed researcher is - jointly with the research team - to design and conduct quantitative research mostly on longitudinal register-based data. In addition, the researcher is expected to actively contribute to teaching in the master’s programme in demography (up to 5% annually), and other research activities of the Unit, as well as prepare new research proposals.


    An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in demography, public health, sociology, data sciences, population genetics or other relevant field, have strong quantitative methods skills and an excellent command of written English. The default assumption is that the degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment. The applicant’s research interests should be aligned with the goals and the broad research areas of the ERC project.

    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.


    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 will be approx. €42,000 – €50,000, 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 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 3 May 2022.

    The following English-language documents must be enclosed with applications (please compile all documents as a single pdf file):

  • A curriculum vitae,
  • A statement (max 1 page) outlining how the applicant would contribute to the ERC project,
  • A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold her or his five key publications to be considered during the review.
  • Detailed information on the CV and list of publications can be obtained online: .


    Further information about the position and the research project may be obtained from Prof Pekka Martikainen, .

    In case 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. Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed.

    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 and an international master’s programme, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The faculty has approximately 500 research and teaching staff, and each year it awards some 350 bachelor’s degrees, 400 master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information, please see the Faculty website at .

    Due date

    03.05.2022 23:59 EEST

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