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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative Analysis

Application deadline: 5 February 2018

Inequality at work: the role of firms, neighborhoods and discrimination in the (re)production of inequality in France


We offer a full-time position of post-doctoral research fellow, starting March 1, 2018 at Sciences Po, Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (fixed-term contract, 12 months). The position will be within an interdisciplinary team composed of sociologists and economists working on ANR (The French National Research Agency) project on workplace inequality.

The candidate will contribute to the research program, working with the team on specific papers that will be submitted in international peer-reviewed journals. The papers will deal with several aspects of wage inequality in firms with specific attention to issues such as occupational, gender, citizenship and urban inequality. The selected candidate will be hosted at the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement. The job position also offers the possibility to participate in international conferences.


  • PhD degree in economics, sociology, demography or political science (obtained recently or soon to be completed)
  • Articles in peer-reviewed journals either published or in an advanced stage
  • Prior experience with large-scale data is necessary. We are particularly seeking a researcher who can handle longitudinal data management and modelling. Advanced skills in SAS, Stata and/or R are highly recommended. The candidate should be able to collaborate with the team members elaborating and completing their prior statistical programs. Prior experience of data analysis through French CASD is welcome.
  • Excellent English in writing and communication. Knowledge of French is welcome.
  • Please submit a motivation letter and a CV (in pdf format) before February 5, 2018 to and .



    Doctoral Fellowships

    Application deadline: 15 March 2018


    The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris invites applications for doctoral fellowships. Fellowship recipients will work under the supervision of Prof. Jenny Andersson or Prof. Olivier Godechot and are required to apply for formal enrollment in the doctoral program in sociology or political science at Sciences Po in Paris.

    Applicants' research interests should fall into the area of MaxPo's research program, and their PhD project proposal should fit into one of the two research groups at MaxPo. We welcome original and independent proposals. Research topics should be situated in economic sociology, political economy, or economic or political history and can include:

  • The intellectual, political, and economic history of neoliberalism; elite and mass politics; the marketization of social life; concepts of democracy, politics, and progress since the 1970s; the consequences of neoliberalism;

  • Labor markets and inequality; job polarization; team dynamics and team splits in organizations, firms, and political parties; the sociology of financial markets; the political and social consequences of economic crises.

    The MaxPo PhD program runs in close collaboration with the doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne. Together, we offer the possibility of a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse).

    Candidates will hold a master's degree (or equivalent) and have received training in the following disciplines: history, sociology, or political science, with additional training in related fields. They should have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. There is no nationality requirement; however, a firm command of English and a working knowledge of French is required.

    Fellowship conditions:
    2,188 euros (monthly gross salary); three-year contract starting in October 2018; including a 12-week period of administrative service to MaxPo and a research stay at the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne.

    Application Procedure
    Required documents (to be compiled into one PDF):

  • a CV
  • a transcript of records from each institution attended
  • a cover letter briefly describing your intellectual trajectory so far and discussing the topics that interest you (2 pages maximum)
  • a thesis project proposal (5,000 words maximum)
  • a project title
  • an abstract summarizing your thesis project
  • a writing sample (such as an article, thesis, or term paper)
  • if possible, we strongly encourage you to obtain one or more letters of recommendation (a letter from your MA advisor would be especially useful)

    Please email the complete file to by March 15, 2018 (with "MaxPo PhD positions 2018" in the subject line). Incomplete files will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview. Final decisions will be made by mid-April 2018.

    Please also note that successful candidates will need to apply for admission through the online procedure of the Ecole doctorale of Sciences Po before April 25, 2018. Administrative registration will occur in June 2018 through the Ecole doctorale. Detailed instructions will be forwarded in April 2018 to the candidates selected for a MaxPo fellowship.


    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    MaxPo does not offer funded postdoctoral positions. However, we are happy to consider supporting young scholars wishing to apply for outside funding if their topics fit well with the MaxPo research agenda. Please contact the directors for further information.


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