Funding, Study, Work Opportunities


Application deadline: 15 August 2021

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research invites Expressions of Interest proposals to participate in the Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowships scheme with the MPIDR as host institution. The scheme enables experienced researchers (PhD or equivalent research experience) from across the globe to conduct a research and professional development project at a European research institution for up to 2 years. It pays a generous monthly stipend, and several allowances.

Interested applicants should send a 3-page summary proposal and your CV to the contact address below. The proposal should contain an outline of their  research project, and information on their professional development and implementation/dissemination plans.

Please send your applications no later than 15 August 2021.

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Location: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany
Application deadline: 16 July 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity

The University of Kentucky is seeking a postdoctoral scholar in environmental epidemiology.  The scholar will contribute to research on early life and adolescent environmental exposures and neurodevelopmental health as part of ongoing projects in the Haynes Research Laboratory in the Department of Epidemiology.  The scholar will lead analyses and manuscripts evaluating neurodevelopmental health outcomes and exposure to metals and perfluoroalkyl substances.  The postdoctoral fellow will work with a dedicated mentor in a supportive research environment.  The scholar will also contribute to community engagement and outreach related to the research study.  Other activities include participation in a youth advisory board, development of infographics and other data design, and report-back of individual and community-level research study results.  In addition, the scholar will also have opportunities to pursue career development activities, present at professional conferences, develop independent research projects and apply for K99/R00 or other research grants.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent graduate degree in epidemiology, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, or related field.  Programming and data management skills in SAS, R, or Stata as well as excellent writing skills are required.  Additional desired qualifications include experience in children’s environmental health research, biomarker-based research, graphic design using Canvas or other software, and/or statistical approaches to assess exposure to mixtures.

Deadline to Apply     16 July 2021

Candidates will need to provide a cover letter describing research interest, CV, writing sample, and list of three references.   

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Location: University of Kentucky, United States of America
Application deadline: 15 July 2021

Postdoctoral call on “Migration in the Afromontane”: Exploring intersections with entrepreneurship and sustainable development

The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) has established an inter-and trans-disciplinary research project titled: “Migration in the Afromontane”: Exploring intersections with entrepreneurship in QwaQwa, Free State, South Africa. The study will feed into a wider collaborative research programme between the University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus, and Japan’s Akita International University, Faculty of International Liberal Arts, Global Studies Program, which aims to establish a sustainability science hub on the QwaQwa campus. The programme links the rural mountainous communities of QwaQwa, in the Free State province, South Africa, and Gojome town, in Akita Prefecture, Japan, through a trans-local learning approach. Trans-local learning is created by linking (trans-) different localities (local). Trans-disciplinary, trans-local approaches grounded in Sustainability Science, have the potential to create nuanced knowledge about global sustainability challenges, such as migration.

Research Focus: A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the department of Geography at the University of the Free State, QwaQwa campus. The postdoc will work with an interdisciplinary team examining the links between migration, entrepreneurship and sustainable development in QwaQwa. The position falls under the UFS-QwaQwa Risk & Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC), funded by the NRF. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to analyze both qualitative interview/focus group data and quantitative survey data, help lead deliberative stakeholder workshops, conduct literature reviews and employ sociological theories related to migration, entrepreneurship and sustainable development, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings. The call presents an excellent opportunity for high-achieving researchers to be part of an innovative, internationally collaborative social science research project.

Eligibility:  1. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals; 2. A PhD degree in a relevant background discipline (e.g. Sustainability Science, Geography, or motivated other); 3. Field-work experience in rural communities; 4. Driven, disciplined, able to work as a member of a team, and be able to set and meet own deadlines; 5. A proficiency in English, both verbal and written, is required; 6. A valid driver’s license is preferable.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted to Dr Melissa Hansen ( by 15 July 2021, with the following:  1. A one-page Letter of Motivation (which includes why you are interested in this project, relevant experience, and any areas of particular interest); 2. Full CV; 3. Academic Transcripts; 4. Copy of ID or Passport (latter if a foreign applicant).

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone/Skype. Applicants who do not hear any response to their application by 25 July2020 can assume that they have not been successful. The UFS reserves the right to re-advertise for this post if a suitable candidate is not found.  

For further enquires please contact Dr Hansen at

Location: South Africa
Posted: 25 June 2021

Geospatial data scientist position at DHS

ICF has an opening for a Geospatial Data Scientist working primarily with The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Program’s Geospatial team.

The Geospatial Data Scientist will primarily focus on the use of geospatial techniques to analyze demographic and health issues using DHS data. Tasks will include: managing the production of modeled surface datasets using model-based geostatistics (MBG), collaborating with other researchers to integrate geospatial data in their analysis, writing analytical reports for publication, writing code for data cleaning, debugging and testing existing code/tools for GPS processing and geostatistical model fitting, and contributing to the creation of spatial analysis outputs for use in program decision making, with a focus on the use of the data by survey countries.

The Geospatial Data Scientist will also be involved in other cross-cutting projects at ICF with a need for geostatistical analysis. The Geospatial Data Scientist will report directly to the Geospatial Research Manager and will work closely with the other members of the Geospatial team. This full-time position will be based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area), once it is safe to reopen offices due to COVID-19.

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Location: United States of America
Application deadline: 03 March 2021

Two Post-doctoral positions

The French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) and the iPOPs Laboratory of Excellence are inviting applications for two post-doctoral positions:

•    1 two-year post-doctoral position in one of Ined's 11 units (10 research units and one mixed service unit)
•    1 one-year post-doctoral position in one of iPOPs' 6 partner research centers

Deadline for applications : 3 March 2021, 12:00 PM (noon), Paris time
The applicant must fulfill the following three criteria :

•    The applicant must hold a PhD awarded after 03/03/2017, or have defended their dissertation prior to the start date of the post-doctoral contract (12/15/2021 at the latest) in a discipline related to the population sciences, including demography, economics, epidemiology, history and sociology.
•    The applicant must not have been hosted at the requested host research institution during their doctoral research for a total period exceeding six months.
•    The applicant must have the endorsement of a mentor who commits to support them throughout their period of employment. Applicants should directly contact researchers at INED or in partner laboratories.

There are no nationality or age requirements.

Full information is available at:

Location: French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), France
Application deadline: 01 March 2021

Assistant Professor in "Big Data Analytics for Natural Resources"

The Department of Natural Resources (NRS) at ITC/University of Twente in The Netherlands seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with expertise in big data analytics.

The Department of Natural Resources aims to enable society to effectively develop and use geo-information and Earth observation knowledge and technologies for agricultural and environmental sustainability. The activities of the department are expanding to address new opportunities in applying increasing volumes of remotely sensing imagery and ancillary GIS data layers for natural resource management at regional, continental, and global levels. The NRS specialise in using large volumes of image data derived from remote sensing that characterise the physical properties of vegetation and the environment from individual leaves, to landscape/ecosystem, and even global levels. Exploiting and modelling these increasingly large volumes of data to inform end users fills important gaps in our understanding of vegetation condition, biodiversity and environmental monitoring, forest management and food security and contribute to new approaches for upscaling and exploiting these data.

This position will complement and expand existing expertise in the NRS department. The position will be a point of contact with ITC's Centre of Expertise in Big Geodata Science. ITC, and this position, are focused on collaboration to develop high-quality research outputs that demonstrate the societal impact of big data and open science.

A full description of the announcement can be found here.

Deadline: 1 March 2021

Location: Department of Natural Resources (NRS) at ITC/University of Twente, Netherlands
Application deadline: 28 February 2021

Masters Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-2022

Masters Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-2022 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

MSc Demography and Health
MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research

Full scholarships available for low and middle income countries (LMIC). See list of countries here

1.      LSHTM Fund Scholarship – deadline February 28th 2021 -  2021-22 LSHTM Fund Scholarship
2.      GSK Scholarships for Future Health Leaders – deadline February 28th 2021 -2021-22 GSK Scholarships for Future Health Leaders

For further details of the Masters programmes please see the following links:

MSc Demography and Health MSc D and H
MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc RSHR

Location: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),
Application deadline: 26 February 2021

The 2021 Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community.

In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a research opportunity identified at:
Award Details:

·    Stipends range from $75,000 to $79,000, depending on research location.
·    Annual travel budget of up to $6,000
·    Appointments for two years, and option to extend for a third year
·    Host institutions receive an annual laboratory budget of up to $5,000.
·    Advisors receive a $10,000 stipend and a travel budget of up to $2,000.

Postdoc Eligibility:

·                     U. S. citizenship required
·                     Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline

Applications Accepted Jan. 4 - Feb. 26, 2021

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