Post Doc in Quantitative Social Science
University of Copenhagen Department of Sociology

2-Year Postdoc in Quantitative Social Science with a Focus on Knowledge Hierarchies and Careers in Science

Applications are invited for a 2-year PostDoc position at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The position is available for two years from September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

A postdoctoral position is a fixed-term academic position. The position is heavily weighted in favour of research. Other duties (e.g., research administration) may have to be performed to a limited extent. The university determines the exact ratio between the various responsibilities. The ratio may vary over time.

The PostDoc will collaborate with Associate Professor Mathias Wullum Nielsen on a project focusing on knowledge hierarchies and career trajectories in science, financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. This project will combine computational text analysis and data from Danish administrative registers to examine how socio-demographic characteristics (including gender, nationality, ethnicity, parenthood and social background) and research specialization (in terms of thematic and methodological focus) intersect to influence young researchers’ career opportunities. The postdoc will help lead efforts in developing and maintaining relational databases of administrative register data and science-related (bibliometric) data, and carrying out various forms of quantitative data analysis. The selected candidate will be part of a small research group consisting of the P.I. and three postdocs, and will be expected to contribute substantially to publications in the research group, both as first and secondary author.


To be considered for the position, applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in sociology, economics, management, information science, education or related fields. We seek applicants with strong statistical skills and experience with managing large datasets and relational databases. Familiarity with computational text analysis (e.g. topic modeling) is a plus. We also seek candidates with good communication skills in spoken and written English, and an ability to produce state-of-the art social-science research.

For further information about the position, please contact Mathias Wullum Nielsen (

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

Salary and conditions of employment

Salary and terms of appointment will be in accordance with an agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The annual salary for postdoctoral researchers is within the range DKK 412.000 – 434.000 (EUR 55,000 – 57,900 app.). The University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.

An agreement between The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here: http://ism.ku.dk and


The application should be in English and must include the following enclosures:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages). The cover letter should specify how the applicant’s qualifications and experiences match the project’s focus on studying processes of social stratification in science using administrative-register data and bibliometric data.
  • Curriculum vitae (with the applicant’s email & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with*.
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment and the PhD thesis (if applicable). The selected publications must be uploaded as attachments. Should any of the submitted publications consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Application procedure

Applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the appointment committee. All applicants are subsequently notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant. 

The University of Copenhagen encourages everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  

Further information about the application procedure or salary is available from HR-officer Salma Schou, e-mail:, please refer to ID 211-0438/20-2I.

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online not later than June 6, 2020. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 06-06-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Department/Location: Sociologisk Institut

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