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Call for applications: Postdoctoral Researcher in Life-course studies

General description

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in the work of the Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life-course Studies. TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life-course Studies aims to facilitate the initiation and implementation of high level interdisciplinary research projects involving studies of life-course in cooperation with sociologists, demographers and political scientists. The planned research projects will focus on the development of life-courses of different generations and social groups (gender, native origin, health status, social status, education) embedded into current and path dependent institutional and social context.

The postdoctoral position entails self-initiated research related to the abovementioned themes as well as in collaboration with other researchers in Centre of Excellence. Besides, the selected applicant are expected to participate actively in the writing of grant proposals and assisting in organising workshops and conferences.


Job requirements

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree or an equivalent qualification in Sociology, Political Science, Demography or cognate fields awarded within the past five years as of the deadline for the submission of grant application. In case the  applicant was on pregnancy, maternity or parental leave, or in compulsory military service (or equivalent alternative service) after the award of the doctoral degree, the period of qualification is extended by the corresponding period in full months, rounded up to the higher number of months. A doctoral degree defended outside of TU is required in the case of a post-doctoral fellow.

The candidate must fulfil all general requirements of the position of a research fellow stipulated in annex 9 of the Employment Relations Rules of Tallinn University.

Selection criteria will be based on the academic excellence of the applicant and the quality of the proposed research project. The candidate should have a proven capability to publish in academic journals, have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research community. The applicant’s experience in the leadership of projects and of successful application for research funding are important selection criteria.


Job responsibilities: According to annex 1 and annex 9 of TLU Employment Relations Rules. Guidelines for the research design and its practical execution will be provided by supervisor of the research project. The postdoctoral researcher position includes teaching in the volume of at least 7-10 ECTS credits during an academic year.

Load: 1,0 FTE.
Salary: To be agreed, according to Tallinn University Remuneration Regulation.
Location: Tallinn.
Language skills: Fluent English (C1) for teaching and research.

This academic position is a temporary position from September 1st 2017 to August 31st  2019.

Additional information: Practical questions on the competition should be directed to, questions about the research project and the nature of the work should be sent to Ellu Saar (



The candidates are expected to submit by 17th April 2017 (including) to Personnel Office of Tallinn University (Narva mnt 25, room T-219, 10120, Tallinn, or digitally signed to, with the title “Academic competition” required application documents.


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