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PhD Position at the Estonian Institute for Population Research

The Estonian Institute for Population Research at Tallinn University invites applications for a 4-year full-time government-funded PhD candidate as a junior research fellow position on the topic:  “The effects of family events (occurrence and timing) on old age health and well-being in European regions”.

The Estonian Institute for Population Studies within Tallinn University is a leading demography research centre in Estonia. The institute has a PhD programme in demography since 2000. You can read more about the research and people of the institute here. The renewed PhD in Demography programme will be available from mid-March 2024 on the above-mentioned website.

The PhD project will explore the effects of different family events and their timing (e.g. childbearing, partnership formation, remaining single, dissolution, etc.) on old age disparities in health and well-being. The focus is on disentangling life course interactions in different European regions, particularly in relation to the institutional settings and their changes in East European countries. The PhD student will use data from international longitudinal surveys, such as SHARE or GGS for comparative analysis. Additionally, it is possible to focus on Estonia, linking survey data with administrative records.

A Junior Research Fellow is a student and an employee of the university at the same time. The period of full-time enrolment in the programme is 4 years.  If enrolled part-time, the period can be extended to 8 years.  The minimum salary for full-time position is 1700 euros per month (in the academic year 2023/2024).

The thesis research proposal should be agreed with and signed by the prospective supervisor in the Estonian Institute for Population Studies before final submission of the application.

The Institute prefers candidates who have experience working with quantitative data and methods.

General Tallinn University admission requirements are available here

First draft proposal deadline: May 13, 2024
Application deadline: July 1, 2024



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