Postdoc on politics and policies of generations and populations in Denmark

2-year postdoc position in politics and policies of generations and populations at CPOP-SAMF

The SDU’s interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics (CPOP) and the Department of Political Science and Public Management invites applications for a 2-year postdoc position in politics and policies of generations and populations as soon as possible.

The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Societies and Demographic Change research section of the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, SDU. Furthermore, the new employee will be affiliated with the Business and Social Sciences unit of the Centre for Population Dynamics (CPOP-SAMF). We encourage applications from early-stage researchers with a strong methodological background who do innovative and theory-driven research in political sociology, political economy, economic sociology or political demography, on key aspects of generations and populations in aging societies. Relevant research topics may include intergenerational resource transfers and human capital investments, intergenerational solidarity and equity, intergenerational social norms and social comparisons, intergenerational mobility, intergenerational public policy conflict, and age group relevant politics, policies and feedback processes across the lifecycle (ranging from education to pensions), as well as implications for policy reform and policy innovation.


Candidates are expected to:

  • Be curious and willing to actively engage in interdisciplinary research activities. Centre for Population Dynamics includes scholars from demography, health, biology, humanities, as well as the social sciences.
  • Present a 2-year research agenda that clearly links to the CPOP and CPOP-SAMF research agendas.
  • Document a strong research outcome and publishing experience with international peer-reviewed journals/presses.
  • Document the ability to engage in professional networks.

It is important to us that applicants have good interpersonal skills and are dedicated to taking part in the everyday academic and social environment at the department in general and the CPOP activities. Such engagement can be documented by, for example, past engagement in social and professional activities.

The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department aims to employ staff that reflect the diversity of society and, thus, welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

For further information, please contact PI Professor Pieter Vanhuysse: or Head of Centre, Klaus Petersen,

Application, salary, etc.
Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • A research agenda (max 3 pages) for the next 2 years that describes:
    • the potential to advance the field (both empirically and theoretically)
    • relationships to the aim and goals of the CPOP/CPOP-SAMF
    • planned national and international collaborations
    • the potential of obtaining external funding
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. NOTE: If publications have been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf and must include information like in this example. The statement is just for your inspiration
  • Please attach the PhD dissertation as a publication, if such exists.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities. Applications will be assessed by an academic assessment committee that determines whether applicants are qualified. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary


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