at the Swedish Institute for Social Reseach. Closing date: 31 May 2021.

The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI, is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences  at Stockholm University. The Institute has about 100 employees and conducts research in social policy, welfare, inequality and labor markets. Researchers at SOFI are also involved in teaching, mainly in Economics and Sociology.

Project description
The position as a researcher is connected to the comparative social policy research carried out at SOFI ( and part of the project GENPARENT; Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood: A multi-method comparative study of the transition to parenthood in same-sex and opposite-sex couples (, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The project focuses on the division of work and care in same-sex and different-sex couples with children in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands and the United States. Based on analyses of population registers, the project aims at increasing knowledge about care-, work- and income-related consequences of the transition to parenthood. 

Main responsibilities
The researcher is expected to bring along plans for his/her own research, collaborate with other project members, and contribute to the development of quantitative research on same-sex couples. The researcher will work with population register data for the Nordic countries. (S)he is expected to perform high level research and publish in international, scientific journals.    

Qualification requirements
Researchers are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country in any of the social sciences.

Employment criteria include the quality of earlier research and qualifications, the degree to which the applicant’s research plan and previous research support the overall goals of the GENPARENT project, based on quantitative analyses of large scale survey and register data.

The applicant should be fluent in spoken and written English and must have a good understanding of one of the Nordic languages, as the position includes analysis of Nordic population register data as well as policy documents. Experience of working with popoulation registers and familiarity with complexities of identifying various family constellations in large scale quantitative data is an advantage.

Terms of employment
The position will be filled for a fixed term of up to one year, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Starting date October 1, 2021 or as per agreement

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the project coordinator, Professor Marie Evertsson, telephone +46 8 16 26 98,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

In addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diplomma
  • Any letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files).
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 31/05/2021