Post-Doctoral Scholar

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    Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences
    Political sciences
    SociologySocio-economic research
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    09/12/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Warsaw
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Intergenerational social mobility is the process of moving from parental social position to individuals’ own social standing in their adulthood. For instance, a person whose parents were farmers and she ended up becoming a lawyer, has experienced upward intergenerational social mobility. On the other hand, those persons whose parents were farmers and they are also farmers in their adult life are intergenerationally immobile. Social mobility is high up on the policy agenda in Poland as well as at the level of the European Union and internationally, exemplified in the recent World Bank report “Fair Progress”. But does social mobility really matter in terms of the risk of becoming seriously ill or the timing of death? Put simply, is somebody coming from a humble working class background but worked their way up the career ladder to the professional position is less likely to become ill, or die later, just because they experienced upward mobility? If so, why exactly? This ambitious project, using novel scientific approaches and unique data-sets, would give answers to these highly policy-relevant questions.

The main goal of this study is to advance our understanding on the role of intergenerational social mobility in persisting inequalities in health between poor and rich people. It has two specific aims: First, to test how strongly the level and the pattern of intergenerational social mobility and health are related; and second, to investigate the potential explanations that link individuals’ experience of intergenerational social mobility and their health outcomes. These questions are important as social mobility is one of the priority areas for the Polish government as well as at the level of the European Union. If it is found that, consistent with the project’s expectations, intergenerational social mobility is significantly and causally associated with health, the ensuing debate will strengthen efforts to improve policies in the area of early years’ interventions, quality of schooling, school-to-work transitions, and working lives measures. Policies should then focus on tackling barriers of various kinds that prevent children from disadvantaged social origins from experiencing intergenerational social mobility, not least from normative considerations of equality of opportunities and fairness but also in terms of their chances to enjoy long and healthy lives.


Application requirements

Those interested in participating in the competition are invited to submit the following documents in English:

a. Cover letter;

b. Curriculum Vitae (CV) containing a list of publications, presentations at conferences and other scientific achievements;

c. Two pieces of published work.


Post-doctoral scholar is to perform the following tasks:

-- Prepare comparative and longitudinal data-sets (e.g. ESS, SHARE, ISSP, POLPAN, SOEP, BHSP) for empirical analysis;

-- Conduct quantitative analyses in the STATA software using a variety of advanced statistical techniques such as event history analysis, multilevel analysis and various treatment estimators;

-- Work on developing Stata application for understanding longitudinal consequences of intergenerational social mobility;

-- Prepare internal research reports and presentation of research results at national and international conferences;

-- Participate in meetings of the research team;

-- In cooperation with other team members, prepare scientific articles for publication in high-score scientific journals in the field of social sciences and public health.

Selection process

The complete application must be received via email to konkurs@ifispan.waw.pl by December, 9, 2019.


The competition will run in two stages. In the first stage, the Contest Commission will pre-evaluate the candidates on the basis of the submitted documents. The highest rated candidates will be invited to an interview (December, 13, 2019), which is the second stage of the competition.

Additional comments

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Wymagane doświadczenie badawcze

    4 - 10

Wymagania oferty

    Sociology: PhD or equivalent
    Political sciences: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


Has demonstrated ability in advanced statistical analyses and managing large data-set.

Szczególne wymagania

Training in advanced statistics and in social science methods; advanced experience with STATA statistical software; experience in international scientific cooperation

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences
Nowy Świat 72

Numer oferty: 447822


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