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University of Edinburgh: 1 Early Stage Researcher vacancy


Applications are invited for an Early Stage Researcher position funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “LONGPOP (Methodologies and Data mining techniques for the analysis of Big Data based on Longitudinal Population and Epidemiological Registers)” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. LONGPOP is a consortium of universities, research institutions and companies located in Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland. The successful applicant will join a network of 14 Early Stage Researchers who area already embedded in the consortium. This is a high-profile position that offers exceptional benefits ideally suited for top graduates.

Research Fields:

Geography, Geographical Information Systems, Demography, Population Studies, Epidemiology, Statistics, Sociology, Medicine, Psychology.

The available position:

ESR14-Edinburgh, UK: Do environmental factors influence cognitive development of children?

This position is co-located in the Centre for Research on Environment Society & Health and Longitudinal Studies Centre Scotland, School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. You will join a broad, dynamic research team with interests including population health, demography, and human geography. The work activities involved in the research will involve:

• Manage, manipulate and analyse longitudinal and health datasets.
• Manage, manipulate and integrate small area environmental datasets.
• Contribute to the collection of area level datasets.
• Contribute to/lead (as appropriate) the writing of academic publications and further research proposals in collaboration with the PIs.
• Dissemination of research findings through academic conferences, workshops, community events, web page development, and other outlets.
• Liaise with the immediate CRESH and LSCS teams, and the broader LONGPOP group (including other Early Stage Researchers)
• Liaise with key stakeholders including research funders, data custodians and media representatives.
• Represent CRESH, LSCS and LONGPOP at meetings with external research collaborators and other interested parties.
• Travel and collaborate with colleagues in Madrid, Lund, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Geneva, Leuven, Zaragoza, Sassari and Seville as appropriate.
• Participate in meetings and training activities on-site and abroad, such as workshops, summer schools; present work at events within the UK and abroad.

The University of Edinburgh reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Benefits and salary:

The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidate will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. In addition to her/his individual scientific project, the fellow will benefit from contributing to a large Horizon 2020 project with other 14 ESR, further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules and the active participation in workshops and conferences covered by the project.

The maximum duration of the contract will be until 31st of January 2020.

Applicants need to fully respect the three MSCA eligibility criteria:

  • Early-stage researchers are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have a PhD. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: the ESR is required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to UK) in order to participate in training and conduct research when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, the researcher must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • English language: ESR must demonstrate that her/his ability to understand and express herself/hiself in written and spoken English is sufficiently high for her/him to derive the full benefit from the network training and pursuing for the doctorate degree (in case).

Other essential criteria:

  • A Masters in Geography, Geographical Information Systems, Demography, Population Studies, Epidemiology, Statistics, Sociology, Medicine, Psychology or allied area.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills

More information on the position:

Prior to your application, please read the vacancy details at University of Edinburgh website here.


Both steps are mandatory:

1. Application at University of Edinburgh (external link). This step is compulsory for the acceptance of your application. Please apply following the rules of the University.

2. Application at LONGPOP website (internal link). This step is compulsory according to the project rules for transparency and data protection.

Candidates must submit electronically their CV (including academic credentials) and an application letter (maximum 2 pages). The application letter should detail: their interest on the research project(s) offered by LONGPOP; how their skills align with the position description(s); future career aspirations and public awareness; and two letters of reference. During registration, applicants will need to demonstrate their eligibility (according to three criteria; see below). A certified copy of their Master certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Portuguese, Spanish or French) must be provided.

Recruitment committee:

Diego Ramiro Fariñas (CSIC), Kees Mandemakers (IISH-KNAW), Martin Dribe (U.Lund). Jan Kok (Radboud University Nijmegen), Lucía Pozzi (U. Sassari), Jamie Pearce (U.Edinburgh), Koenraad Matthys (KU.Leuven), Matthias Kliegel (U. Geneve), José Víctor San Millán (TELNET SA), Paloma Lara Quesada (ESRI). Diego Ramiro will facilitate the whole procedure.

Informal queries

Prof. Jamie Pearce: jamie.pearce@ed.ac.uk

School of Geosciences

University of Edinburgh – UK

General queries:

Please write to: info@longpop-itn.eu

Or phone: +34916022403

General contact persons at CSIC

Dr. Diego Ramiro Fariñas (Coordinator of LONGPOP project)

Head of the Department of Population Studies

Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography

Center for Humanities and Social Sciences

Spanish Council for Scientific Research

C/ Albasanz 26



Email: diego.ramiro@cchs.csic.es

More information:

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