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At the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Work a PhD scholarship network analysis and ethnic integration, is open for appointment on 1. of September or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

The PhD project constitutes a part of a larger interdisciplinary Nordic research project on the Network Dynamics of Ethnic Integration. Bringing together a team of scholars and research centers in sociology and demography with computational and network scientists at four different research centers in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, this larger project combines network-scientific methods and high-resolution full-population register data to study ethnic relations and integration in three societal domains: family formation patterns, labor market discrimination, and residential segregation. Expanding the conventional focus on native-immigrant relations in integration research, this research project places an emphasis on the complete complex networks of relations within and between groups with different ethnic backgrounds.

The project is mainly based on the utilization of network models to better understand local ethnic integration, social mobility, and diversified local social cohesion. The project involves using a wide range of newer methodologies to encompass geographical networks, social networks, and family ties. Furthermore, the project requires competencies in text analysis as natural language processing as well as an interest in combining analysis of, for example, local policy documents and measurable phenomena in register data.

A short introduction to the overarching project can be found here:

The position will be affiliated to SOCMAP ( as a part of a cross-disciplinary research team at Department of Sociology and Social Work, Faculty of Social Science. SOCMAP will in collaboration with Linköping University and Alto University ensure supervision, transdisciplinary collaboration, academic development, and international collaboration during the Ph.D.-period.

Qualification requirements

The PhD scholarship has a duration of three years. Applicants to the PhD scholarship must hold a degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. Applicants enrolled at a Danish Master programme who expect to graduate before the date of appointment must forward statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, a copy of thesis contract and documentation for the date of their final exam.

The completion of the scholarship will be in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities No 1039 of 27 August 2013 (the PhD Order), and it is a prerequisite for allocation of a scholarship that enrolment as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences takes place. According to the PhD Order, the PhD study comprises among other requirements: Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, mainly foreign, research institutions, private research enterprises etc.

Please find information on admission requirements for PhD positions on the website of the Doctoral School.
Applicants must hold a relevant Master degree and demonstrate:

  • Knowledge about Data Science in combination with Sociology
  • Qualifications in terms of conducting data science and utilizing methodologies suited for big data sets and algorithmic thinking.
  • Academic and/or practical experience in working with large datasets, network analysis, web-data and the combination of multiple different datatypes
  • Ability to work both as an independent researcher and in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary research environment as well as external partners in science
  • Commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and ability to conduct and advance research that combines data science and social science for the purpose of generating new knowledge for ethnic integration
Application requirements 
  • Letter of motivation
  • Application form
  • project proposal (approx. 5 pages) containing the research project title, an outline of the course of study and a description of the overall problem areas
  • information on which language the PhD thesis is expected to be written in
  • curriculum vitae
  • diplomas confirming academic degrees (Master degree), including academic transcripts
  • Applicants WHO are planning to complete a doctoral thesis in English and who do not have English as a first language or WHO have not completed an English language-based Master's programme (or an equivalent educational achievement in English) shall provide documentation that they have passed one of the following official tests with the respective minimum score: IELTS (band score):7 TOEFL (paper-based): 600, TOEFL (internet-based): 100. 
  • Co-author statement. If publications that have been written in cooperation with others are submitted, a declaration from each of the authors must be enclosed. The declaration must state the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the total work and be signed by the authors.
  • Application for credit transfer if relevant.

The complete application including attachments shall be sent electronically by selecting the "apply online" function on AAU’s job-portal (not other online job portals that may have reposted the position).
Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.


The assessment of the applicants will be undertaken by an expert assessment committee.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications, the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been finalized, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered.

The Faculty draws your attention to the fact that the applicant's project description may be tested for plagiarism in the IT system iThenticate.

You may obtain further information regarding the academic contents of the position from Head of Department, contact Trond Beldo Klausen Phone: 9940 2602.

For information about SOCMAP contact Anja Jørgensen

If you have questions regarding the procedure of applying for the position, please contact Mette Bjerring,

Workplace: Aalborg University - Aalborg

Application deadline: 25 June 2021


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 26 June 2019, on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities. AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

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