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Post doc in labour market sociology working in UK

At The Department of Sociology and Social Work, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aalborg University, a position as postdoc in labour market sociology within a project on migrant workers’ collectivism in UK is available from December 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. There may be some flexibility in terms of starting date. The position is available for a period of 14 months.

Job description

The postdoc position is part of the project “The formation of worker collectivism among migrant workers in Denmark, Germany and the UK”, led by Bjarke Refslund and funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark.

The project collects comparative data in three countries, Denmark, UK, and Germany on how migrant workers may develop collectivist perceptions, norms and labour market strategies to improve their working life. Moreover, the project investigates what barriers and preconditions may influence this, for instance the migrant workers’ network and their everyday practices. The postdoc will be responsible for the empirical data collection in UK. The data will mainly be collected through interviews (including vignettes) and ethnographical presence in the relevant contexts.

More information on the project can be found on the project homepage: or by contacting the principal investigator (Bjarke Refslund).

Candidates with proven experience in industrial relations and labour market studies, in particular within sociology will be prioritised, as will previous experience with conducting qualitative research among labour migrants. Moreover, strong qualifications in qualitive research methodologies are highly prioritised preferably with experience with ethnographic methods, field work among migrant workers or related approaches. The candidate is expected to work independently, but in close dialogue with the PI.

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment.

Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University. Appointment at Postdoc level cannot exceed a period of eight years in total in Denmark.

Only applicants that have received their PhD degree within the last four years from the deadline for applications (October 1st  2022) can be appointed according to IRFD rules.

The application for the position must contain the following:

  • A max two pages motivated application presenting reflections on the project, the data collection and the potential contribution of the applicant, including potential challenges and how they can be mitigated.
  • Your CV 
  • A complete publication list and markings of the attached publications to be taken into consideration in connection with the assessment. No more than five publications may be attached.
  • In case you attach joint publications, a co-author statement must be enclosed specifying your contribution to the joint work. The co-author statement must be signed by at least one of the co-authors. Template co-author declaration.
  • Copies of your degree certificates (including Master’s and PhD certificates).

Applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. Applicants may be invited to an interview.

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 terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered for the position.

Any enquiries about the position may be addressed to Head of Department Trond Beldo Klausen (email: / phone: +45 99402602).

Any enquiries relating to the application procedure should be addressed to Human Resources on email

Your application including attachments must be sent electronically by clicking the “Apply online” link below. The application must be written in English.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics. Basic Salary will monthly, depending on seniority, be between 4970-5900 euro (which include pension). The hired candidate will be working in UK, but will be employed by Aalborg University. The candidate is expected to work mainly from home, but there is a project collaboration with the Work and Equalities Institute at The University of Manchester, and some of the work may be undertaken from there. This will be up for negotiation.

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