The Swedish Institute for Social Research, SOFI, is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. The institute is an internationally leading research institute in the field of social policy, welfare, inequality, and labour markets and has about 100 employees.

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Project description

The postdoctoral position is tied to the research groups Level of Living (LNU) and Social Policy (SOCPOL). The Socpol group conducts research on the impact of social policies both at an individual and societal level, often in an internationally comparative perspective. The LNU group carries out research on welfare development and socal stratification regarding inter alia working life, family life, education, economic resources and health. The research is conducted in both a macro and micro level perspective, mainly on the basis of quantitative data. The macro analyses concern e.g. different explanations of social policy development while the micro analyses concern living conditions of individuals both in the shorter and longer run. The institute hosts a number of databases such as the Swedish Level of Living Surveys (LNU) and the Social Policy Indicators Database (SPIN). In addition, the institute’s researchers have access to a wide variety of population register data as well as several international surveys and other large-scale databases.

Main responsibilities

The postdoctoral researcher will share her/his time between the two research groups (LNU and SOCPOL) and spend one year in each unit. The postdoctor is expected to work individually as well as together with others in projects linked to the topical foci at the institute. The applicant’s research plan for the postdoctoral period will be important in this context.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assesment criteria

The degree in sociology or a related discipline must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

The following assessment criteria will be used:

  • The quality of earlier research and qualifications;
  • The quality of the research plan;
  • The degree to which the applicant’s research plan and previous research coincides with research conducted at the institute, in particular the extent to which it encompasses research of relevance for both the two research groups;
  • Skills and experiences of relevance for analyses of quantitative data;
  • Ability to cooperate;
  • The applicant should be fluent in both written and spoken English.

About the post

The position involves full-time employment for two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2024-12-01 or as per agreement.

We offer

With us, you will experience the dynamic interaction between higher education and research that makes Stockholm University an exciting and creative environment. You will work in an international environment and get favourable conditions. The university is located in the National City Park with good transport links to the city.

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 Professor Michael Tåhlin, phone: +46 8 16 31 81, or Professor Tomas Korpi, phone: +46 8 16 31 49, .


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. Attach a personal letter and CV as well as the attachments requested in the application form. 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.

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

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Salary Individual salary setting
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number SU FV-2233-24
Union representative
  • ST/OFR,
  • Saco-S,
  • Seko,
Published 20.Jun.2024
Last application date 31.Aug.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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