Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Position 2018, Santiago de Chile

The Millennium Center for the Study of the Life Course and Vulnerability (MLIV) is an interdisciplinary research center publicly funded by the Millennium Scientific Initiative by the Ministry of Economy of Chile (MINECON) based in Santiago de Chile. The MLIV brings together sociologists, economists, demographers, and physicians from several Chilean universities and research institutions, supported by an international network of research institutions and specialists on life course analysis.

The aim of MLIV project is to conduct advanced research on how the cumulative effects of the past are reflected in today’s individual unequal living conditions and well-being. The focus of MLIV’s work is on identifying how key life events and transitions over the life course affect the individual’s accumulation of socioeconomic advantages and disadvantages in life domains as education, labor market and retirement, health and well-being, and family/demographic dynamics. Our research will make use of longitudinal and comparative data sources to determine the mid- and long-term impact of accumulated advantages/disadvantages on subsequent life statuses. Another important aim of the MLIV center is to assess public policies in the domains mentioned above.

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow in MLIV for a period of 2 years with the possibility of renewal for a third year.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Carrying out independent research within the project
  • Close cooperation with all project participants
  • Contribution to the theoretical and empirical development of the project
  • Generating scientific publications, which must be affiliated with MLIV
  • Participation in joint publications
  • Support of coordination tasks with the project partners


  • Ph.D. degree in social sciences or a relevant field in the area (such as sociology, economics, demography, social epidemiology, among others). The degree must have been obtained during the last 3 years or expected to be obtained (submitted) by the end of 2018.
  • Knowledge or interest in research methods in life course analysis (for instance, quantitative analysis of longitudinal data, qualitative expertise in life course analysis, social networks, etc.)
  • Interest in and knowledge of research on life course dynamics in, at least, one of the following domains: education, labor market and retirement, or health and well-being, or family/demographic dynamics
  • Articles in recognized peer-review journals, either published or, in case of a very recently completed Ph.D.(or close to completion) submitted
  • Excellent English and/or Spanish writing and communication skills

Opening position

  • MLIV offers a 2-year postdoctoral position with the possibility of extension to a third year, subject to satisfactory performance
  • Starting in March, 2019 or by arrangement
  • The position will be attached to the Institute of Sociology/School of Government at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (,
  • The payment will be made through a monthly payment (with a 10% tax holding) for an amount of $1,800,000 Chilean pesos (approximately US $30,000 per year depending on the exchange rate).

Application procedure
Applications including a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, and one publication (i.e, one published or submitted journal article, one dissertation chapter) and two letters of recommendation should be sent electronically in pdf-format to Andrea Canales ( by October 30 th , 2018. Job interviews will take place during November, 2018. Candidates could be invited for an interview (via Skype if necessary). For additional information, please contact Andrea Canales (

Application Deadline