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Postdocs/Research Scientists in Digital and Computational Demography

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is recruiting 1-2 highly qualified Post-Docs, or more senior Research Scientists, to join the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography, headed by the MPIDR Director Emilio Zagheni.

The MPIDR is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. The Institute’s scientists advance fundamental research in areas related to fertility, mortality and migration, as well as study issues of policy relevance, such as demographic change, aging, health, the redistribution of work and transfers over the life course, as well as the digitization of life and the use of novel data sources for understanding demographic dynamics. The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, a network of 86 institutes that form Germany’s premier basic-research organization. Max Planck Institutes have an established record of world-class, foundational research in the sciences, technology, social sciences and the humanities. They offer a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.

The Lab of Digital and Computational Demography brings together methodologists (from areas like Statistics, Computer Science or Formal Demography) with experts in various areas of the Social Sciences in order to foster cross-pollination of ideas, to advance methods and theory, and to address pressing scientific and societal questions. 

For more information about the Lab and its current projects, see:

The successful candidate must have a PhD (or receive it soon) and is expected to have a profile along one of the following lines:
1)    A methodologist interested in advancing computational, statistical or mathematical methods with applications to population science.
2)    A social and behavioral scientist with strong expertise in at least one of the following substantive areas: migration and mobility; aging, mortality and demographic change; environmental demography; (digital) health; technological change and well-being.
3)    A computational social scientist interested in working on questions central to population research.

Across all profiles, ability and willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams in order to conduct cutting-edge research that advances our understanding of population processes is key.

Candidates who can enrich or complement projects in any research area of the Lab will be considered.

Examples of themes that we are interested in strengthening include (but are not limited to): 

  • The use of advanced statistical analysis, machine learning and causal inference for prediction and understanding of survival, indicators of aging and well-being, and demographic outcomes across countries; 
  • Assessment of the relationships between climate change, population dynamics and individual behaviors, including the impact of climate change on demographic and health indicators.
  • Assessment of the impact of technological transformations, including the digitalization of life, on social inequalities, demographic outcomes and well-being.

Applications have to be in English and submitted online via this portal and include the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of interest (Max 1 page)
    Briefly state why you are interested in joining the MPIDR, how the MPIDR could foster your professional development and career trajectory, and in which ways your interests fit the research strengths of the MPIDR.   
  3. Research Statement (Max 2 pages)
    Briefly describe your research accomplishments, as well as ongoing and future research plans. Please also describe your technical skills, areas of expertise, as well as the type of advanced training that you would like to receive as a research scientist.
  4. Names and contact information for 2 academic referees
  5. Two writing samples or publications

The position will be open until filled. In order to receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 16, 2022. The starting date is flexible, but no later than early 2023. The successful applicant(s) will be offered a 3-year contract with remuneration commensurate to experience (starting from currently approx. 57,241 EUR gross per year for researchers who have just completed their PhD, up to approx. 66,217 EUR gross per year for more senior scientists), based on the salary structure of the German public sector (Öffentlicher Dienst, TVöD Bund). They are expected to be in residence at the MPIDR. 

For inquiries about the positions, please contact

The MPIDR is an equal opportunities employer. Our work atmosphere includes respectful treatment of each other, with gender, nationality, religion, disability, age, cultural origin, and sexual identity playing no role. We aim to have an institutional culture that enables everyone to develop their individual skills and competencies. 

The Max Planck Society offers a broad range of measures to support the reconciliation of work and family. These are complemented by the MPIDR’s own initiatives. The Society has been awarded the certificate “Work and Family” which is granted to institutions committed to establishing a family-friendly corporate culture by binding target agreements. The MPIDR collaborates with a network of local day-care centers that provides childcare places for the children of Institute staff. The Max Planck Society has contracts with a private family service company that offers services such as arranging child care on short notice in various cities in Germany for parents who attend conferences, care services for children of school age up to 14 years, and support for those caring for family members and relatives. The MPIDR also practices flexible working-time models, which include at least one home office day per week, and scheduling meetings only within core working hours. To help accompanying spouses and partners find appropriate work at their new location, the MPIDR works in close cooperation with Dual-Career Partners in regional networks.

We value diversity and are keen to employ individuals from minorities and under-represented groups.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.



Information on data protection for applicants 

Contact data of the responsible institution 

Responsible in legal terms is the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG), 
Hofgartenstraße 8, 80539 München, phone: +49 89 2108-0, 

Contact data of the data protection officer 

The data protection officer of the responsible institution is Ms. Heidi Schuster, Hofgartenstraße 8, 
80539 München, phone: +49 89 2108-1554, e-mail: 

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We process your personal data for the purpose of your application for an employment relationship, an  
apprenticeship or a trainee relationship. As far as your personal data are required for the performance 
of the application procedure, the legal basis for saving the data is Art. 88 EU General Data Protection 
Regulation, GDPR, in conjunction with § 26 (1) Federal Data Protection Act, BDSG. In case you have given 
additionally your explicit consent for the processing of your personal data for specific, optional 
purposes, the legal basis for this is § 26 (2) BDSG as well as Art. 6 para. 1a GDPR. A given consent can be 
withdrawn at any time, Art. 7 GDPR. Should it be necessary for legal prosecution, after the end of the 
application procedure, to store your data for a longer period of time this will be done to protect our 
legitimate interests in asserting or defending claims based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. In addition, we 
check your required data against sanctions lists of the currently binding EU regulations. This is 
processing that is necessary for the fulfillment of a legal obligation (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c DSGVO). 

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contractual and legal obligations, such as the personnel department, the department management, 
the respective interest groups. It will not be passed on to third parties. 

Storage period 

In case of a successful application, we transfer your data into your personal file and into our personnel  
management system. In the event of rejection, your data will be deleted at the latest six months after 
the end of the application procedure. If you give your explicit consent to the inclusion of your data in 
our applicant pool, they will be deleted after two years. If costs were reimbursed to you in connection 
with the invitation to an interview, we are legally obliged to keep the necessary accounting data for 10 
years. Within the scope of checking against sanctions lists, the respective legal periods are observed. 

Rights of the person concerned 

In general, you have the right of access to your data, Art. 15 GDPR, the right to rectification of inaccurate 
personal data, Art. 16 GDPR, the right to erasure of the data if they have been processed unlawfully, 
Art. 17 GDPR, as well as the right to restriction of processing, Art. 18 GDPR, and data portability, Art. 20 
GDPR. A given consent can be withdrawn at any time, Art. 7 GDPR. Furthermore, you have the right of 
appeal to the supervisory authority. For the MPG this is the Bavarian regional data protection 
supervisory authority (Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht), Postfach 1349, 91504 Ansbach. 

In order to assert your rights, please contact:  

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Karolin Kubisch  
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 1, D-18057 Rostock, Germany