IOE Postdoctoral Research Fellow


IOE is UCL Faculty of Education and Society.

Founded in 1902, IOE has been shaping policy and helping government, organisations and individuals navigate a changing society for the last 120 years. We embrace collaboration and excellence to create a future that is inclusive and just, and have been ranked number one for education every year since 2014 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) is a thriving multidisciplinary department at the UCL Institute of Education. It encompasses: (i) the domain areas of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Education; (ii) the fields of Comparative, International development, Further, Higher and Lifelong Education; and a number of research centres.

About the role

We are looking for a quantitative social scientist with experience of longitudinal data analysis and an interest in place-based inequality and area effects. The postholder will be part of a mixed method research team and will play a pivotal role in the Coastal Youth Life Chances project.

The central aim of this project is to examine whether growing up in coastal towns can impact young people’s life chances; that is, their likelihood of having good outcomes in adulthood in terms of education, work, housing, and health and wellbeing. The findings will help to understand the role of place (and place-based inequalities) in shaping life chances and to identify possible policy remedies to alleviate the negative impact(s). The study will draw on theories from sociology of youth, place-based inequalities, and life course research to increase our understanding of youth life chances.

This post is initially funded from 3 January 2024 until 30 August 2025.

For further information on this post, please contact Dr Avril Keating; email:

Please note previous applicants need not apply.

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About you

You will have a PhD degree or near to completion in a quantitative social science or equivalent research experience, and evidence of scholarship in quantitative social science, with a record of peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate will also have excellent research skills in a range of advanced quantitative methods (particularly longitudinal analysis using cohort studies, and preferably using birth cohort studies).

Your application form should address all the person specification points and should clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience meet each of the criteria.

It is important that the criteria are clearly numbered and that you provide a response to each one.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

• 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
• Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme
• Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
• Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
• Immigration loan
• Relocation scheme for certain posts
• On-Site nursery
• On-site gym
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
• Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
• Discounted medical insurance

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These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

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Date de candidature
20 months
Humanités : Anthropologie & Ethnologie, Histoire, Philosophie, théologie et religion
Sciences sociales : Sciences de l'éducation, Sociologie