Vacancy at VID: 2 phd student positions (F/M/X)

The Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s leading non-university research and science institution, is offering two part-time (30h per week) PHD student positions to join the Research Group on Health and Longevity, headed by Marc Luy, for an initial period of 2 years, starting as early as possible.

The research group investigates trends and differentials in morbidity and mortality. In particular, we want to better understand the causal mechanisms that enable some people to live longer and healthier than others. Our analyses are based on different data sources including aggregated data, survey data and self-collected data. Another focus is on methodological developments for the estimation of life expectancy and health expectancy, especially for populations and subpopulations with incomplete or missing data.

Your tasks:
The successful candidates will carry out research for their dissertation project and thus make a visible
contribution to the research output of the institute. They will contribute to studies and projects of the research group and to publications in high-ranking refereed journals. They will also present their works and results internationally at conferences. In all these contexts, the PhD students will be actively supported by their supervisors and the institute management.

Your profile:
• A Master in Demography, Social Sciences, Statistics or other relevant fields
• Strong statistical and analytical skills
• Excellent programming skills in Excel, SPSS and/or R
• Hands on experience in quantitative research in population studies
• Excellent English professional writing
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a collaborative work environment

We offer:
• Interesting field of activity in a dynamic environment
• Flexible time arrangement
• Central downtown location
• Possibility to work independently
• Opportunity to attend a doctoral program at the University of Vienna

The annual gross salary starts with a minimum of € 37.773,33, according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Please send your application including a detailed CV, a letter of motivation and a copy of your Master’s thesis via e-mail to barbara.simunics(at) (mentioning Job ID: VID161DOC123/VID165DOC123) until February 29th, 2024. The positions will remain open until filled. Job interviews will take place either physically or via video call.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. Individuals from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.