MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Social exclusion in older age: A Norwegian-Romanian comparison

Søknadsfrist: 31.01.2021


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MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Social exclusion in older age: A Norwegian-Romanian comparison

NOVA - Norwegian Social Research - Section Aging Research and Housing Studies

NOVA is one of the largest social science research institutes in Norway. The institute conducts research on different aspects of society and the welfare state, with a focus on the entire life cycle, from cradle to grave. The Section Research on Ageing focuses on the social-scientific analyses of different sides of being old and the elderly’s life situation and on the political consequences of an ageing population for the welfare state. Here the central topics are labour market, civil society and family – all equally basic prerequisites for active ageing and for maintaining a sustainable welfare state.

Call for Expression of Interest for a joint application under the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship funding programme

We hereby invite top-class researchers of any nationality, after having obtained a PhD degree and up to six years of research experience, for the Norwegian-Romanian study on multi-dimensional social exclusion in later life – health consequences for ageing populations (AMASE) to apply for an EU-funded Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF-2021) to conduct research at OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University at the Norwegian Social Research for a period of two years.

Area of research

Being socially connected is a universal need and a fundamental human right, but a considerable number of older people are socially excluded. Older people have an increased risk for social exclusion due to the accumulation of factors associated with age, such as poor health, loss of relatives and friends, and lower physical and social activities. Social exclusion is not only unwanted in its own right, but also because of the disruptive consequences for mental and physical health, leading to substantial social, economic and health expenditures for societies. Some people, such as older women and Roma, are especially vulnerable and have a doubled or even tripled (Roma) risk for social exclusion.

The candidates are invited to address questions related to the two aims of the project. The first aim is to enhance research-based knowledge on the multidimensional nature of old age social exclusion and its consequences for mental and physical health of older adults. The second aim is identifying social policy implications that take into account the national context and identifying strategies for creating conditions that minimize social exclusion of disadvantaged groups. Actions to minimize social exclusion are crucial in addressing the health needs of all, and the health needs of marginalized groups in particular.

Tasks and responsibilities

The candidates may want to address questions such as: What are the patterns of social exclusion in different European countries, in particular Norway and Romania? Who are the people at risk of social exclusion and what are the pathways to social exclusion? How do welfare state interventions interfere with the effect of distinguished risk factors on social exclusion and its health and wellbeing outcomes? How are different domains of social exclusion interrelated, and is this different across European counties? The quantitative data to answer the various questions come from different datasets, such as the Norwegian Life course Ageing and Generation study (NorLAG); the Study of Health and Retirement in Europe (SHARE); the European Social Survey (ESS) and the European Quality of Life Surveys (EQLS).

Successful candidates will be supervised by research professor Marja Aartsen. She has more than 20 years’ experience with research on social exclusion, social inequalities and developments in social functioning in the second half of life. She is interested in the statistical modelling of longitudinal associations between social functioning and other domains of functioning such as cognitive and mental functioning and physical health. For more information on Marja Aartsen, see her profile at ResearchGate and Marja Aartsen at Google Scholar.

The successful candidate will primarily work on the Marie Curie funded project, but will be integrated in the research group in general, taking part in regular meetings and discussion groups; also the candidate will specifically be introduced to Marja Aartsen’s national and international network of researchers on social exclusion. In agreement with the candidate, he/she may also be included in other ongoing social policy projects and/or in proposal development processes.

Expected qualification of candidates

Candidates must have a PhD in sociology, psychology or political science. We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use this period as an opportunity to further develop their research, and to develop longer term research collaborations with OsloMet and other institutions conducting research in the field. The candidates must be eligible for a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (PhD successfully defended and up to 6 years research experience).

We are looking for applicants who have

  • Knowledge of the social-psychological aspects of human ageing, in particular in the second half of life.
  • Experience in longitudinal data analysis and have strong skills in advanced statistical techniques
  • An excellent track record in research and publications, necessary for being able to develop a competitive Marie Curie Fellowship application
  • An open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work.

Application process

With this call for Expression of Interest, we invite postdoctoral researchers to apply; they must submit their CV, including publications list and a one-page description of the research project idea, that together with a virtual interview will be the basis for assessing and selecting two candidates with whom we will collaborate for developing competitive MSCA-PF grant applications.

If you would like to apply for the position you must do so electronically through our recruitment system.

Assessment and selection of candidates

Candidates will be pre-selected based on an internal evaluation and the availability of suitable supervision. A maximum of five candidates will be invited for a virtual interview and a maximum of two candidates will be invited to submit a proposal to the EU funded MSCA-PF programme. Candidates will be informed of the results of the pre-selection to apply by 25 March 2021. The deadline for submitting the MSCA-FP proposal is 15 September 2021.

Selected candidates will be invited and must participate in the MSCA-FP masterclass, a two-day online workshop organized by OsloMet on the first week of May 2021, exact date to be confirmed. In this first phase, the cooperation will be carried out remotely, with regular communication via email and online meeting platforms. If applicants are successful in their MSCA grant application, the place of work will be at the OsloMet main campus, Norwegian Social Research Institute, located in the center of Oslo.

The postdoctoral position

Successful applicants who obtain a MSCA-PF grant will be offered a position at OsloMet to be hired as postdoc researchers in conditions as explained below.

Starting Date

The EU informs the evaluation results on the MSCA-PF-2021 applications in February 2022. Successful applicants who receive the MSCA-PF grant are expected to be available to start in their postdoctoral position at OsloMet within the following two months of the evaluation results and no later than summer of 2022

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcome to apply.

We offer

Initially, we offer assistance in developing competitive Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals. Then, to successful applicants to the Marie Curie program, we offer:

  • An exciting opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • Participation in a dynamic professional environment and unique academic community
  • Flexible working conditions
  • An inclusive and friendly work environment
  • Unique academic network the possibility for the right candidate(s) to pursue his/her academic goals under the auspices of Research Professor Marja Aartsen
  • Beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • Free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners/spouses
  • Work-place in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers
  • On-boarding assistance and other services

OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code for researchers and been granted the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4) by the EU Commission and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers EURAXESS. Practical information about relocation to OsloMet to at EURAXESS Norway.

Remuneration and employment

The competitive fellowship opportunities are 100% funded and include living and mobility allowances.

  • Type of employment: Temporary position
  • Contract type: Full time
  • Annual Salary: Approx. EUR 60,000
  • Starting day of employment: Expected starting date 1 April 2022
  • Number of positions: 2
  • Working hours: 37.5 hours/week

Other information

For more information about the position, feel free to contact:    

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in English. Translations must be authorised. OsloMet performs document checks in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration and obliged the institution to follow the recommendations in this declaration.

Deadline for application:       January 31, 2021

Ref.:     20/12104

OsloMet er Charter & Code sertifisert av EU-kommisjonen med rettigheter til å bruke logoen HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) og medlem i nettverket EURAXESS som bidrar til gode arbeidsforhold for mobile forskere. OsloMet har sluttet seg til prinsippene og forpliktet institusjonen til å følge anbefalingene i DORA-erklæringen (The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment).

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