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Post Doctoral Researcher
Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
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Date Posted March 23, 2020
Postdoctoral-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Institute for Population Research, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

The postdoctoral researcher will join the project team of a BMGF-funded project entitled “Demand for Modern Contraception in sub-Saharan Africa: New Methods, New Evidence”. The project consists of two major components: (i) Statistical analysis of existing national demographic survey data on fertility desires, unintended fertility, and related; (ii) Collection of primary data (qualitative interviews) on fertility desires (and related) in multiple sites in Sub-Saharan Africa via collaboration with institution(s) in the region. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to both facets of the project. Of greater importance will be the postdoctoral researcher’s contribution to the second component: the postdoctoral researcher will work closely with investigators at Ohio State and collaborators in Africa on the design and conduct of the qualitative interviews, and in the subsequent analysis of the interview materials. In connection with this work on the second component, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to spend substantial time at the collaborating institution in Africa, on the order of two months over the course of this two-year appointment. As a member of the project team, there will be ample opportunity for collaboration on manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journal (likely 3-4 manuscripts during the two-year appointment).


Doctoral Degree in social sciences or public health, with specialization in demography.

Desired Qualifications

Familiarity with the demography of sub-Saharan Africa, and specifically previous research on reproductive attitudes and behaviors; on-the-ground experience in the region; technical competence in qualitative interviewing – design, fieldwork, analysis; competence in statistical computing environments, preferably Stata or R; familiarity with the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS); experience with data management tools desirable.

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