The LIFETRACK project is a comparative project on the lifelong effects of tracking in education. It is funded under the Norface collaborative partnership of some European national research agencies and involves scholars from Germany, France, Great Britain, Finland and Denmark.

The French team based at the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC) of Sciences Po intends to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to the analyses and publications concerning the lifelong effects of educational tracking in France and in Italy.

The post-doctoral fellowship will be in charge of analysing the data concerning tracking, educational and occupational careers in France and Italy, with a particular focus on the Italian case. The main activities involve literature reviews, data cleaning and harmonisation, statistical modelling, presenting the results at project meetings and international conferences, contributing to the project publications.    

Eligibility: candidates should have completed or be close to completing, a doctorate in Sociology, Statistics or Economics. A background in quantitative methods and in social stratification research is demanded. Publications in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with the candidate’s career level, as well as experience with projects concerning educational inequalities, count as additional selection criteria.

The position is a full-time post available for two years, starting with January 1st, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The fellow will be affiliated to the OSC.

The application package should consist of :

  1. a covering letter, explaining how you meet the selection criteria and presenting your ideas concerning the topic of the project
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. the names and e-mail addresses of at least two academic referees to whom we may write to request references in support of your application
  4. two samples of your written work (for example, research papers/articles or thesis chapters) 
  5. a copy of your ID

Recruitment procedure: the application packages s should be sent via e-mail as .pdf attachments to and to

The deadline for receipt of application packages is 30 November 2017. A short-list of candidates will be invited for a Skype interview. Any requests for further information about these posts or any queries should be addressed to  

Observatoire Sociologique du Changement – UMR 7049
27, rue Saint-Guillaume -75337 Paris cedex 07
T. (33)1 45 49 54 50 –

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