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The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, an UN-affiliated intergovernmental organization in Vienna, has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a range of issues on long-term care (mostly) and health in the context of ageing, with a focus both on Austria and on international comparative perspectives. These include inequalities (including social determinants of health and frailty, life-course and gender), care workforce, care regimes, active ageing or financing.


RESEARCHER FOR THE HEALTH AND CARE UNIT

Location: Vienna, Austria
Starting date: Earliest possible date on the 3rd quarter of 2019 for an initial duration of 1 year with the possibility of prolongation to open-ended contract (conditional on performance)
Closing date: 5th April 2019

What are my responsibilities?
• Carry out research and in-depth analysis of public policies in long-term care (mostly) and health from an Austrian AND international comparative perspective.
This includes areas such as inequalities (including social determinants of health and frailty, life-course and gender), care workforce, care regimes, active ageing or financing.
• Carry out research involving a mix of quantitative and qualitative research methods, for example:
– Carry out qualitative research (for example, focus groups, participatory research) on user/patient/informal carers experiences with care.
– Carry out advanced quantitative research (for example, event analysis, multi-level modeling) on large secondary datasets.
The successful candidate can expect to carry out research involving both methods on a regular basis, including on such projects such as FUTUREGEN (inequalities on health and care across cohort) and DET_CAREMIX (determinants of use of care in Slovenia and Austria).
• Contribute to project acquisition, including identifying appropriate funding opportunities and contributing to the designing and drafting of research proposals (in both English and German).
• Manage and communicate with national and international networks of researchers and policy makers.
• Organize meetings and disseminate findings at national and international events or through high quality peer-reviewed articles or reports. Special emphasis on the translation of research into policy.

What do I need to qualify for this job?

• PhD or a Master’s degree (in the latter case at least five years of additional work experience are required) in Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy or related social sciences (PhD would be an additional asset).
• Very good knowledge of and experience with mixed methods.
Otherwise very good knowledge of either quantitative methods (including proficiency in software such as STATA, R, SPSS) or qualitative methods AND interest and availability to expand the knowledge and work regularly with the other method.
• Good level of understanding of long-term care and/or health policies in the context of ageing in Austria AND/OR Europe, including such areas as inequalities (including social determinants of health and frailty, life-course and gender), care workforce, care regimes, active ageing or financing.
• Team spirit, initiative and reliability under tight deadlines and ability to work in a multicultural work environment.
• A track record of publications (peer-reviewed articles or/and policy-oriented papers and reports) will be considered.
• Good communication skills and fluency (oral and written) of German AND English language, working knowledge of other European languages would be an asset.

The European Centre offers flexible working hours and an attractive remuneration scheme, ample possibilities for supported professional development, interdisciplinary co-operation, independence and autonomy at work.
The European Centre is an equal opportunity employer. The annual gross payment offered is at least EUR 44,000 – (37.5 working hours), possibility of higher salary depending on qualifications and experience.

For further information on this vacancy, please contact: Ricardo Rodrigues (Tel. (+ 43 1) 319 45 05 35; e-mail: vacancyinfo@euro.centre.org).

Please send your application with CV and letter of motivation in English to Judith Schreiber (application_hc@euro.centre.org).