We are a research institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. The Munich Center for Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy studies, evaluates, anticipates and accompanies the micro- and macroeconomic aspects of demographic change.
The Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy offers a full-time position (part-time possible) as a
Survey Methodologist (m/f/div)
in the SHARE project at the earliest possible date.
The position is limited until December 31st, 2022. A prolongation of the contract may be possible but is dependent on future funding. SHARE, the “Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe” is a large international social science panel study. The data combines extensive cross-national information on socioeconomic status, health and family relations of Europe’s elder population. We are seeking a highly motivated survey researcher with a keen interest to play an active role in developing and shaping the future of SHARE with respect to methodological innovations.
Your tasks will include:
Developing a conceptual framework to accompany and analyse the switch from pure face-to-face interviewing to a mix with other survey modes (mixed-mode design)
Developing guidelines for implementing a mixed-mode questionnaire design
Developing, improving and implementing procedures for flexible frequency interviewing
Coordination, process definition and documentation of methodological experiments to analyse the impact of mode effects in a mixed mode design
Conducting own (substantial and/or methodological) research with SHARE data, in particular regarding mode effects, survey non-response and interviewer effects
The ideal candidate would bring the following qualifications:
University degree in social sciences, demography, statistics, economics, public health, epidemiology, data science or a related field (with or without PhD, but pre-doc applicants should be willing to pursue a PhD in one of the methodological fields mentioned above)
Extensive knowledge of quantitative data analysis and statistical software, preferable Stata (or R, SPSS); good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Strong experience regarding survey methodological questions and in evaluating data quality issues (e.g. mode effects, non-response, panel care, machine learning)
Experience with large-scale (cross-national) surveys desirable
Self-organized and highly proactive working style, team player mentality
Strong proficiency in English, good knowledge of German desirable
Compensation will be in accordance with German TVöD (salary scale E 13 TVöD) and the relevant experience of the candidate. A generous benefits package complements this attractive job in an international, team-oriented research endeavour. SHARE is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from women and men, including disabled people, from all cultural backgrounds and ethnic origins.
Please submit a complete application in English quoting reference number 10-21 in one single PDF file (cover letter, CV, copies of degrees and certificates) by June 15th, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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