Research Fellow (60-2-33 L1)

Faculty: Social Sciences

Deadline Date: Sunday, November 5, 2023
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Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate must possess a PhD from a recognized university, which should be in
Demography, Social Statistics or a closely related field.

Candidates should also possess:

  • Teaching experience in Social and Formal Demography and at least one (1) of the following areas:

             o Applied Social Statistics
             o Research methods

  • A good record of research and publications in reputable, peer-reviewed journals
  • Proficiency in Applied Social Statistics using at least two of the following: R, Python, MPlus, STATA, SAS
  • Demonstrated evidence of service delivery as a consultant providing official statistics and other related services to development-partners such as CARICOM, UNECLAC, IADB, CDB among others


Candidates with the following would have an advantage:

  • Graduate training in Applied Statistical Analysis with a focus on addressing problems that arise in socio-demographic realms
  • Experience undertaking formal research in at least three of the following areas:

            o Demographic theory and practice
            o The principles and practice of Formal Demography
            o Data collection and measurement in the context of demographic events and processes
            o The formulation and implementation of population and sustainable development policies
            o Monitoring and evaluation of socio-demographic interventions

  • Knowledge in the use of a range of software applications in Demography, for example, MORTPAK, DAPPS
  • Demonstrated capacity to undertake professional statistical activities to strengthen capabilities within the national statistical offices and wider national statistical systems


The following would be considered assets:

  • Graduate training in Sociology
  • Experience with regard to advising and providing training to public sector departments, non-government organizations, private sector entities, in at least three of the following:

            o The preparation of demographic estimates
            o The conduct of demographic surveys and population censuses
            o Population projections
            o Multi-regional demographic techniques
            o Survival analysis
            o Event history analysis

  • Familiarity with the collection, preparation, analysis and interpretation of Social and Demographic Statistics in at least three (3) of the following areas:

            o Education and literacy
            o Living standards measurement
            o Household expenditure surveys
            o Crime statistics
            o Gender statistics

  • Proficiency in areas such as official statistics, survey sampling design and estimation, and monitoring and evaluation


Special Responsibilities

  • Teaching at the graduate level
  • Engaging in scholarly research and publication
  • Participating in grant-funded research
  • Delivering departmental and university consultancy services, public service and university outreach


Personal Attributes

The Campus places high priority on individuals of integrity who can work well in a team and
student friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and
interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates
should also:

  • Possess enthusiasm for teaching and research
  • Demonstrate collaborative leadership
  • Have a student-centred and student-focused disposition
  • Be detail-oriented and self-motivated
  • Be open to interdisciplinary approaches
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Be able to work with government and industrial partners on applied research and development projects
  • Be able to interact and work well with staff, students and industry stakeholders
  • Demonstrate capacity to be fierce ally for official statistics in the CARICOM Region


Detailed application and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the Campus Registrar, c/o HR
Division (Appointments Section), Main Administration Building, The University of the West
Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. via e-mail:
Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated.
Application forms may be obtained at in the Faculty & Staff, Staff
Vacancies section. Further particulars including remuneration package may also be obtained at
the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to
ask their referees to send their signed references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY
to the Campus Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the
University. Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.


Deadline for receipt of applications: 2023 November 05