Research Associate Vacancy at UC3M

Research Associate (7 ½ months), at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

We seek applications for a research associate position to provide support for the research activities headed by Professor Jonas Radl (Department of Social Sciences). Recently, his work has been centered in the EFFORT and PERSIST projects. Rooted in the social stratification tradition within quantitative sociology, Jonas Radl’s research often embraces an interdisciplinary perspective, including intersections with applied economics, demography, educational psychology, and gerontology. The research associate will be invited to participate in the academic life of the Department of Social Sciences and the Institute Carlos III Juan March, located on the UC3M Getafe campus.

Job characteristics

  • Working time: 25 hours per week
  • Salary: 1,600 EUR (gross monthly wage)
  • Duration: 1 September 2024 – 15 April 2025


  • Data cleaning and processing, data analysis and visualization
  • Assistance in the preparation of manuscripts to be published in international scientific journals
  • Assistance in the writing of grant proposals
  • Support of further academic activities, such as organizing workshops and writing reports


  • a Master degree in sociology or another relevant social science
    (to be completed before September 2024)
  • excellent academic record
  • advanced statistical training, analytical skills and experience with data analysis
  • fluency in written and spoken English (C1 level)
  • good academic writing skills
  • fluency in Spanish is desirable but not essential

 Application materials

  • a letter of motivation.
  • a detailed CV, including academic record.
  • a written work sample, e.g. the master thesis.
  • names and contact details of two referees.

Applications should be sent to Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

Deadline: May 31st, 2024.

Appointed as WZB Visiting Research Professor

I am very pleased to remain affiliated to WZB Berlin Social Science Center. After completing the EFFORT project and the end of the related research group, the WZB Academic Council unanimously approved the proposal to appoint me as Visiting Research Professor for the next 3 years. The professorship will keep carrying the name “Effort and Social Inequality” as its primary purpose is to complete the research agenda started with the ERC project. I am thrilled to continue being part of this amazing academic community.

2nd Annual Workshop, UC3M Research Group “Social Structure and Population”

Looking forward to the 2nd Annual Workshop of the Research Group “Social Structure and Population” at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid this Friday, 12th of January 2024. A great opportunity to engage with colleagues and start the year on the Getafe Campus together! Here is the program including 10 short presentations on diverse topics surrounding inequality and population:

2nd Research Group Workshop. Program (January 2024)

This internal event is intended to provide an occasion for interdisciplinary and cross-department networking as well as the presentation of research in progress. Last year’s inaugural meeting featured a series of 18 lightning talks:

1st Research Group Workshop. Program (January 2023)


ERC Recognition Event

I was very pleased to participate at the first Spanish ERC Recognition Event,  organized by the Ministry of Science and Innovation on the evening of the 16th of November  2023 at the Escuela Técnica Superior Ingenieros Industriales of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

It was a very nice social event with cocktail for  ERC Principal Investigators, blessed with the presence of ERC President Maria Leptin and Secretary General of Research Raquel Yotti from the Spanish Ministry of Science.

[left to right: Estefanía Muñoz (FECYT), Verónica Llores-Rico (CIPF), María Leptin (ERC President), Raquel Yotti (Secretaria General de Investigación), Jonas Radl (UC3M)]

I was honoured to be asked to say a few words about my experience as an ERC grant holder and the significance of the program for European science. It was a truly special occasion to be surrounded by so many bright minds. Thank you to the organizers at the Ministry and FECYT.

Best Poster Award at LIVES Conference 2023

I am thrilled that our new paper entitled “The impact of parental health shocks on well-being and development in early adulthood: Evidence from Germany” has won the LIVES Best Poster Award. This work is a collaboration with my WZB colleagues Alessandro Ferrara and Jan Paul Heisig. Alessandro presented the poster at the conference that took place in Lausanne on November 9-10, 2023. The award is a nice recognition of his great performance. Here you can have a glance at the poster itself. Many thanks to the conference organizers Daniel Oesch and Clémentine Rossier!