Postdoc with Science Background to Analyze Complex Network Trajectories


Copenhagen Business School invites applications for 1 Postdoc Position with a background in Computer Science, Network Science, Physics, Computational Social Science or related fields at the Department of Organization. Expected starting date is January 1 2021.

The Post Doc position is time-limited for 2 years and connected to the research activities of the three-year Carlsberg Foundation project “NetCareers – Careers through Complex Networks” led by Associate Professor Lasse Folke Henriksen. The post may be extended. The Post Doc will work on modeling complex life course trajectory networks of complete population cohorts in high income countries, focusing on career mobilities and stratification outcomes. Using large scale administrative data sets from high income countries, the project models the movement of people through institutions and organizations over the life and links these networked trajectories to outcomes such as status, wages, wealth and health. The NetCareers project assembles an inter-disciplinary team of researchers from the sciences and social sciences to develop new techniques for studying complex network trajectories and their outcomes. The team is embedded at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School, and the Postdoc will be working in collaboration with the team.

Read about the project here.

The Post Doc will be subject to a formal annual performance review. The position may include minor teaching activities in the context of the Department's teaching portfolio. If the position is extended with one year teaching obligations, the candidate will be offered an opportunity to qualify for CBS’ teacher certification.

Applicants must have completed a PhD either in Computer Science, Network Science, Physics, Computational Social Science or related fields science fields.

The following experience is required:

  • working with large scale relational data sets
  • advanced programming skills (preferably R, or python)
  • modeling complex systems networks and/or career trajectories (using e.g. logit regressions, survival analysis, probabilistic graphical models, sequence analysis, exponential random graph models, relational event models, ‘machine learning’ etc.)

Excellent academic record and work ethic required. Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills required. Enthusiasm for research required. The ideal candidate will be thinking of this position as a platform to build skills towards taking on a research professorship in the future. 

Willingness to move to and live in Denmark.

The Department of Organization (IOA) is an international department comprising 55 faculty members covering the areas of organization studies, organization theory, public management and governance, political economy, economic sociology, and science and technology studies. Our research and teaching address organizational and managerial processes and consequences in workplaces, organizations and networks. This includes studies of private companies, public organizations, professional societies as well as NGOs. More specifically, we investigate and discuss issues such as organization of innovation, change and reform processes, work and human resources, project management, institutional dynamics, market formation, social networks and power. The department contributes to the CBS doctoral school in Organization and Management Studies with 35 PhD students enrolled.

IOA teaches core courses in organizational theory and analysis at all levels of the CBS degree programs. We also deliver teaching in network analysis, international political economy, sociology, HRM, project management, change management, organizational psychology, leadership, qualitative methods and many other courses. Our teaching aims to combine theoretical curiosity, critical reflexivity, empirical specificity and practical relevance.

For further information about the research projects, please contact Associate Professor Lasse Folke Henriksen:

Information about the department is available at  

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization. A small personal research budget for travel and conference participation will be available. Information about CBS as a workplace is available at



Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.  Application must include:

  • Cover letter.
  • Proof of qualifications and a full CV.
  • Any relevant information indicating experience in teaching, research management, industry co-operation and international co-operation.
  • A complete, numbered list of publications (indicating titles, co-authors, page numbers and year) with an * marking of the academic productions to be considered during the review. A maximum of 10 publications for review are allowed. Applicants are requested to prioritize their publications in relation to the field of this job advertisement. Copies of the publications marked with an * should be included. Only publications written in English (or another specified principal language, according to research tradition) or one of the Scandinavian languages will be taken into consideration. 
  • It is possible but not required to include letters of recommendation


Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee will shortlist minimum two applicants; when possible five or more applicants will be shortlisted. The shortlisted applicants will be assessed by the Assessment Committee.

All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

The applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, each applicant will be notified of the outcome of his or her application.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.


Closing date September 15, 2020

Ansøgningsfrist: 15. september 2020.

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