Researcher for the health and care unit (in Austria)

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, a UN-affiliated intergovernmental research centre located in Vienna, has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a range of issues on long-term care and health focusing both on Austria and on international comparative perspectives. These issues include inequalities in health and care, particularly from a gender and socio-economic perspective; and integrated care for older people. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the websites of projects FutureGEN ( and InCARE ( as examples of projects and areas on which the prospective candidate would be carrying out their work.




Location: Vienna, Austria

Starting date: Earliest possible date on the 1st quarter of 2022 for an initial duration of 1 year with the possibility of prolongation to open-ended contract (conditional on performance).

Closing date: 18th October 2021

Interview dates: 22nd to 26th of November. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or online depending on travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Main responsibilities

  • In-depth comparative research on long-term care and health, including policy analysis on inequalities in health and care and integrated care.

  • Carry out quantitative OR/AND qualitative research on, for example, health outcomes, determinants of health, informal care and quality of care provided.

  • Contribute to project acquisition including identifying appropriate funding opportunities and designing and drafting of research proposals.

  • Contribute to the coordination, management of and communication with national and international networks of researchers and teams of experts.

  • Contribute to the publication of research findings, namely in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and dissemination of findings to policy-makers through high-quality policy reports and briefs.


Candidate profile

  • PhD or an equivalent degree in Economics, Sociology, Ageing Research, Social Policy, or related disciplines. The doctorate shall have been obtained no longer than four years before the starting date of the employment. Experience in applied research would be an asset.

  • Proven expertise or track record of publications (e.g. peer-reviewed articles) on inequalities in health and care AND/OR integrated care for older people. Knowledge of long-term care and/or health systems and policy in Europe. Capacity to translate research findings to policy audiences would be an asset.

  • Excellent methodological skills in either qualitative (such as content analysis, participatory research, case study or others) OR quantitative research methods (such as sequential analysis, multi-level models, decomposition analysis or others) OR both.

  • Team spirit and ability to work in a multicultural work environment on a range of interdisciplinary research projects in the areas described above. Flexibility and ability to work autonomous and meeting tight deadlines.

  • Fluent English speaker (oral and written), knowledge of other European languages, namely German, would be an asset.

  • Experience of applied research in the relevant fields with a proven record of carrying out own research projects. Experience in acquisition and project management would be an asset.

The European Centre offers flexible working hours and home office arrangements and an attractive remuneration scheme, ample possibilities for supported professional and academic development, independence and autonomy at work. The European Centre is an equal opportunity employer. The annual gross payment offered is EUR 47,000 (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: Please send your application containing a letter of motivation in English, a CV (including a list of publications indicating the three most relevant for the position and information on projects) and two samples of publications to Judith Schreiber: (