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Joint applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowship positions at SDU’s Historical Economics and Development Group (Odense, Denmark)

01-03-2023 10:06

The Department of Economics at the University of Southern Denmark is looking for excellent and highly motivated researchers to submit joint projects under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships action. If successful, the project will lead to a position at our university for two years as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. The MSCA PF supports projects that convincingly describe how the applicant’s career will develop by moving to another research group, and where the host environment likewise benefits equally from your knowledge/skills. We have been very successful in obtaining these grants in recent years.

The Work of the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG)
Accepted fellows will be working at the Department of Economics and the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG), which focuses on growth, development and economic history. The work carried out by the group can be described as quantitative, empirical work. The research of the group often focuses on evaluating the effect of an intervention on economic development, for example the impact of health improvements on long-term growth and assessing the impact of agricultural productivity on development.

We currently have a large ongoing project on the “Human Capital of the Nordic Countries” under Professors Greg Clark and Paul Sharp, where we are digitizing largescale individual-level data on education, career, travels, etc. from the 1700s until the Second World War. We are using machine learning techniques to digitize the data, we link it to historical censuses, and we consider a variety of applications such as educational and socioeconomic mobility, the impact of institutional reforms and return migration, and more. Applicants with an interest in this are especially welcome.

Eligibility for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship
Candidates can be of any nationality, must hold a PhD degree (achieved within at most the last 8 years), and must not have worked or lived in Denmark for the previous 36 months at the time of application.

Required working language: English.

The successful candidate(s) will have a strong international profile, a strong record of research publications, and have demonstrated exceptional potential to excel in scientific research. We offer a uniquely ambitious research environment, and we expect successful applicants to actively engage in the development of the research unit.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please forward your CV and a short, motivated application including: 1) your area of research; 2) how your proposal relates to HEDG’s work; 3) proposed supervisor; 4) what knowledge and/or skills you expect to develop through the fellowship with HEDG; and 5) how your research could contribute to HEDG.

Expressions of interest must be forwarded by 15th March 2023 to kdo[at] (Karla Douw, research support officer). Selected candidates are invited to participate in a Marie Curie PF masterclass at SDU in Odense on 8th May 2023. The MSCA Individual Fellowship deadline is 13th September 2023.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Paul Sharp, pauls[at]

For further information on the MSCA Individual Fellowship grant: Contact department fundraiser, Karla Douw at kdo[at]

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Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016