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Researcher (M/F) - Socio-Spatial Network and Healthy Ageing

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Français - Anglais

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General information

Reference : UMR8504-JULVAL-002
Date of publication : Thursday, September 05, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 December 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2695 - 3000 € per month
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


As part of the HANC project (Healthy Aging and Networks in Cities: the combined role of built environments and socio-spatial networks), the Géographie-cities laboratory is recruiting a post-doctoral fellow for a 12-month contract (beginning: December 1, 2019).

The HANC project aims to examine well-being and health status of older adults in relation to urban environments, mobility behaviours and social network.

The HANC project is funded by the ANR. It is coordinated by Cédric Sueur (Hubert Curien Pluridisciplinary Institute), Basile Chaix (Pierre Louis Institute of Public Health) and Julie Vallée (Geographie-Cities) with the participation of Yan Kestens (School of Public Health at the University of Montreal) and Philippe Gerber (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research- LISER).

The HANC project is based on a survey of 400 participants over the age of 60 residing in the Paris region. All participants are selected from the RECORD cohort followed by Institut Pierre Louis de Santé Publique.


The postdoctoral research will consist in:
- describing the social network of HANC participants from three points of view: relational (size of network; frequency of contacts etc.), structural (global connectivity, homogeneity, density, etc.) and spatial (dispersion/concentration of sociability places, distance from housing, etc.);
- analyzing the socio-spatial network of HANC participants in link with their socio-demographic profile and place of residence;
- discussing the effect of the HANC participants' socio-spatial network on their psychological and mental health.

The postdoctoral scholar can use data collected in the HANC survey:
- the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the participants and their state and health behaviours (informed by questionnaire);
- participants' regular activity locations and their perceived neighbourhood of residence (localized and described through an interactive spatial interface);
- the daily mobility of participants over 7 days (resulting from GPS tracks over 7 days and a travel diary);
- the socio-spatial network of the participants (provided on an interface with questions allow participants to specify the socio-demographic profile and the neighbourhood/community of residence of each member of their social network, to locate their places and specify the level of inter-knowledge of members of their social network).


Applicants must hold a PhD and have the following skills:
- Experience in GIS
- Experience of statistical software (preferably R)
- Knowledge of network analysis methods
- Good English practice (and French if possible)
- Autonomy and taste for interdisciplinary exchanges- Interest in interdisciplinary exchanges

Work Context

The postdoctoral research will be conducted at the Campus Condorcet located in Aubervilliers (Paris region) in the Geographie-cités laboratory (a research unit endorsed by French National Centre for Scientific Research - CNRS, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, University Paris 7 Paris Diderot and the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences - EHESS). It will participate in the cross-sectional team "Data and Protocols in Digital Humanities" of the laboratory.

The postdoctoral research will be supervised by Julie Vallée in close collaboration with Basile Chaix (Pierre Louis Institute of Public Health, Paris) and Cédric Sueur (Pluridisciplinary Institute Hubert Curien, Strasbourg).

Additional Information

Applications must be submitted online ( in French or in English before the 5th of October 2019. Applicants must send their CV, cover letter, an abstract of their doctoral research (and the articles that come from it), and indicate the names of two referents.

Applicants can contact Julie Vallée ( for details about the offer.

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