NetHealth postdoc recruiting: social networks and health inequalities

We’re hiring a postdoctoral fellow to join the NetHealth team at the University of Milan (Unimi) and the University of Milano-Bicocca (Bicocca) in Milano, Italy.

  • Apply via email: see instructions below
  • Application deadline: May 2, 2024 (23:59 CEST time). Candidates will meet online with the search committee on May 15, 2024.

The postdoc will join the NetHealth project, a study of social network inequalities and their impacts on health (more info here). The position will be based at the Unimi Department of Social and Political Sciences, where the postdoc will be part of the department’s Behave Lab.

The postdoc will collaborate with other team members in the following main task areas:

  1. Design of a survey on personal networks and health beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes.
  2. Pre-processing and analysis of survey and personal network data.
  3. Development of statistical and agent-based models to analyze social networks and the distribution of health beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes.

Important job information:

  • Location: Milano, Italy
  • Expected salary range: € 2,300-2,500/month (after tax)
  • Expected start date: June 1, 2024
  • Duration: 22 months
  • Relevant expertise areas: personal networks, social network analysis, network science, survey research, medical sociology, computational social science, R/Python
  • PhD in social sciences, statistics or related fields preferred but not required at start date

Application instructions

  • Apply via email by Thursday May 2, 2024 at 23:59 (CEST time).
  • Download and fill the following forms from the links below:
    1. Candidate info form (Italian only, see here for translation)
    2. Application form (Italian or English)
    3. CV template (Italian or English)
  • Email the following materials to
    • Candidate info form (1 above)
    • Application form (2 above)
    • CV: please attach both your existing CV as is, and your filled CV template (3 above)
    • Any pdf copy of publications you wish the search committee to see
    • Copy of your ID document (e.g., passport or Italian ID card)
  • Also email your CV template to
  • In both emails, the subject should be: “Domanda concorso Assegno di Ricerca Prof. Vacca Raffaele, code ID 6593”
  • All applicants will need to participate in an online meeting with the search committee on Wednesday May 15 at 15:00 (CEST time). Please note that participation in this meeting is required for your application to proceed; email us in advance if you are not available at that time and would like to schedule the meeting at a different day/time. A link for the meeting will be emailed to applicants a few days before.

Please contact Raffaele Vacca for any question about the position and application.

All information and forms for this postdoc application can also be found at the Unimi institutional webpage for the job search and the Unimi webpage for postdoc and research fellowship postings.

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