iWork: Investigating the Future of Work and Organizing in the Digital Platform Economy
Casual Research Assistant needed for desktop research and literature review
Application deadline: June 15th, 2020 | advert: 20200514_Corporaal_casual RA position_final
Dr. Greetje (Gretta) Corporaal, Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Saïd Business School (formerly at OII), is looking for a short-term casual postgraduate Research Assistant (12 weeks; grade 6) to conduct desktop research and undertake a literature review for her research Project iWork: Investigating the Future of Work and Organizing in the Digital Platform Economy. This is a position that can be executed remotely with a somewhat flexible starting date.
Digital technologies are implicated in profound changes in the nature of work. One realm of knowledge work, historically conducted by full-time professionals in the office, is increasingly technology-mediated and executed by remote contractors. This project extends prior research by Dr. Corporaal and colleagues in the Oxford iLabour Projectand has been featured in Fortune and Forbes Magazine. She is working on a follow-up study on why firms start to use online labour platforms to engage remote contractors in the workplace and the organizational implications of adopting platform-mediated employment models.
The RA will be embedded in a state-of-the-art research project that is well underway with opportunities for skills development, developing a professional network, and research outputs. The RA will work closely with the PI and be embedded in the Platform Economy Interest Group, providing further opportunities for networking and future collaborations.
There is some flexibility around work hours, with the understanding that the RA will work an approximate average of two days a week, to a total of 210 hours initially. The RA’s main responsibilities are conducting desktop research, undertaking a comprehensive literature review, and writing up the results for publication in peer-reviewed journals or presentation at academic conferences or seminars. Other responsibilities include managing own research and administrative activities within guidelines provided by PI, occasional fact-finding by contacting and interviewing experts, contributing to discussions and sharing research findings with colleagues in research team, and contributing to research publications and disseminating findings in the media.
The successful applicant will be a DPhil or graduate student in the Social Sciences with experience in conducting literature reviews and writing up research papers. Some knowledge about online labour platforms and an interest in digital technology and the changing nature of work is preferred. Note that this engagement is subject to the successful candidate passing relevant ‘right to work’ checks, which can be done remotely.
To apply, please email your CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and highlighting your relevant experience, skillsets and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is June 15th 2020.