I’m looking for 2 part-time research assistants to join my team this summer

iWork: Investigating the Future of Work and Organizing in the Digital Platform Economy

2 Casual Research Assistants needed for qualitative data analysis

Dr. Greetje (Gretta) Corporaal, Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Saïd Business School (formerly at OII), is looking for 2 short-term casual postgraduate Research Assistants (12 weeks; grade 6) to assist in her research Project iWork: Investigating the Future of Work and Organizing in the Digital Platform Economy. The work mainly comprises the coding of qualitative data using NVivo and providing some light administrative support. The work can be executed mostly remotely with a starting date in June/early July. Note that this engagement is subject to the successful candidate passing relevant ‘right to work’ checks, which can be done remotely.

Digital technologies are implicated in profound changes in the nature of work. One realm of high-skilled knowledge work, historically conducted by full-time professionals in the office, is increasingly mediated by so-called ‘online labour platforms’ and executed by remote contractors. This project extends prior research by Dr. Corporaal and colleagues in the Oxford iLabour Project and has been featured in Fortune and Forbes Magazine. She is working on two follow-up studies on the technology companies that operate online labour platforms and their efforts to orchestrate work transformation in the digital economy.

The RAs will be embedded in a state-of-the-art research project that is well underway with opportunities for skills development and developing a professional network. The RAs will work closely with the PI and her team to each conduct a concise and manageable data analysis task. The RAs will learn how to design a high impact research project with industry partners, including Silicon Valley-based technology firms, and how to conduct rigorous qualitative data analysis. Embedding in the Platform Economy Interest Group provides further opportunities for networking and future collaborations.

There is some flexibility around work hours, with the understanding that one RA will work an two days a week on average (211 hours total) and the other RA will work an average of 3 days a week (320 hours total). Main responsibilities include data management, analysing qualitative data from a variety of sources following a framework provided by the PI, and writing up the findings in a research report. Other responsibilities include managing own research and administrative activities within guidelines provided by the PI and contributing to discussions and sharing research findings with colleagues in the research team.

The successful applicant will be a DPhil, graduate, or (late-stage) undergraduate student in the Social Sciences with strong skills in qualitative data analysis using NVivo. Some knowledge about online labour platforms and experience working in a research team is preferred.

To apply, please email your CV and short supporting statement explaining 1) your interest in the position, 2) your experience with qualitative data analysis, and 3) your availability for the period June-Sept as one PDF document to gretta.corporaal@sbs.ox.ac.uk. The application deadline is June 11th 2021.


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