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We are hiring a Research Fellow to join our Secretariat team at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

Posted on 12.10.2022
We are hiring!

The primary aims of this position will be to:

  1. conduct research with platform workers and platform managers about job quality on digital labour platforms;
  2. use that research as part of action research strategies to leverage change in the gig economy;
  3. play a coordination role with some of the project’s international partners;
  4. collaborate on publications and research outputs to disseminate the evaluations of platforms against principles of fair work.

Your tasks and duties:

  • Conducting primary research and secondary comprehensive and comparative analysis of data collected in the Fairwork project,
  • Preparation of research publications, chapters, summaries, and reports,
  • Collaborating in the preparation and management of grant applications,
  • Coaching and monitoring the Fairwork research activities conducted by local country teams, assisting with the supervision of project researchers external to the WZB,
  • Developing strategies to turn the Fairwork scores into an ethical consumption strategy,
  • Assisting the Fairwork team in the expansion of the project to further countries,
  • Outreach and liaising with external partners and stakeholders, in particular also the German development policy makers,
  • Disseminating findings in the media.

The Fairwork Secretariat sits at the nexus of three research clusters in Oxford and Berlin that focus on the future of work. The Oxford Internet Institute is home to over a dozen researchers studying digital transformations and what they mean for work and workers. The WZB GAP group comprises a number of researchers focusing on the digitalization of work, including research on platforms, automation, and artificial intelligence.  The tasks required will involve close cooperation between the Berlin- and Oxford-based teams, including joint research activities, workshops and conferences, as well as publications. There will be regular travel opportunities to facilitate collaboration between the Oxford- and Berlin-based teams, and the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in partner countries.

Your qualifications profile:

  • A relevant postgraduate degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, development studies, or related fields
  • A strong publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research related to the gig economy, platform work, the digital economy, decent work, or precarious/temporary work
  • Academic or professional experience, experience in the development of research projects and methodologies
  • Experience conducting, analysing, and interpreting interview data
  • Experience conducting, analysing and interpreting quantitative surveys
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings
  • Experience coordinating a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of issues impacting on precarious and insecure workers, and a demonstrable commitment to working towards the empowerment of workers, and to equality and inclusion
  • Enthusiasm to work in a diverse and international team
  • Fluent in English and German

Remuneration and benefits:

  • Remuneration in accordance with TVöD Bund up to EG 14 (yearly gross income between 55,000 and 64,000 Euros, depending on qualification and work experience)
  • Additional benefits for public service employees (VBL U)
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin
  • International, cooperative, and diversified working environment
  • In-depth integration into the scientific community in the form of colloquiums and conferences
  • Thorough instruction and guidance
  • Flexible working hours
  • We promote a good work-life balance, and our engagement has been certified by audit workandfamily and the European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
  • Comprehensive program for continuous professional development and further qualification, in the own discipline and beyond
  • Cafeteria with modern recreation rooms
  • Discounted VBB company ticket

The position will be filled subject to funding approval. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. WZB expressly encourages women or persons with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the job opening, please contact Selda Grauman, telephone +49 30 25491 386.

Have we sparked your interest? In that case, we are looking forward to receiving your online application (cover letter, CV, publications list, certificates/references) by 15 November 2022.