We are hiring a Research Fellow to join the Fairwork US team at UC Hastings

Posted on 02.03.2021
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The new Fairwork US team based at UC Hastings College of Law  is looking for a Research Fellow.

This is a full-time one year position with a remuneration of $72,800.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, Professor Veena Dubal, the Fellow will conduct primary and secondary research with and on platform workers in the US and use that research to leverage change on behalf of gig workers. The Fellow will also work with a network of international partners and collaborate on research and publications.

About the Research Fellow:

The ideal candidate(s) will have:

  • A Master’s degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, or a related field (required)
  • Academic or professional experience in developing a research project.
  • Academic or professional experience in conducting qualitative research (including doing interviews, analyzing and interpreting data).
  • Familiarity with the existing literature and research related to precarious work, gig work, and the digital economy.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publications, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.
  • Knowledge of issues impacting precarious and insecure workers, and a demonstrable commitment to working towards the empowerment of workers, and to equality and inclusion.

Structure and Primary Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of this position will be as follows:

  • Conduct primary and secondary research with and on app-based workers about job experiences across different digital labor platforms in the United States.
  • Use that research as part of action research strategies to leverage change on behalf of workers in the gig economy.
  • Coordinate with the project’s international partners.
  • Collaborate on and prepare publications and research outputs to disseminate the evaluations of platforms against principles of fair work.
  • Outreach and liaise with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Disseminate findings in the media.

There will be regular travel to facilitate research. The responsibilities listed above involve close cooperation between the US- and Oxford-based teams, including joint research activities, workshops and conferences, as well as publications.


The position include the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for transportation-related, healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Legal Insurance
  • University of California Retirement Plan (a defined benefit plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plans/Pre-tax Retirement Savings Programs
  • Fourteen paid holidays per year
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Commuter Benefits Program

Duration and Deadline

This is a fixed-term position with a duration of one year.

The remuneration is $72,800.

The closing date for applications is March 29, 2021 (11:59pm).

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume, including references. Interviews will be conducted in early April.

UC Hastings College of the Law is an equal opportunity employer. UC Hastings strives to provide a diverse and inclusive educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding and respect. UC Hastings College of the Law values diversity and welcomes all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity. Qualified women, people of color, people living with a disability, and people with a migrant background are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Fairwork project endorses the call from the Oxford Internet Institute community to advance anti-racist initiatives in higher education. We commit to upholding the values it espouses in our recruitment processes, to the best of our capacities.