Vacancy – Senior Research Officer

We are seeking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Research Officer to work on the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project.

This post is offered on a fixed term, full time contract until the end of the Project in September 2020. The post is based at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus with travel required within and beyond the UK.

Salary: £32,548 per annum (with annual increments)

Application closing date: 22 January 2018

Duties of the Role

Businesses are central actors in the digital age, with data playing a prevalent role in today’s society. The appointee will work principally with Professor Sheldon Leader, conducting research on the role of businesses in the era of big data and associated human rights issues. Current studies include examining the human rights implications of businesses’ collection and use of data, sharing of data with governments and online content regulation.

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, currently in its third year, is a £6 million Economic and Social Research Council and University of Essex-funded project that brings together over 30 researchers from numerous disciplines. This interdisciplinary team is working on academic research aimed at generating cutting edge policy and practical developments at the national and international levels, focusing specifically on achieving impact within the United Nations space.

Skills and Qualifications Required

The successful candidate will hold a postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to human rights, ideally with a PhD involving human rights or equivalent research experience. The ability to undertake qualitative research of the highest standard, to write work of publishable quality, to disseminate research findings to a range of stakeholder and expert communities, and excellent organisational, administrative and interpersonal skills are also essential.

Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with a strong interest in the links between business and human rights. While candidates who have familiarity with the range of issues arising from business activities linked with data collection, use etc. are very welcome, knowledge of the links between business and human rights is a priority.

Essex Law School and University of Essex
Ranked 47th in the law subject section in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, at Essex Law School we take excellence in research and excellence in education equally seriously. New academic staff are supported to become fellows of the Higher Education Authority and we are a top 20 UK law school for research (REF2014). We champion research-led education, where teaching is informed by research and students develop research skills.

At the University of Essex, internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

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Further Information and How to Apply

You can find the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role here, as well as details of how to make your application.

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