Applications are invited for the position of Senior Research Officer, within the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, to work on the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project.
This position is principally linked to research led by Professor Pete Fussey on the uses of emerging technology including AI, Big Data and associated analytics in relation to security and broader surveillance practices. The post holder will also work closely with investigators and other researchers as well as other colleagues across the project and including those in different departments.
Duties of the Role
We are seeking a highly motivated collegiate individual who can engage with a cutting-edge and highly innovative research programme. The researcher will also conduct literature reviews in key areas, engage in data analysis, producing drafts of reports and articles and other research support duties.
The project team has already collected significant quantities of qualitative data and the post-holder will be expected to advance the analysis of this material and contribute towards publications. The wider project team, has also established strong lines of research impact, including relationships with a number of UN agencies, national policy and oversight agencies, international civil society groups and multiple practitioner organisations. The successful candidate will be required to engage constructively and proactively with these organisations and have the opportunity to contribute towards developing high-impact research briefings.
Other duties include managing project and workstream related administrative tasks, engaging across the wider project team. The post holder will also help with the organisation of events and overall administrative support for the wider project and support events and initiatives within the Department of Sociology.
Qualifications and Skills Required
The successful candidate will have a relevant doctoral level degree in an appropriate subject addressing the social and human rights implications of new and emerging technologies or be close to completion of PhD. They will have evidence of a developing research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile. Familiarity with the literature examining the societal and human rights implications of applications of advanced technologies is essential. The ability to undertake qualitative research and convert research into high quality written outputs is essential and the use of relevant software packages and web-based research are important for this role.
The job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post is available here.