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Job id: 090025. Salary: £43,205 - £47,978 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 23 May 2024. Closing date: 30 June 2024.

Business unit: King's Business School. Department: Human Resource Management.

Contact details: Prof. Heejung Chung. heejung.chung@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

About us

About the role and project

An exciting new job opportunity to work in a European wide project on homeworking, flexible working and its outcome on workers’ well-being and inequality patterns. You will be working with Professor Heejung Chung in the King’s Business School for the Horizon 2020 TransEuroWorks project. This project aims to explore the role of policies and institutions in shaping the outcomes of workers’ well-being and political divides in the age of globalisation, migration, digitalisation and environmental changes. This work packages explores the outcomes of digitalisation of work, particularly with regards to how the rise of home and hybrid working will result in workers’ well-being and inequalities. This will be done through a cross-national experimental survey vignette study collected in 2024, and through a wide range of secondary data analyses using cross-national cross-sectional data such as the European Working Conditions Survey, European Labour Force Survey, and comparing longitudinal household panel data such as the Understanding Society data and German Household Panel data.

The Department of Human Resource Management & Employment Relations is a distinctive group of work and organisation scholars producing leading-edge research and offering essential insights with global impact. Our work is multi-disciplinary and innovative, spanning significant expertise in the fields of human resource management, organisational behaviour and employment relations. We continually strive to be globally recognised as one of the very top international groups of work and organisation scholars. 

We generate and share knowledge, new ideas and alternative perspectives, driven by a purposeful intent to inform decision-making relating to work and employment by leaders and policy-makers in London, the UK, and internationally, thereby enhancing the quality of jobs for all and the effectiveness of organisations.

About the role

Role of the PDRA

The role of the PDRA is to support and assist with the data analysis, write up and dissemination of some of the key tasks of the project. This includes the analysis and write up using the TransEuroWorks Survey data particularly on flexibility stigma perceptions of European workers, using an experimental vignette survey set up. The PDRA is also expected to use wide range of secondary data including, but not limited to, the European Working Conditions Survey. European Labour Force Survey, UK and German Household Panel data to examine the well-being outcomes of flexible working arrangements in a cross-national and longitudinal perspective.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Clean and analyse the TransEuroWorks survey data using experimental vignette survey approach on flexibility stigma
  • Clean and analyse secondary data sources to examine the association between flexible working (home/hybrid working) and well-being outcomes – including but not limited to the European Working Conditions Survey, European Labour Force Survey, UK and German Household Panel Surveys
  • Write up of papers based on the data analyses for journals, working papers, deliverables, and other outputs
  • Support dissemination of results in academic and policy settings
  • Support the promotion and dissemination of the project results in the public realm – support public engagement activities
  • Provide other research activities related to the TransEuroWorks project as necessary
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for collaborative work with the PI, the larger team of TransEuroWorks, and the wider department within KBS

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract of two years starting 1 September 2024 or another negotiated starting date near to that date, ideally before 1 October 2024. The project runs until 31 October 2026.

About you

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria 

1.      PhD qualified in relevant subject area such as Sociology, Social Policy, Social Statistics, Management, Human Resources, or related fields (or pending results) 

2.      Advanced quantitative data analysis skills – in particular multilevel modelling 

3.      Track record or pipeline of publications in the area of labour market, work, welfare state, gender, or wellbeing using quantitative data analysis 

4.      Experience using secondary large scale data sources for analysis and publication 

5.      Knowledge in the theory and literature around work, labour market (flexible working), well-being research, in particular in a cross-national comparative perspective 

6.      Interest and knowledge in labour market inequality across gender in an intersectional manner 

7.      Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills 

Desirable criteria

1.      Experience conducting and analysing experimental vignette survey data 

2.      Experience using multilevel modelling analysis using European Working Conditions Survey, European Labour Force Survey 

3.      Experience conducting longitudinal panel data analysis using data such as UK and German Household Panels 

4.      Experience in wide range of public engagement and engagement with policy stakeholders 

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held during July 2024.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.