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.
The Senior Research Officer is principally linked to research led by Professor Pete Fussey on the use of emerging technology, big data and associated analytics in relation to security and broader surveillance practices. This work comprises a key component of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project.
Since 2015 the project team has established high level contacts and access points for a highly innovative programme of research in several countries. We are seeking a post-holder capable of building on these, and developing new, lines of research enquiry, who can contribute to a cutting edge research programme analysing law enforcement and national security uses of emerging technologies. This post offers an excellent opportunity for a researcher to join an experienced team of academics and contribute to a line of planned research outputs already in development.
Duties of the Role
The purpose of this post is to conduct surveillance-related research and to provide research and organisational assistance on the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project.
The work will examine the application, form and impact of such practices, in addition to considering associated regulatory implications and is principally concerned with the Work Stream on Surveillance and Human Rights summarised in the job pack. However, as well as supporting this Work Stream, the post-holder will also work with the wider project analysing the human rights implications of big data and emerging technologies.
Responsibilities and duties include engaging in individual and/or collaborative research activity resulting in internationally excellent publications that is in keeping with REF criteria; working with the project management team to develop research programmes in five case study countries of the UK, US, Brazil, Germany and India; and contributing to, and presenting papers at, conferences and workshops, disseminating research findings to a range of stakeholders and expert communities.
A full list of duties can be found within the job pack.
Qualifications and Skills Required
The successful candidate will have a relevant doctoral level degree in a Social Science discipline or equivalent experience of independent social science research. 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 big data analytics is essential. The ability to undertake qualitative research to the highest standard, including undertaking interviews with strategic actors and experts in a variety and national contexts and the competent use of relevant software packages and web-based research are important for this role.