Research Fellow (Quantitative Methods/GIS)
Location: Highfield Campus
Full Time Fixed Term (30 Months)
Closing Date: Friday 15 July 2016
Interview Date: See advert
We are looking to appoint a researcher to work on a research project exploring the geography of home-based work and enterprise funded by the European Research Council (WORKANDHOME). You will work within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, but the work will also involve close collaboration with partners at the University of St Andrews. The project aims to uncover and investigate ‘hidden’ work and enterprises based in people’s homes using big social media data and our own primary survey. Using social media data, it will be explored how textual and linked-geographic data can be extracted from virtual social networks such as Twitter and Instagram to study home-based work and enterprise and how this analysis can be augmented through data linkage. The primary survey of home-based entrepreneurs will employ GPS tracking and a web-based diary to explore the time-space geography of home-based working and its local embeddedness. This methodological approach is highly explorative and innovative in nature.
We are therefore seeking a strong GIS/quantitative researcher with a background in human geography or a cognate discipline to join our team and contribute to this exciting project. You will have a first degree and a PhD* (or equivalent qualifications and experience) in Human Geography or a cognate social science, a detailed knowledge of quantitative social science methods, and particularly GIS and programming. The project involves contributing to the development of survey tools, retrieving geo-located data through the Twitter application programming interface (and ideally other social media API’s), and then analysing the resulting datasets. The analysis will also involve linking the created datasets to other secondary datasets, e.g. UK Population Census data. You will have demonstrable experience in the analysis and visualisation of large, complex geographical datasets. The project is highly interdisciplinary and as such there is flexibility to accommodate expertise from a range of cognate disciplinary backgrounds (e.g. economics, sociology etc.).
*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.
The post is tenable from 1 October 2016 or soon as possible thereafter for a period of 30 months. Informal enquiries and requests for further details may be made to Dr Darja Reuschke (D.Reuschke@southampton.ac.uk) and Dr Jed Long (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For further information on the WORKANDHOME project see: http://www.workandhome.ac.uk
Interviews are scheduled for w/c 22 August 2016.
You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 7462616WR on all correspondence.
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