Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have
a research background in digitalization and the future of work, or the
warehousing sector? Are you interested in a project to better understand and
improve conditions the quality of warehousing work in a context of digital
transformation? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading
research intensive Universities?
Academics in Leeds University Business School, in collaboration with
colleagues based in Belgium, Poland and Germany, are leading a CHANSE/UKRI-
funded project (starting in November 2022) on the digitalization of
warehousing work. The project aims to develop a framework for a more human-
centred type of warehousing work, and provide evidence to inform government
policy, and contribute to policy reform. The team in Leeds will be primarily
focused on West Yorkshire, but will develop and international comparison
within the international team.
As a researcher at Leeds you will be affiliated with the Work and Employment
Relations Department (WERD) and its associated research centre, The Centre
for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC). CERIC is a leading
research centre investigating the changing nature of work and employment. It
houses a critical mass of internationally regarded researchers that produce
intellectually challenging work with genuine policy and practitioner impact.
Members of the research team are also part of the Dig.It project, an
interdisciplinary research centre led by the Universities of Sussex and Leeds,
looking at how digital technologies are reshaping working life.
You will be employed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the 3-year
CHANSE/UKRI-funded project “ Humans in Digital Logistics” (HuLog); a
four-country study of the effects of digitalization on warehousing work. This
is a qualitative research project which will require you to gain access to
warehouses in the West Yorkshire region, conduct observations, interviews and
focus groups, involving warehouse workers, managers, and other institutional
actors (such as unions and industry associations). The project is divided
into six work packages, and you will work alongside the Leeds-based and
international team in implementing them: a systematic review of relevant
literature; fieldwork in four West Yorkshire warehouses; fieldwork with key
institutional actors; development of an international comparative framework
for analysis; writing articles and organising dissemination events; and tasks
associated with general project management, such as complying with ethical and
data protection guidelines.
You will contribute to a research team with multiple research and
methodological specialisms comprising Dr Charles Umney and Dr Gabriella
Alberti (CERIC) and Dr Gary Graham (Management). You will play a key role
in delivering the research plan together with the research team. You will
arrange, undertake and support fieldwork, you will liaise and engage with our
external partners, and you will play a key part in writing, publication and
impact and engagement work.
A key part of the aims of this research programme is to ensure the longer-term
professional development of the Post-doctoral research fellow (through the
development of skills, contributions to publications, mentoring).
Our University is a diverse, multi-cultural environment. We welcome
applications from all sections of society and the successful applicant will be
expected to work within University values and policies which are designed to
promote dignity, diversity and inclusiveness.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please
Dr Charles Umney, Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations
Tel: +44(0)113 343 2615, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Gabriella Alberti, Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations
Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Business
School/Institute: Leeds University Business School
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £35,333 to £42,155 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Fixed term for 3 years)
Release Date: Monday 05 September 2022
Closing Date: Saturday 01 October 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Downloads: Candidate Brief