Job Posting: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Warwick Business School

“Management insights for tackling grand challenges: the case of climate-related financial risks in the financial investment industry”

The four-year project is led by Dr. Katharina Dittrich and located within the Organisation and HRM (OHRM) group at Warwick Business School. It involves the principal investigator, two postdoctoral research fellows and a PhD student.

This is an exciting opportunity to

  • Conduct research on a pressing societal concern (climate change)
  • Develop real-world impact
  • Work with a team of highly committed and motivated researchers
  • Be part of a thriving community of organisational researchers working with practice, process and institutional approaches
  • Develop your academic career and network

The project

Despite the importance and significance of climate change for our planet and society, the finance sector for a long time has neglected climate change. In recent years, financial firms have realized that climate change poses a significant material risks to financial assets and the stability of financial markets. Yet, investors are ill-equipped to deal with these risks. There is a dearth of climate-related financial information, risk models do not provide the forward-looking scenario analysis required for climate change, and short-term orientation is still the dominant view amongst many working in financial firms. The challenge of climate risk is that it is complex, multi-dimensional, far-reaching in breadth and magnitude, and nothing like the traditional risks in finance. Tackling climate-related financial risks is beyond the power of any single firm and involves a large ecosystem of organizations, including financial investors, data providers, consultancies, regulators and NGOs.

Of relevance to this challenge is a recent stream of research in management and organisation studies that investigates how organizations tackle these large-scale, complex, enduring problems, referred to as ‘grand challenges’ (Ferraro, Etzion, & Gehman, 2015; George, Howard-Grenville, Joshi, & Tihanyi, 2016). This research has helped to highlight the macro processes of institutional change and to uncover the contributions of single organizations and multi-stakeholder initiatives to solving grand challenges. While much can be learned from this research, it leaves open how organizations change what they do when they are caught in a complex web of interactions with other organizations. How do they overcome the practical challenges that emerge in the interactions with others? How do the local experiments in multiple organizations interact and contribute to emerging collective approaches to the large-scale problem? Drawing on practice theory (Nicolini, 2012) and innovative ethnographic research methods, this four-research project traces in detail the actions of 10-12 organizations in their efforts to address climate-related financial risks, including different kinds of investors (e.g., pension funds, insurance companies, asset managers etc.), data providers and consultancies, investor networks, and NGOs.

The position

This recruitment is for a full-time, three years fixed position. The anticipated starting date is September/ October 2020.

As part of the project you will

1.         Collect ethnographic data on the day-to-day activities of people in different organizations, through the use of observations, formal and informal interviews and the collection of documents. Researchers will spend approximately three days per week in the field to collect data and use the remaining days to elaborate on field notes, read documents, and engage in analysis. Data collection will be conducted in organizations in the UK (primarily London) and, to a lesser extent, in Europe, so some flexibility and willingness to travel is required.

2.         Participate in regular face-to-face or virtual team meetings to share insights from data collection and analysis.

3.         Write or contribute to top academic publications.

4.         Attend and present research findings and papers at academic conferences, and contribute to the external visibility of the team and the department.

5.         Organise and deliver various impact activities aimed at disseminating research findings to project partners and other practitioners, including internal workshops with the organizations studied, targeted talks at practitioner conferences, conversations with policy-makers and practitioner-oriented reports & publications.

Requirements

You will possess a PhD degree in a relevant area of Business and Management, Sociology, Political Sciences or Human Geography (or you will shortly be obtaining it). You should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organization Theory
  • Practice Theory
  • Climate change
  • Financial markets/ investments
  • Risk management
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Ethnography

You should have excellent skills in qualitative data collection and analysis as well as administration and communication.

Application

More information on the position can be found here

The deadline for applications is June 9th.

Candidates should provide their application form, a CV, list of publications and two selected papers, either published or unpublished. Informal enquiries to Katharina.dittrich@wbs.ac.uk are welcome.

Job Posting: Postdoc at Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to support an NSF-funded project to study the diffusion of gender equity ideas through university and scholarly networks. The postdoctoral research associate will join an interdisciplinary team led by Professor Kathrin Zippel and Assistant Professor Laura K. Nelson in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. This is a two-year, full-time, benefits-eligible position starting Fall 2020.

The postdoctoral research associate will play a leading role in the collection and analysis of quantitative/digitized data, including relational data and text-as-data; to help author reports, papers and journal articles using project data; and to help coordinate tasks across the research team.

Qualifications:

  • A PhD in social science, data science, network science or related fields by the time of hire
  • Knowledge or interest in gender (equity), intersectionality, diversity, organizations, STEM fields, higher education, and/or the diffusion of ideas
  • Proficiency with a programming language, preferably R, Python, Julia, or Go
  • Experience with either computational text analysis techniques, social network analysis, or both
  • Ability to work independently and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Experience with, interest in, or openness to open science practices and reproducibility

Review of applications will start May 24, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Apply here.

Job Posting: Professor of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research at the University of Fribourg

Call for a Full Professor (80%) in Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research beginning February 1, 2021 or by appointment at the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Global Development at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Fribourg/CH.

Requirements

  • The applicant holds a doctorate and a habilitation or equivalent qualification. He or she has proven experience in teaching and supervising theses at university level (BA, MA, doctorate) in sociology and social policy (theories, concepts and methods) as broadly as possible bridging German, French and Anglo-Saxon academic traditions.
  • He or she has proven experience in teaching and supervising theses at university level (BA, MA, doctorate). In addition to sociology and (comparative) social policy, the applicant should have large expertise in quantitative social research. Openness towards qualitative social research is a requirement. The candidate has proven skills in managing research projects and raising third-party funds. He or she is integrated into international research networks; existing collaborations within Switzerland are an advantage.
  • Teaching language is German. Very good knowledge of English is also expected for teaching. At the bilingual University of Fribourg, at least a passive knowledge of French is necessary and the readiness to improve this knowledge within two years.

Application submission date

  • 31 May 2020
  • Please submit applications in electronic (PDF) Form to the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Fribourg jobs-lettres@unifr.ch
  • Applications contain a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a list of research projects and courses as well as five publications important for the profile as PDFs.

Further information

Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at California State University-San Marcos

The California State University-San Marcos is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor position who has content area expertise in domestic and/or transnational immigration or “crimmigration” with a focus on US-Mexico-Central America and youth and families.

More information can be found here: https://www.csusm.edu/facultyopportunities/faculty_jobs/assist_prof-sociology_immigration.html

Job Posting: Assistant Project Scientist in Technology Management

The Technology Management Program at UC Santa Barbara seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist position. This Assistant Project Scientist will assist Prof. Matt Beane with a field-based research project. The project scientist will do research, data collection, and project analysis independently and in conjunction with Prof. Beane on this and potentially other projects of mutual interest.

The project that this position will be working on is a multi-year, multi-method research study of the implications of AI-enabled robotic systems for workers and organizations in high-mix, repetitive, manual work. Phase one centers on hypothesis generation, and involves fieldwork across numerous pick-and-pack driven (e.g. secondary fulfillment) facilities distributed around the US that are automating this work via AI-enabled robotic systems. As part of this fieldwork we are collecting and producing a significant body of quantitative data on organizational performance. Phase two of this work will involve testing these hypotheses via the US Census, and phase three will involve field experiments.

The minimum qualification is having a doctorate or equivalent at time of application. Preferred qualifications include having experience conducting research on work involving complex technology. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests in learning and labor relations, familiarity with production data and who are empirically focused on AI and/or robotics. The successful candidate will demonstrate competencies indicating that they will be able to contribute high-level skills to the projects at hand, and enable, plan, or execute research alongside TMP faculty. This appointment is 100% time for one year, with possibility of extension based upon performance/availability of funds.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01756.

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statement of research experience, and contact information for 3 references. Complete and submit your application by 3/16/2020 for primary consideration. Ideally, we are looking for someone to start early May 2020.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Arts & Public Policy at Vanderbilt

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Arts & Public Policy as part of the Curb Center at Vanderbilt’s Public Policy program, to begin on August 1, 2020.

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt is a national policy center committed to research and learning that challenge leaders to rethink the role of creative and cultural expression in contemporary society. The successful candidate will work closely with the Associate Director of Public Policy on various arts-related research projects, primarily focused on the educational and career pathways of creative workers. The role provides an opportunity for an early-career academic professional to develop national and international policy research on a broad range of cultural policy issues. The successful applicant will also support the Assistant Director of Creative Enterprise and Public Leadership in the activities of the Creative Campus and Curb Scholars programs. There is no teaching associated with this appointment. Approximately half (50%) of the candidate’s time will be dedicated to their own research and scholarship.

This is a non-faculty, non-tenure track, one-year term appointment, with the possibility of a yearly extension contingent on funding and satisfactory performance. The fellow will join a cohort of other postdoctoral fellows across Vanderbilt University and have access to the professional development support of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

The position is full time and carries a competitive salary, commensurate with the applicant’s experience and qualifications, plus health insurance coverage as specified by Vanderbilt University guidelines. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow’s primary appointment will be in the Department of Sociology, with all funding for the position coming from Curb Center resources.

The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. in Sociology or a field relevant to the broad aims of the program (i.e., social sciences, arts, humanities, law, information science, etc.) by start date.
  2. Research expertise relevant to cultural policy, broadly construed (including cultural production and consumption, work and careers, creative cities, etc.).

To apply for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, submit the following materials in digital format:

  1. A cover letter expressing interest in the position;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. A transcript of graduate work (unofficial is acceptable);
  4. Two writing samples;
  5. The names and contact information for three references.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to Kimberly Kane (kimberly.kane@vanderbilt.edu).

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2020, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Principal Investigators Dr. Julien Clement and Dr. Jon Atwell of the Stanford Graduate School of Business seek to fill a position for a postdoctoral researcher. This researcher will collaborate with both Dr. Clement and Dr. Atwell on projects related to organizational structure and organizational adaptation. This is a two-year position assuming academic achievement and service at a level at or above expectations, with annual formal reviews.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a social science field, have a strong interest in organizational adaptation and design and have strong technical skills in empirical analysis and programming. They will have the opportunity to use a wide range of methodologies including formal modeling, large group experiments, and empirical analyses using both traditional statistical and machine learning techniques. Depending on the applicant’s interests, the position may involve substantial input on the development of projects and co-authored work with the PIs. The role will also allow for a proportion of time dedicated to publishing the applicant’s own ongoing research projects. It will also involve some work coordinating other research support.

The desired start date of the position is early summer and completion of the PhD degree is required before the appointment starts. If hired, the applicant will be a member of the Organizational Behavior group at Stanford GSB and will be able to participate in group seminars, workshops and informal knowledge sharing. The position comes with health benefits and access to most Stanford resources.

Candidates that have accepted tenure-track positions at another institution with the ability to defer their start date will also be considered.

Qualifications

PhD in a social science or other relevant field Strong programming skills
Strong communication skills

Applications need to include

  • A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position
  • Up to three writing samples that demonstrate your expertise and fit for the position
  • The names and contact information of up to three letter writers

Application Information

Please upload a single PDF with the above application materials to tinyurl.com/GSB- postdoc. Please title the file with your first and last name (e.g. Sarah-Smith.pdf) Applications will be considered upon submission but to ensure consideration applications must be submitted by February 15th.

Principal Investigators

Dr. Clement studies how the design of an organization affects the way people collaborate. How does an organization’s structure affect how its members form relationships and develop routines? How can it help them adapt these routines when environmental demands change? And when can organizations thrive without any formal structure? Dr. Clement has used a variety of analytical methods to answer these questions (network analysis, agent-based models, big-data analytics) in contexts including the television game-show industry, professional videogaming (e-Sports) and mobile healthcare in Africa. Most recently, he started studying how the deployment of artificial intelligence inside organizations may affect collaboration and learning among their members.

Dr. Atwell studies how groups of individuals communicate and consume social information. At the root of society is the creation of broadly-shared understandings of the relevant social context but many features of the modern social life present potential pitfalls for that creative process. Using simulations, large-group experiments, and natural language processing, Dr. Atwell analyzes how different dynamic social processes produce, distribute and aggregate the information necessary for large groups to create these essential shared understandings.