The Centre for Information Technology and National Development in Africa (CITANDA) offers a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) in the evaluation of digital work platforms (Uber, SweepSouth, Upwork, etc.) in South Africa against decent work standards for 2018/2019 academic year.

The PDRF role is an exciting opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research on a topic that is central to the future of work and to the harnessing of digital technologies for socio-economic development. Working within CITANDA, you will be part of a well-resourced, culturally- diverse and friendly research unit. More broadly, you will be working as part of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team of world-leading academics from the University of Cape Town (Prof. JP van Belle), University of the Western Cape (Prof. Darcy du Toit), University of Oxford (Prof. Sandy Fredman, Prof. Mark Graham) and University of Manchester (Prof. Richard Heeks) spanning internet studies, law, information systems and development studies.

Worth of Award

  • The value of the fellowship is ZAR 260,000 pa and is tenable for up to 29 months.
  • A performance review will happen after the first year.
  • Any further extension would be dependent on performance, and sourcing of additional funding for the post.

• A PhD, awarded within the previous five years, in a relevant field which could include – but is not limited to – internet studies, information systems, development studies, or work and employment.
• Strong skills in the planning, implementation, software-based analysis and write-up of primary field data.
• Practical experience of qualitative fieldwork in a global South context.
• Demonstrated ability to undertake desk-based evidence reviews.
• Demonstrated capacity to produce peer-reviewed research articles.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
• Ability to work independently within a research team and to meet deadlines.

How to Apply

  • Applicants should submit (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, specifically addressing the required and desirable criteria listed, (ii) a CV including a publication list, iii) a copy of their PhD thesis and up to two published or submitted papers, (iv) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (v) email addresses of at least two referees directly involved in their PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.
  • Applications should be emailed before noon on 31 August 2018 to [email protected] with cc to [email protected]

Deadline: applications close 31 August 2018

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