Research Fellow

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7109777 (Ref.No. LUBSC1630)
Posted: September 6, 2022

Job Description

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 contact: 

Dr Charles Umney, Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations Department

Tel: +44(0)113 343 2615, email: [email protected] 


Dr Gabriella Alberti, Associate Professor, Work and Employment Relations Department

Email: [email protected]

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Business
School/Institute:  Leeds University Business School
Category:  Research
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
Reference:  LUBSC1630

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