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Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 (one position, 2 years, €31,270 per
annum)

Project Equality of Opportunity in Practice: studies in working, learning
and caring

HR Reference No. 007081

*Job Summary*

This is a two-year post-doctoral fellowship undertaking research for an
IRC-funded project. The project involves operationalizing and exploring,
though empirical case studies, the way that international, national, and
institutional-level equality policies relating to working, learning, and
caring contexts, are implemented in practice. A particular focus of the
study will be on the impact of neoliberalism and the financial crisis on
inequality in the labour market, caring and education. Higher education – a
context of working, learning, and caring – is the site for the field work
and intensive case studies in a number of higher educational institutions
in Ireland have already begun.

Despite the existence of equal opportunities (EO) policies, underpinned by
laws and EU directives, social and economic inequalities are rising across
Ireland, Europe and the OECD, especially since the financial crisis. Higher
education can be seen as an institution that is involved both in
redistributing welfare and in advancing class inequalities. While most
universities have subscribed to and implemented EO policies, studies on
the neoliberalisation of higher education in the age of academic capitalism
have shown that new inequalities have arisen. The casualisation and
flexibilisation of labour, the outsourcing of responsibility for basic
services, the undermining of the care functions of the university as a
working and learning context, the erasure of the life-work boundaries due
to increasing rates of competition (and self-exploitation) of precarious
staff members, and the commericalisation and marketisation of education as
a transaction, have been some of the most discussed features of higher
education in the 21st century.

In this conjuncture, the aim of the project is to test the hypothesis that
the EO policies governing working, learning and caring are based on
principles of formal equality of opportunity that do not take into account
the changing complexity of the higher education institution and do not
achieve the ideals of equality and inclusion they purport to promote. A
related hypothesis to be examined is the claim that to have substantive
equality (fair equality of opportunity), there needs to be at least some
degree of prior social distribution of resources and power, some
equalising of prior social and economic conditions.

The overall goal of the project is to create a new energy around radical
egalitarian thinking by linking academic research across diverse fields,
including critical political economy, normative political theory, feminist
theories on care and justice, and social movement-led critical theories in
fields such as disability studies, working class studies, and ethnic/
racial studies. The project aims to use the results of the research in
order to think through and inform future policies on the ways in which
greater equality can be achieved in working, caring and learning, not only
in higher education but in society more generally.

The successful candidate will work at the intersection of empirical
research on changes in the labour market and workplace regulations in the
neoliberal era, theories of in/equality and class stratification, and
feminist ethics of care.

This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a
specified programme of research supported by research training and
development under the supervision and direction of a Principal
Investigator.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research
skills and competences, including the processes of publication in
peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of
funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the
opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the
successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to
this project:

– Work collaboratively and collegially with members of the research team
on other research projects in the Equality Studies Centre from time to time
as the need arises.
– Make a theoretical and empirical contribution to the project by
undertaking desk-based research and analysis of secondary sources,
including the analysis of quantitative data on labour markets, productive
and reproductive labour, life-work boundaries at the work place, caring
and higher education.
– Prepare draft research papers on equality issues in relation to
working, caring and learning arising from the desk-based research, and work
on and review papers drafted on the empirical studies as required by the
PI and in collaboration with other members of the research team.
– Liaise with members of the Advisory Board and Funding body, assist in
organising meetings, and work with those involved in the empirical studies
– Contributing to the active programme of disseminating the findings of
the research at a number of levels, including conferences, workshops,
web-based media including project website, and seminars with the guidance
and the support of the Principal Investigator.

*Principal Duties and Responsibilities*

– Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the
supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator
– Engage in appropriate training and professional development
opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or
Institute, or the University.
– Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which
you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the
supervision of your Principal Investigator.
– Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research
group, School and Institute.
– Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research
graduate students in your School and Institute.
– Carry out administrative work associated with your programme of
research.

*Selection Criteria*

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or
experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for
successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications
will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these
criteria.

Mandatory

– A PhD in a field of study directly related to this post with a PhD
dissertation on one or more of the topics related to the research project
such as theories of in/equality, care and justice, neoliberalism, critical
studies of labour markets and/or care work and/or higher education,
precarious working/learning, and the boundaries between so-called
productive and reproductive labour
– Ability to use qualitative research software, and an ability to
analyse quantitative data and write up related findings
– Excellent writing and editing skills and a proven ability to write
research papers in a cogentand insightful way, demonstrating strong
theoretical and analytical skills, including an ability to integrate more
abstract theoretical knowledge with findings from empirical research
– A demonstrated commitment to research and publications dedicated to
issues of in/equality and social justice and the use of research to inform
social change
– Excellent Interpersonal and Communication Capabilities (Oral, Written,
Presentation) and a collegial attitude towards undertaking research and
working on a research team
– An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful
research project
– Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations,
awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals,
and experience of writing a funding application).
– Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written , Presentation etc)
– Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven
ability to work to deadlines

The PD1 position is intended for early stage researchers, either just after
completion of a PhD or for someone entering a new area for the first
time. If you have already completed your PD1 stage in UCD or will soon
complete a PD1, or you are an external applicant whose total Postdoctoral
experience, inclusive of the duration of the advertised post, would exceed
4 years, you should not apply and should refer to PD2 posts instead.

Desirable

– Experience of research and evidence of publications in
equality-related issues in relation to care, labour markets and education
– Research background on inequalities in Irish society
– Experience in setting own research agenda

For informal inquiries please write to the Principal Investigator of the
project Professor Kathleen Lynch, kathleen.lynch@ucd.ie

*N.B. Closing date: 19th January 2015 5pm GMT – Applications must be
submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which
are still in progress at the closing time of 5 pm GMT on the specified
closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. *

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