The New World of Work

Fellowship 1.    Precariousness in low paid economies and sectors.

Fellowship 2.    Professionalisation at the workplace and the practices of the HRM.

The Work and Employment Relations Division of Leeds University Business School has an ambitious programme of research that seeks to interrogate the dynamics, contradictions and challenges of the ‘new’ World of work following the global economic crisis. We are seeking to appoint two University Academic Fellows who will further strengthen our recognised core research strengths, engage in University strategic initiatives, deliver high quality outputs, lead new grant applications and drive new innovations in teaching. Our aim is to explore developing and emerging themes located around the idea of ‘between precarity and professionalisation’.

The first fellow will consolidate and build on existing research strengths in our Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation, Employment & Change (CERIC),through a research programme which will explore the changing nature and dynamics of contingent employment contracts, the rise of novel and contemporary contract forms such as zero hours contracts, the implications of precarious work in particular sectors such as domiciliary care, and the extent, nature and implications of in-work poverty in the UK and internationally.

The second fellow will be based in the Professional Services Hub and will bring together strands of research around professionalization, with a focus on both well-established professions, such as legal firms, and those sectors and occupations where the professionalization agenda is taking hold. Engaging with big data you will develop a research agenda which will allow for a mapping, analysis and sustained commentary on trends for professionalisation at the workplace, amongst different occupational groups and the impact of changing human resource management polices and practices profession.

You will have proven research experience and significant potential to deliver world class outputs and a strong social science background, within fields such as employment relations, human resource management, sociology or management. You will also have strengths in both qualitative and quantitative analysis, the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about both roles please contact Professor Mark Stuart, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6851, email:; for specific enquiries about the professionalisation role please contact Professor Ian Kirkpatrick, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2611, email:

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