Rights Lab Research Associate/Fellow in Antislavery Data (Fixed-term)
University of Nottingham Department of Rights Lab
United Kingdom

Rights Lab Research Associate/Fellow in Antislavery Data (Fixed-term)





Closing Date

    Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Job Type



    Rights Lab


    £27025 to £39609 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance


This role is part of the University’s Rights Lab, a Beacon of Excellence that is delivering research to help end contemporary slavery. The Rights Lab underpins its antislavery activity with an advanced research agenda organised around large-scale programmes, including Data, Survivors, Governance and Business. Use of data (including spatial and qualitative) and appropriate data analytics (including machine learning methods) is integral to each of these programmes and we seek a flexible individual who can use and develop data analytics to help answer questions such as: how many slaves exist in the world and where are they; why does slavery persist; what works to end slavery; and what difference does freedom from slavery make to the world?


This opportunity is grounded in the Rights Lab’s partnerships with NGOs and private sector data providers across the world, as well as our academic partners (e.g. the Alan Turing Institute). Working with our partners requires analytics of data such as those provided by mobile apps (e.g., Clewer Initiative car wash app), survivor/perpetrator narratives, as well as  non-stationary and sparse datasets, including spatial data, event processes in the form of mobile phone data, and time series. Our vision is that through innovative combinations of data sets, we can develop models of slavery occurrence, risk and vulnerability. As well as supporting our ongoing data-rich research projects, the RA will have the opportunity to initiate and execute new research, develop new funding applications in support of the Rights Lab, coordinate relationships with internal and external research partners and stakeholders, develop research publications, develop and deliver knowledge exchange towards impact, and contribute to the writing of policy and research reports for various audiences.


We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates or applicants who are close to completion, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience.


This is a full-time post, but we will consider applications from candidates who wish to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours.


The role is available with a start date of 1 August 2019, as a fixed-term post for a period of 12 months.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Doreen Boyd at Doreen.Boyd@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit; https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/applyingfromoverseas/index2.aspx

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