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(Closed) Now Hiring: Research Assistant, Social Instabilities in Labor Futures

Deadline for applications: December 6, 2019
For questions, email [email protected]

This application call is now closed. 

Data & Society Research Institute is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Labor Futures team. This position is a non-exempt, part-time (approximately 16-20 hours per week), six-month role, and is based out of our New York City office, beginning January 2020.

About the position
The part-time Research Assistant will work with the Labor Futures team to support both research and engagement outcomes. The Research Assistant will conduct background and scoping research, write bibliographies, citations, and prepare public-facing documents related to ongoing and new research topics. The Research Assistant will also help plan and coordinate engagement activities with stakeholders in the field. The initiative focuses on issues of platform labor, monitoring and algorithmic control of work, automation, and workplace solidarity in a digital age.

Ideal Candidate
This position is ideal for a current Master’s student, a recent graduate, or someone looking for experience in order to apply to graduate school. While enthusiasm about the research topics is not a requirement, candidates who are passionate about topics at the intersection of technology, society, and policy in a data-driven world will find this work more rewarding and interesting.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 2-3 years of relevant work experience
  • Phenomenal written communication skills and a strong grasp of grammar and spelling
  • Organized and meticulous
  • Strong time management skills with a keen sense of project needs and deadlines
  • Familiarity with Zotero, Microsoft Word, and library databases

Practical Considerations

  • This position is for a six-month duration, from January through June 2020.
  • This is a part-time position ranging from 16 to 20 hours a week. The schedule is flexible and will be set in consultation with the manager.
  • Work will be performed at our NYC-based office.
  • Research Assistants are encouraged to regularly attend and/or participate in Data & Society community activities as an expectation of their role, which will add to the richness of the experience.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States. Data & Society is unable to sponsor visas at this time.

Salary: Hourly, $20-25/hr, commensurate with experience

To apply, please submit the following items by December 6, 2019 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis) by following the link here:

  • Your resume or CV;
  • Cover letter;
  • The names, affiliations, and email addresses of three references.

Feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

About Data & Society Research Institute
Data & Society focuses on the social and cultural issues arising from data centric technological development. We seek to inform and develop frames for discussion of these complex issues both through our own research and through supporting the expansion of a nascent field of actors concerned about these topics. We want to be a resource, a catalyst, and a convener as new sectors recognize the complexity of the issues and the need for trade­offs when they increase their reliance on data as a tool for management and decision-making.

We see the field as comprised of researchers, journalists, policymakers, technologists, industry leaders and workers, funders, advocates, and civil society actors. We are committed to helping this field engage substantively, and with an evidence base, in debates over implications arising from the increasing reliance on data at scale to automated decision-making across a range of sectors.

The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.


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