Research Officer - Media and Communications Department

London (GB)
21 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Media and Communications Department

Research Officer

Salary is competitive and not less than £34,156 pa inclusive

This is a fixed term appointment for 1 year, beginning end April, 2017

LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, established in 2003, comprises internationally acclaimed faculty who conduct critical, empirical and engaged research into the central role of media and communications within contemporary society. We are currently seeking a research officer to join us by working on two complementary initiatives: 1) the Justice, Equity, and Technology Project, which is funded by a grant from the Open Society Foundations, and 2) the Our Data Bodies Project, which is funded by a grant from New America.

The shared goals of these projects include:

  • Understand the role of data-driven technologies in relation to conditions of marginality
  • Explore the adequacy of policies to protect members of historically marginalized groups from the discriminatory impacts of data-driven technologies
  • Examine current tools and practices developed by members of historically marginalized communities to confront data-driven systems in their lives
  • Co-design strategies to protect against data-driven discrimination and related harms

The ideal candidate will have a completed PhD, or be working towards completion of a PhD, or have other research experience that demonstrates the capability to produce independent original research. They will be experienced in participatory and collaborative research, discourse analysis, and interview and focus group methods; be comfortable working across technical, legal, and sociocultural domains; and be experienced in applying theories of justice to the study of technology. Fieldwork will be conducted in Europe and the UK. This person will have the ability to analyse complex ideas, concepts or theories, and to apply appropriate research methodologies.

This person will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to manage their own workload and work to tight timescales, and the capacity to work reflexively. A strong interest in science and technology studies, social justice, inequality studies, critical technology studies would be an advantage, as would previous experience working with members of historically marginalized groups on technology issues in a European context.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan at

To apply for this post, please go to If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please call: 020 7955 7885.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 21 March 2017 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing 27 March 2017.  The post begins April 27, 2017.

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