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Call for Expressions of Interest for postdoctoral Marie Curie Incoming Fellowship at Copenhagen Business School

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships – Call for Expressions of Interest

Copenhagen Business School – Department of Digitalisation

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Salary:  The salary range for the fellowship will fall within the range of € 66 000 -€70 000 per annum (salary levels 6-8), subject to negotiation in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Finance guidelines. The grant includes a family allowance of € 500/month for eligible researchers.

Hours: Full time

Contract type: Fixed term

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 30 June 2019

Closing date for submission of applications: 11 September 2019

 

The Fellowship

The Marie Sklodowka Curie Individual Fellowships (MCIFs) are prestigious fellowships funded by the European Commission. They offer a generous allowance for 12-24 months including mobility, family and research allowance. Applicants can be from any country, must hold a PhD (or equivalent), and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the MCIF deadline on 11 September 2019. MCIFs follow a bottom-up approach, that is research fields and topics are chosen freely by the applicants, in collaboration with their prospective hosts.

 

Introduction

The Department of Digitalization (DIGI) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record of research and publication to apply jointly with a supervisor from DIGI/CBS to Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme. Selected candidates will receive dedicated support from a DIGI Senior Professor, as well as CBS’s Research Support Office to develop their proposal and application for submission to the European Commission by 11 September 2019.  The successful candidates will benefit from travel funding provided by CBS to visit the host professor for 1-2 days in July/August 2019 to discuss and plan the full proposal for submission to the European Commission. The host at CBS is Professor Anoush Margaryan.

 

Research themes

Expressions of Interest that are aligned with one of more of the following research themes are welcome:

  1. Workplace learning and skill development practices in emergent forms of digital work such as crowdwork in online labour platforms
  2. Policy and practice implications of crowdwork and other emergent forms of digital work for pedagogy in higher education settings
  3. Practices and processes of worker self-organisation and networking for learning, knowledge sharing and skill development in crowdwork

Candidates with a (interdisciplinary) background in, including but not limited to, Learning Sciences, Workplace Learning, Education, Sociology, Psychology, Communication Studies, Information Science, Business and Organisational Studies/Human Resource Development and a strong interest in workplace learning research are welcome to apply.

 

How to express your interest

Expressions of interest should include:

  1. Your CV including a full list of your publications, research grants and projects
  2. A max 2-3 page Research Proposal Summary aligned with one or more of the above themes
  3. A max 1-2 page motivation letter identifying synergies with key research areas listed above

Please email your EoI pack as one single PDF file attachment, putting ‘MCIF Expression of Interest’ as your email subject to Bodil Sponholtz, bsp.digi@cbs.dk by Sunday 30 June 2019. 

Expressions of interest will be selected on the basis of the quality of the research idea and the candidate’s track record. Successful candidates will be informed by Monday 8 July 2019 when they will be invited to make a formal application to the European Commission with their CBS host Professor Anoush Margaryan.

To allow sufficient time for institutional approvals, the final draft of the full proposal is expected to be ready for review by the host by Tuesday 3 September 2019.

For further information and to arrange an informal discussion please contact Professor Anoush Margaryan ama.digi@cbs.dk

 

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New paper on learning practices in crowdwork

My paper “Workplace learning in crowdwork: Comparing microworkers’ and online freelancers’ practices” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Workplace Learning.  Here is the abstract:

Purpose: This paper explores workplace learning practices within two types of crowdwork– microwork and online freelancing. Specifically, the paper scopes and compares the use of workplace learning activities (WLAs) and self-regulatory learning strategies (SRL strategies) undertaken by microworkers and online freelancers. We hypothesised that there may be quantitative differences in the use of WLAs and SRL strategies within these two types of crowdwork, because of the underpinning differences in the complexity of tasks and skill requirements.

Methodology: To test this hypothesis, a questionnaire survey was carried out among crowdworkers from two crowdwork platforms – Figure Eight (microwork) and Upwork (online freelancing). Chi-square test was used to compare WLAs and SRL strategies among online freelancers and microworkers.

Findings: Both groups use many WLAs and SRL strategies. Several significant differences were identified between the groups. In particular, moderate and moderately strong associations were uncovered, whereby OFs were more likely to report (i) undertaking free online courses/tutorials; and (ii) learning by receiving feedback. In addition, significant but weak or very weak associations were identified, namely OFs were more likely to learn by (i) collaborating with others; (ii) self-study of literature; and (iii) making notes when learning. In contrast, MWs were more likely to write reflective notes on learning after the completion of work tasks, although this association was very weak.

Contribution: The paper contributes empirical evidence in an under-researched area – workplace learning practices in crowdwork. Crowdwork is increasingly taken up across developed and developing countries. Therefore, it is important to understand the learning potential of this form of work and where the gaps and issues might be. Better understanding of crowdworkers’ learning practices could help platform providers and policymakers to shape the design of crowdwork in ways that could be beneficial to all stakeholders. The paper outlines several implications for the design of crowdwork.

 

Call for Expressions of Interest – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Call for expressions of interest for Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in “Implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Digitisation in workplaces in relation to the redesign of jobs and the creation of new job”

University College London, Institute of EducationDepartment of Education, Practice and Society

Location: London

Salary: basic salary £32,548.00 gross per annum (Grade 7, Spinal point 30), plus London allowance £3,031.00 per annum and top up allowance ranging from £8,750.00-£20,000.00 depending on pension contributions and dependants.

Hours: Full time

Contract type: Fixed term

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 6 August 2018

Closing date for submission of applications: 12 September 2018

 

 The Fellowship

The Marie Sklodowka Curie Individual Fellowships (MCIF) are prestigious fellowships funded by the European Commission. They offer a generous allowance for 1-3 years including mobility, family and research allowance. Applicants can be from any country, must hold a PhD (or equivalent), and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the MCIF deadline on 12 September 2018. The MSCA have a bottom-up approach, i.e. research fields and topics are chosen freely by the applicants.

 

Introduction

The Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE) welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record of research and publication to apply jointly with a supervisor from EPS/IoE to the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme. Selected candidates will receive dedicated support from two or more IoE Professors as well as from EPS peer-review system to develop their proposal and application for submission to the European Commission by 12 September 2018.

The UCL/IoE lead professor is:

  • Professor David Guile, Professor of Education and Work and Head of Department of Education, Practice and Society

and, the co-supervisor is:

 

Research themes

Expressions of Interest that take the following issues as their starting point – the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Digitisation in workplaces in relation to the redesign of jobs and the creation of new jobs – and are aligned with one of more of the following research themes are welcome:

  1. The impact of the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Digitisation in workplaces on professional formation, including learning
  2. Practices and processes of workplace learning and skill development in emergent forms of digital work such as online labour platforms or gig work
  3. Policy and practice implications of digitisation and AI for vocational educational, higher education and learning throughout working life
  4. Skill development and skill matching in platform workplaces
  5. Practices and processes of worker self-organisation and networking for learning and skill development in platform labour

Candidates with a (interdisciplinary) background in, including but not limited to, Education, Sociology, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Communication Studies, Information Science, Business and Organisational Studies/Human Resource Development are welcome to apply.

 

How to express your interest

Expressions of interest should include:

  1. A copy of your CV (including a full list of your publications and research projects)
  2. A 2-3 page Research Proposal Summary, which includes details as to which research area(s) from the list above you are interested in
  3. A 1-2 page motivation letter identifying synergies with key research areas listed above

Please email your EoI pack as one single PDF file attachment, putting ‘MCIF Expression of Interest’ as your email subject to IOE.recruitment@ucl.ac.uk  by Monday 6 August 2018.  

Expressions of interest will be selected on the basis of the quality of the research idea and the candidate’s track record. Candidates will be invited to make a formal application with their EPS/IoE supervisors. Results will be announced on Monday 13thAugust.

Please note: UCL Research Finance require the successful proposal, with budget, to be submitted to them 5 days before the EU’s MCIF deadline 12thSeptember. This means the final version of the successful proposal will have to be submitted to Professor Guile and Professor Margaryan on Monday 3rdSeptember.

For further information please contact Professor David Guile ( d.guile@ucl.ac.uk ) or Professor Anoush Margaryan ( anoush.margaryan@gmail.com ).