Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship within the Caledonian Academy (www.academy.gcal.ac.uk) in Glasgow, UK. The Caledonian Academy is seeking a talented, PhD Fellow for a project studying learning practices within groups of knowledge workers at Google and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of approx £14k. The successful candidate is expected to undertake up to 6 hours of academic support activity per week, which will include research, teaching or administration.
The Caledonian Academy is offering a 3-year studentship, starting October 2012, to carry out research leading to a PhD investigating work and learning at the boundaries of knowledge. Data will be collected at two sites at Google (USA) and the Chartered Institute of Securities (UK).
This study is a GCU partnership with two leading organisations: Google and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI). The study will examine the learning practices of:
- a software engineering team at Google – capturing, creating and distributing knowledge in a dynamic and global environment.
- investment operations professionals devising new processes within global finance institutions, associated with CISI.
Learning practices within these groups will be explored to identify commonalities.
The goal of this study is to identify and model the strategies used by knowledge workers to plan and direct their learning for work. The key research questions are:
- What factors (individual, organisational, social and technological) constrain and enable effective learning for connected knowledge work?
- What methods and practices do connected knowledge workers adopt to plan and direct their learning?
- How can these practices be supported through the use of social technologies?
The project will use a mixed method approach to collect data from target groups of knowledge workers as they learn in the workplace. Instruments will include semi-structured interviews and network analysis.
The studentship offers a unique opportunity to work with an internationally-renowned research team which has strong links with leading research centres and the industry. The supervisory team comprises: Prof. Allison Littlejohn, Dr Colin Milligan and Dr. Anoush Margaryan Further details are available at http://www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/people/index.html
The fellowship is open to candidates from EU countries. We are looking for a smart, dynamic, curious and motivated person who has the following skills:
- Experience, or interest in, conducting mixed methods applied research
- Strong abilities in writing and oral presentation in English
- Ability to structure own work to achieve results within strict deadlines
- Ability to communicate research findings efficiently to both academic and non-academic audiences
- Applicants must be graduates (Masters or Bachelors Degree plus relevant Masters) with a background in Learning Science or its sub-disciplines. Candidates with a background in Social or Behavioural Sciences are also eligible to apply, though interest in Organisational Learning is essential.
- Strong interest in conducting applied research
- Interest in researching adult workplace learning areas is important
- Experience in contemporary network theories is a plus.
- Familiarity with relevant research on workplace learning is also an advantage
Those seeking further information should contact the supervisory team firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org before April 10th 2012.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit each of the following documents by e-mail to email@example.com before April 10th 2012
1. Letter of interest specifying how you learned about this vacancy and outlining how your skills, experience and background meet the essential and desirable criteria for this studentship.
3. A writing sample (e.g. a recent journal publication or a chapter from your Masters thesis)
4. Names and contact information of two references (academic and/or professional).