Madrid, Spain: Research Assistant, Center for the Governance of Change

Research Assistant in Governance of Emerging Technologies
IE Center for the Governance of Change
Salary: 2,000€ / 100 hours
The Center for the Governance of Change at IE seeks doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to join a group of international scholars that is trying to understand why societies resist certain technological innovations.
Successful applicants will have a PhD (or near completion) in History, Economy, Political Science or a closely related discipline, and will be skillful at finding information in academic literature.

As Research Assistants to the group, they will be provided with a list of 50 technological innovations that took place between 1700 and 2000. They will be required to find information about them, and use it to answer a questionnaire of 30 items (most of them dates, and yes/no answers). The goal is to analyze the factors and societal forces that work against technology adoption, and the consequences of this resistance in the longterm.

This is an output-base appointment. Research Assistants will be given a maximum of 2 months to complete the questionnaire (it can be completed in less), which requires an estimate of 100 hours of research (12,6 hours per week, for 8 weeks). The honorarium will be of 2,000€, to be paid upon submission of the completed questionnaire, and acceptance by the CGC. Please note that withholding tax may apply depending of the researcher’s country. Candidates are encouraged to state their needs and preferences for work arrangements in their statement. This opportunity could be seen as an entry point for further engagement with the group. For details on the program and the center, go here:
Applicants interested in this position should submit the following materials:
1. a short CV
2. a statement of up to 300 words outlining any prior working experience and any academic background relevant to this research position.
3. Their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s GPAs (no certificate needed)
These materials should be submitted electronically as one PDF file to by 11 November 2018, 23:59.

The calendar looks as follows:
11 Nov 2018 – Applications deadline
16 Nov 2018 – The CGC will contact selected candidates
19-23 Nov 2018 – Online meetings to coordinate the research
1 February 2019 – Submission of the completed questionnaires

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