PhD Studentship: The full costs and benefits of job quality in international context

PhD Studentships 2013/2014 – available now

Strathclyde Business School, supports a vibrant and innovative research culture, with a specialist programme of training and support for research students. Strathclyde Business School was rated as ‘world leading’ in its research, 1st in Scotland and 7th in the UK by the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.

Enquiries: Prof Patricia Findlay, Department of HRM,; Applications to: Jean Nelson, )

Deadline: 1 September 2013

Funding: In partnership with the Scottish Graduate School – Doctoral Training Centre (SGS-DTC), Skills Development Scotland is co-funding four PhD Studentships in social science subjects, one of which will be based at Strathclyde. UK/EU fees are covered, plus an annual stipend of £13,762 for 3 years.

Background: Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s National Skills body tasked with developing the skills and learning system in Scotland for the benefit of individuals, businesses and society. SDS is co-funding these PhD studentships with the SGS-DTC to support innovative and cross-cutting research on the training and development needs of Scotland’s workforce. The project based at Strathclyde’s Department of Human Resource Management and Scottish Centre for Employment Research.

Research: This research project will assess and measure the benefits and costs associated with good and poor job quality for individuals, firms and economies.  It will focus on the outcomes of job quality, assessing its individual, organisational and societal impact, and combine conceptual review with analysis of large scale national and international datasets, enabling job quality in Scotland to be placed in international context.

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Requirements: This studentship is funded by Skills Development Scotland and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. As such, ESRC eligibility criteria apply.

Comprehensive information on eligibility requirements can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions the studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £13,726 pa for 3 years.  The candidate should have a first class Honours (undergraduate) degree and Master’s degree with a significant research training element. We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates with a strong social science background in subjects including, but not limited to, employment studies, work sociology, work/organisational psychology, human resource management, or economics (particularly those with experience/expertise in labour economics.

Applications: Students are strongly advised to make informal enquiries before submitting applications. Applications should be sent to the contact indicated and include all of the following materials:

  • A cover letter explaining your research interests, relevant training and skills, and long-term career goals. This should include a short statement (max 800 words) explaining how these fit with and can add to the research project.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV).
  • If available, a substantial piece of writing (5,000-10,000 words) such as a literature review or previous research findings.
  • Official transcript(s) of your undergraduate/postgraduate degrees.
  • Two academic references from an institution at which you have studied.
  • English qualifications obtained, if English is not your first language.

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