Research Assistant for Research on Crowdwork in the EU (0,9 FTE)

Research Assistant for Research on Crowdwork in the EU (0,9 FTE)

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4 Jul 15 Jul Rotterdam

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Are you looking for a position where you can support in a research project and are you interested in studying the relationship of online platform working conditions to worker well-being in the European Union. Then we are looking for you to join our GHOSTWORK ERC project.

Job description

As an assistant, you will primarily support the data analysis process. Alongside the PhD students, you will examine what working conditions workers experience in performing the form of online crowdwork known as ‘microworking’, how they experience those conditions and the extent to which conditions relate to worker wellbeing. While there may be opportunities to assist with other project elements, they will be considered on a non-interference basis.

Concerning your research support tasks, your job will look like this:

  • You will be trained on the existing codebook, research design and approach, and then given a percentage of interviews to code first to establish intercoder reliability.
  • You will be responsible for reviewing and editing interview transcriptions for accuracy.
  • You will conduct qualitative coding and analysis of crowdworker interviews (approx. 160), guided by a Straussian grounded theory approach and using CAQDAS (Atlas.ti).
  • You will participate and contribute to biweekly discussions on coding progress; the necessity for these discussions will be re-assessed as needed, and these sessions can be conducted remotely.
  • On a non-interference basis with the coding process, you may have opportunities to contribute to the project webpage, newsletter, and other project elements.  

Regarding the general research support, you will work with professors and collaborators within the Department of Organizational Dynamics in the Digital Society. Specifically, you will work as a part of the research team of the ERC Consolidator Grant project, "The ghostworker's wellbeing: an integrative framework". We are an international research team of four, two professors and two PhD students, from diverse backgrounds in communications, labour studies and sociology. See for more information and relevant publications.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • You have completed at least a bachelor's degree (or are soon to graduate), preferably in communications, sociology, or a related social sciences field (for example, psychology, anthropology).
  • Good knowledge of qualitative methodologies and experience with qualitative data analysis; training in qualitative data analysis is not required but is highly desirable.    
  • You have experience working with CAQDAS, such as Atlas.ti or NVivo; again, training is not required but is highly desired.
  • You are precise and have demonstrable analytical skills and qualities.
  • You have excellent English proficiency (both oral and written).

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of this position is August 1st and you will be based at Organizational Dynamics in the Digital Society in Woudestein Campus, Rotterdam. The position is for 0,9 FTE and limited to 6 months . The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 2402 to a maximum of € 2889 gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with scale 5 of the CAO-NU. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: public administration, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This also reflects in the content of the (international) bachelor's and master's programs and in research.  Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the ESSB fundamental, internationally oriented research is of paramount importance. In addition, social research for professionals, policy makers, and the society is part of our research activities. ESSB offers a stimulating research environment where major national and international research grants are received. Appealing guest researchers and ambitious PhD candidates come along to conduct their research. Our education is small-scale and works with innovative forms of education such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Both the Dutch and English programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 4000 students and more than 400 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit (


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 24 hours per week
  • €2402—€2889 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESSB/Strat/04072022


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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