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Department of Applied Social Sciences

Research Associate / Research Assistant

(Ref. 240603007)

[Appointment period: eight months initially, with possibility of further appointment]


The appointee will assist the project leader in the research project - “Suspended insecurity: employment and wider uncertainty in and between the United Kingdom and southern China”.  The project focuses on experiences and realities of insecure work in local contexts of the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. He/She will be required to:

(a)    conduct literature review;

(b)    assist in designing research tools, such as interview schedules;

(c)    conduct data collection, such as interviews with Hong Kong locals;

(d)    conduct data processing and data analysis;

(e)    liaise with project collaborators;

(f)    conduct qualitative fieldwork;

(g)    assist in writing up of manuscripts; and

(h)    perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of Unit or his delegates.


Applicants for the Research Associate post should have a master’s degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Criminology, Humanities, Cultural Studies or other related disciplines.

Applicants for the Research Assistant post should have an honours degree in one of the said disciplines.

Applicants should also: 

(a)    have a good command of both written and spoken English and Chinese;

(b)    be self-motivated, well-organised, detail-minded and able to multi-task; and

(c)    be able to work independently.

Preference will be given to those with interest or intellectual background in conducting qualitative research and social science research, as well as with experience in conducting research interviews.  Applicants with intellectual background in social theory will also be an advantage.

Applicants are invited to contact Dr Krzysztof Z. Jankowski via email at  for further information.

Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. 

Consideration of applications will commence on 10 June 2024 until the position is filled.

Posting date: 3 June 2024