Research Assistant job listings

View below a list of Research Assistant job openings for current University of Auckland Business School Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Modern Slavery


Project title: Modern Slavery

Commences/Duration: We can offer part-time or full-time work for the second half of October, the full month of November, and the first part of December

Estimated hours: N/A

Location: Business School

Closing date: 10 October 2019

The project
We are a team of three academics from the Department of Management and International Business (Collaborative Group “People and International Business”) who conduct research on modern slavery. We are searching for a research assistant (RA) to help with a number of (re)search tasks related to a series of projects within our research portfolio on the topic of modern slavery.

The role
Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to apply as we have a range of tasks.

Key skills/attributes
The RA needs to be hard working, respectful of deadlines, someone who works well with and responds to feedback, and willing to learn.

Contact details and application process
Please send an email to Dr Brent Burmester, b.burmester@auckland.ac.nz.

Additional requirements (e.g. references required, previous experience, etc.)
N/A

Healthy Spaces


Project title: Healthy Spaces

Commences/Duration: 30 September/2 months

Estimated hours: 100

Location: N/A

Closing date: until filled

The project
The cues in our physical and social environments constantly influence the way we think, feel and behave. For instance, putting a thin human-like sculpture next to a vending machine would be likely to influence our beverage choices. Servicescape and atmospherics are areas of research, in marketing - influenced by research in environmental psychology - that examine customers’ relationship with their natural and social environments, which, in turn, are likely to influence their behaviour. This research aims to focus on exploring cues that have the potential to signal and therefore, promote good health – cues in people’s physical (e.g. layout, equipment, furnishing, artefacts), technological, socio-cultural and potentially virtual environments. The central tenet of this research is that through increasing the frequency of health-related cues in our environment, and hence, by creating healthy spaces, we can have a positive influence on individuals’ eating behaviour and food choices. By positively influencing individuals to eat well and make good food choices, this research can provide invaluable insights for policymakers and a number of industries, including restaurants, supermarkets and workplaces, among others, who aim to create a more health-conscious environment.

The role
The candidate will be required to perform the following tasks on survey data:
- Data cleaning
- Coding open ended questions
- Univariate and multivariate data analysis

Key skills/attributes
Proficiency with data management (coding, cleaning) and analysis is key.

Contact details and application process
Please send email CV to l.sajtos@auckland.ac.nz.

Additional requirements (e.g. references required, previous experience, etc.)
N/A

Resilience in Practice for New Zealand Rural Communities


Project title: Resilience in Practice for New Zealand Rural Communities

Commences/Duration: 1 May 2019 - Flexible over 2 years, with concentrated periods of work prearranged to fit with project needs and the applicant’s study workload.

Estimated hours: 200

Location: Business School

Closing date: 12 April 2019

The project
Resilience in New Zealand addresses a unique crisis profile focusing on natural disasters that affect its agricultural sector and rural communities. This project builds on the sensemaking and resilience literature and will contribute to a journal article on how actors make sense of their environment collectively for resilience (see Tisch and Galbreath, 2018). This qualitative research will examine sensegiving among stakeholders in three regions and contribute to the Practice Model in Landcare Research’s National Science Challenge to “enhance New Zealand’s resilience to natural disasters”

Tisch, D., & Galbreath, J. (2018). Building organizational resilience through sensemaking: The case of climate change and extreme weather events.Business Strategy and the Environment, 27(8), 1197-1208. doi:10.1002/bse.2062.

The role
This role was created for updating the literature search on resilience, sensemaking and practice models.  Interview data collection, coding and analysis will be done using NVivo (training provided).  Reports will be done using Word, Endnote and Dropbox for writing, referencing and formatting.

Key skills/attributes

Conducting and / or writing literature reviews, qualitative methods generally (coding interview data, organising material in NVivo) and bibliographic software (Endnote).  Interviewing skills would be valuable but not required.  Familiarity with the sensemaking and resilience literature will be useful but not necessary.

Contact details and application process

Please send your CV and short expression of interest (200 words) to Dan Tisch d.tisch@auckland.ac.nz.

Case writer


Project title: Case writer

Commences/Duration: Rolling

Estimated hours: 12 per week

Location: Business School

Closing date: Open until the position is filled

The project
The UoA Case Centre is on the lookout for student case writers to join our team. The student case writers will work closely with the Case Centre Director and University of Auckland Business School professors to develop teaching cases for business management education.

About UoA Case Centre
Teaching cases are a common tool for learning and teaching. A teaching case is a neatly packaged snapshot of an actual situation. It presents a challenge faced by an organization and compels students to step into the shoes of the decision-maker and come up with solutions. A good case writer can describe and explain a complex business challenge and engage readers with a vivid story.

The UoA Case Centre is a platform for the development and dissemination of management education material. It is the only case centre in New Zealand devoted to case development.

For more information on the UoA Case Centre, please visit the GSM website.

Job Description
After you have received an assignment from the Case Centre, you should write up the teaching case and teaching note that accompanies the case. The tasks include:

  • Desk research
  • Sometimes interviewing the case company and the academic case supervisor who knows the case
  • Drafting and revising the case (and teaching note) based on review feedback
  • Editing and polishing the case (and teaching note)

A writing project usually lasts 8 weeks but can be shorter or longer. Throughout the process, you need to communicate regularly with the Case Centre Director to ensure that the project is on the right track and will be completed on time with good quality.

You will be paid a standard Research Assistant salary in line with UOA terms.

Key skills/attributes

  • You are enrolled as a student at the University of Auckland
  • You can legally assume work in New Zealand up to 12 hours per week
  • You are a good writer of English, preferably with experience in creative or journalistic writing
  • You have business management or economics background
  • You have knowledge of qualitative research, knowledge of quantitative research is a plus
  • You are responsible, reliable and can meet deadlines
  • You are flexible with your time
  • You can take on work at short notice

Contact details and application process

If you are interested in this position, please email your CV, cover letter and a writing sample to: ilan.oshri@auckland.ac.nz

Using Canvas to Enhance Student Experience and Success in a Large Scale Course (CLEAR Fellowship Project)


Project title: Using Canvas to Enhance Student Experience and Success in a Large Scale Course (CLEAR Fellowship Project).

Commences/Duration: one year – Until December 2019

Estimated hours: 120 hours

Location: Business School

Closing date: Open until the position is filled

The project

In this project, you will help with general research, doing data manipulation and analysing, running focus groups, and statistical analysis.

Key skills/attributes

Experience in Excel and statistical analysis; general organisational skills

Contact details and application process

Please contact Mark McConnell at mark.mcconnell@auckland.ac.nz. In your communication please explain why you are a suitable candidate for the position and include your current CV.

Applications will be considered on a rolling based until the position is filled. Interviews will be scheduled for suitable candidates.

Additional requirements (e.g. references required, previous experience, etc.)

Please provide your previous experience in statistical and data analysis.

Laboratory Experiments to Test Stochastic Choice for Implicit Expected Utility (IEU) Models


Project title: Laboratory Experiments to Test Stochastic Choice for Implicit Expected Utility (IEU) Models

Commences/Duration: one year

Estimated hours: 200 hours

Location: Business School

Closing date: Open until the position is filled

The project
In this project, you will help with running the experimental trials, assisting official experiments and doing simple data cleaning and analysing.

Key skills/attributes

Experience in using Online Recruitment System for Economics Experiments (ORSEE), z-Tree, Stata and/or R is required.

Contact details and application process
Please contact Addison Pan at addison.pan@auckland.ac.nz. In your communication please explain why you are a suitable candidate for the position and include your current CV.

Applications will be considered on a rolling based until the position is filled. Interviews will be scheduled for suitable candidates.

Additional requirements (e.g. references required, previous experience, etc.)
Please provide your previous experience in economic experiments.