I love it when these jobs emerge from time to time in academia – there was a similar instance a few years ago when a US scholar completed his PhD on an analysis of the economy and Playboy centerfolds.
Putting titters and giggles aside for a moment, the findings were quite fascinating, concluding that in times of dire national economic straits the centerfold ladies were more voluptuous, and in times of economic boom less so.
Anyhow, the University of Leeds has gone one better with the following:
Research Officer – The rise and regulation of lap dancing and the place of sexual labour and consumption in the night time economy
You will work on an ESRC funded study on the rise and regulation of lap dancing and the place of sexual labour and consumption in the night time economy. The post will involve qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. It is based in Leeds, although some travel to other cities may be necessary.
You will have, or be about to complete, a postgraduate qualification in the social sciences or relevant subject and some appropriate research experience. You will be mainly responsible for access and fieldwork. Good interviewing, communication and organisational skills are essential as is the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Experience of interviewing and conducting surveys is essential, as is prior experience of conducting research in the female sex industry. [Source]
And why ever not?
Here’s to interesting findings and even potential improvements in terms of security in the female sex industry milieu.