Postdoctoral position on Mobile Communication Research

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Amsterdam School of Communication Research

Publication date
9 February 2018
Level of education
PhD
Salary indication
€3,475 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
15 March 2018
Hours
38 hours per week
Vacancy number
18-068

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR is the research institute in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. It is the largest research institute of its kind in Europe and is among the largest worldwide. More than 50 senior researchers are permanently associated with ASCoR, and its English-language PhD program has more than 35 students.

We currently have a Postdoc vacancy in the Digital Communication Methods Lab, part of the RPA project Communication, directed by Prof. Claes de Vreese.

Project description

Communication is rapidly becoming more ubiquitous and mobile in nature, accelerated by the fast adoption of mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, trackers, smartwatches) with ever increasing broadband cellular network speed. This opens up a series of new opportunities for communication, including where, how and when we interact with each other and with the media.

In this post doc project, we investigate what the change towards mobile communication implies for communication and media effects theorizing and research, including the effects of mobile platforms and of the new technical capabilities embedded in these devices.

Some of the key themes included in this project are:

1. Investigating the impact to communication

  • What is the scope of changing usage patterns in different areas of communication?
  • What are the effects of mobile usage and exposure on different populations?
  • Does mobile usage and exposure have implications for our current theorizing, and if so, what are these implications

2. Leveraging mobile technologies for communication research

  • How can mobile technologies be leveraged to aid data collection and/or improve our current methodological approaches?
  • What are the opportunities of mobile technology for assessing media processing or media exposure?
  • What new methodological challenges might we be facing in our increasingly mobile world?

The project focuses on different areas such as health, politics, entertainment and/or commerce. We are looking for candidates that fit one of the following profiles:

Option A: Substantive focus

For this option, candidates are expected to select a particular focus of study (within one of the three areas covered by the RPA). The candidate will be part of the Digital Communication Methods Lab, and work in a team to conduct a series of studies focusing on a sub-set of these questions. The candidate is expected to take the lead in organizing studies and producing co-authored publications, and actively contribute to ongoing research projects with her/his expertise.    The candidate is also expected to contribute actively to the activities in the Research Priority Area more broadly.

Option B: Methodological focus

The candidate will be part of the Digital Communication Methods Lab, and lead the development of innovative infrastructure, tools and methods that can advance Communication Science research about mobile communication. The candidate will also work with a team of Communication Science researchers on a series of studies related to mobile communication across the three areas covered by the RPA, contributing with her/his methodological and substantive expertise about mobile communication, producing co-authored publications.

Options A and B can be combined. The applicant should indicate and motive a choice for either A, B or the combination in the application.

The position is 1.0 FTE. A 0.8 appointment, possibly with .2 FTE teaching time within the Department of Communication Science, is negotiable.

Requirements

Option A: Substantive focus

You should:

  • have a – preferably proven - research interest in the topic of the project, and knowledge of mobile technologies, platforms and capabilities.
  • have a background in communication science, mobile communication technology, and/or media psychology.
  • have a background in quantitative research methods, notably proven expertise in experimental and survey research, as shown in, for example, the doctoral dissertation and publications.
  • preferably have expertise in designing, executing and analyzing complex research designs that combine self-reports (experiments/surveys) with digital trace data (e.g., tracking data), preferably with mobile apps
  • preferably have experience with Computational Social Sciences and/or Data Science, including working knowledge of Python or R for data collection and analysis.
  • have the ability, willingness, and commitment to work in a small, multi-disciplinary team.
  • have an excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals.
  • have excellent organizational, communicative, and presentational skills
  • hold a relevant PhD degree in behavioral or social sciences or in disciplines relevant to the project. Candidates who are due to submit their dissertation manuscript in Spring 2018 are welcome to apply.

Preferred starting date is (late) Summer 2018

Option B: Methodological focus

You should:

  • have a – preferably proven - research interest in communication science and in the topic of the project, with deep knowledge of mobile technologies, platforms and capabilities.
  • have a background in computer science, mobile communication technology, or communication science.
  • have a background in quantitative research methods, including expertise in designing, executing and analyzing complex research designs combining experimental with digital trace data (e.g., tracking data), preferably with mobile apps, as shown in, for example, the doctoral dissertation and publications
  • have experience with Computational Social Sciences and/or Data Science, including proven knowledge of Python or R for data collection and analysis.
  • have knowledge of - and preferably proven experience with - prototyping and deploying mobile apps, including collecting and analyzing data generated by these apps.
  • have the ability, willingness, and commitment to work in a small, multi-disciplinary team.
  • have an excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals.
  • have excellent organizational, communicative, and presentational skills
  • hold a relevant PhD degree in computer, behavioral or social sciences or in disciplines relevant to the project. Candidates who are due to submit their dissertation manuscript in Spring 2018 are welcome to apply.

Preferred starting date is (late) Summer 2018.

Further information

The Digital Communication Methods Lab is an initiative of the RPA Communication, focusing on innovative research and bringing together existing and new projects with digital communication methods as its cornerstone. The lab aims at expand the innovative work on methods, analyses, and scientific practices critical to Communication Science, including work on mobile communication and AI, not only as research topics, but also as data collection modes.

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Appointment

The position preferably starts in (late) summer 2018. It concerns, in principle, a two-year period after an initial test period.

Your monthly gross salary will range, depending on your knowledge and experience, between €3,475 and €4,757 (Scale 11) based on a full-time basis.    

We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities

Job application

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2018. Please state vacancy number 18-068 in the subject line of your application.

To apply for this position, please send at least the following documents in English by e-mail to ascor-secr-fmg@uva.nl:

  • motivation letter, including a brief discussion about how you  fit with the topic and objectives of the RPA/Digital Communication Methods lab;
  • curriculum vitae, including publication list and overview of academic activities and achievements thus far (e.g., conference visits, courses taken, awards);
  • proof of your PhD degree. If you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion of your degree.
  • an academic writing sample in English (e.g., journal article, PhD dissertation).
  • a list of names that could be consulted by the RPA as a reference for the candidate (no reference letters required).

Please send all your documents in PDF or doc(x) format. Only complete applications will be considered. #LI-DNP

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