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Researcher-Junior: Postdoc in Media Psychology / Communication Studies / Media Studies

Employer
MASARYK UNIVERSITY
Location
Brno, Czech Republic
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

Department: Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society – Faculty of Social Studies 
Deadline: 6 Dec 2023
Start date: January 2024 or later upon agreement
Job type: full-time
Job field: Science and research

MASARYK UNIVERSITY

Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies

ANNOUNCES A CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF

Researcher-junior: Postdoc in Media Psychology / Communication Studies / Media Studies

The job position is filled in accordance with the conditions of the Research of Excellence on Digital Technologies and Wellbeing project (DigiWELL, reg. no. CZ.02.01.01/00/22_008/0004583)

Department:  Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society,                                         Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech  Republic

Workload: Full-time

Expected start date: January 2024 or later upon agreement

Deadline for applications: December 6, 2023; expected interview date: December 13, 2023

We are looking for a postdoc in the field of media psychology / communication studies / media studies to join the IRTIS research team at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. 

IRTIS (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society) is a research team that examines the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and their impact on individuals and groups. We are a well-established team based at Masaryk University with a strong emphasis on international and interdisciplinary collaboration (https://irtis.muni.cz).

We are currently looking for new colleagues for the "DigiWELL - Excellence in Research on Digital Technologies and Wellbeing" project (project duration: 2024 - 2028). Within the project, we are responsible for the work package focused on short- and long-term impacts of the use of digital technologies on the wellbeing (social, psychological and physical) of the general population. Our primary target populations are adolescents (12-17 years) and adults (18-59 years). We will also analyse existing data (mainly from the project FUTURE - https://irtis.muni.cz/research/projects/future) as well as prepare and implement new studies (longitudinal design, ecological momentary assessment studies, experimental studies).

WHAT WILL YOUR JOB BE?

The position involves a wide range of activities related to different areas:

  • Data collection preparation (e.g., background for questionnaire design and method development and use);
  • Data analysis (with an emphasis on more advanced methods, e.g. longitudinal data analysis, structural models, intensive logit data analysis);
  • Leadership role in the publication process in collaboration with other team members (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles; technical reports);
  • Participation in international meetings and conferences.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph.D. in psychology, communication or media studies, or other social science discipline relevant to the study of the impact of technology on individuals and society. You may apply for the position even if you do not receive your PhD until early 2024.
  • Interest in the field of ICT’s impact, research experience on this or a related topic (e.g. research projects, publications)
  • Experience with quantitative research projects and excellent knowledge of quantitative methodology, including statistical analysis of quantitative data
  • Interest in deepening your knowledge and skills
  • Ability to work independently on a selected research topic
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to solve problems effectively, good time-management, tenacity, responsibility, thoroughness
  • High English proficiency (at a level that allows you to publish scientific texts in English)

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Monthly salary according to the faculty's standard salary plan + bonuses depending on publication outputs and other relevant activities (gross salary approx. 2000 EUR);
  • One-year employment with the possibility of extension upon mutual satisfaction;
  • Background of a prestigious and successful institution;
  • Work in a highly motivated team of about 20 researchers;
  • Close collaboration with top international scientists and top European universities;
  • Active support in professional and personal development (regular sharing of knowledge and experience within the team, summer and winter schools or workshops, support for grant applications and broad support for activities by the university - from language courses to mental health to sports activities);
  • Six weeks paid leave (30 working days) at full-time employment;
  • Office in the centre of Brno.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send your application via the electronic application link by 6 December 2023 (please use the link in the Electronic Application section below). Attach all required documents specified below. After successful submission of the documents, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from jobs.muni.cz.

Required documents:

  • A motivation letter;
  • A professional CV that includes a detailed description of work on previous research projects as well as a description of statistical skills;
  • List of publications - indicate publications in Web of Science journals;
  • One or two publications that demonstrate your professional and statistical skills.
  • Candidate who is not an employee of FSS MU: copy of evidence of qualifications

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY, FACULTY AND DEPARTMENT

Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic, with 10 faculties and a number of other specialized departments, more than 6,000 employees and 32,000 students. We are a university with a wide range of research areas in the humanities and natural sciences and a strong international position. Our mission is to provide education and research of the highest quality.

The Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University was founded in 1998 and since 2005 has been located in a building in Joštova Street in Brno. Currently, it offers 14 Bachelor's degree programmes, 19 Master's degree programmes and also doctoral studies. It welcomes more than 1,300 new students each year and graduates over six hundred graduates annually. There are over 3,000 students under its roof and more than 250 academic and non-academic staff. Those interested in studying here can study subjects ranging from political science and psychology to media studies, sociology and social work.

IRTIS: Interdisciplinary Research on Internet and Society is a research institute at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University, which conducts research on how people use information and communication technologies (ICT) and what impacts their use has. To capture the breadth and complexity of this topic, people from many disciplines are involved in the research. In particular, at IRTIS we draw on perspectives from psychology, sociology, communication and media studies, and computer science. IRTIS members are both experienced researchers and budding young scholars. More information at https://irtis.muni.cz/

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