Postdoc position in media psychology, communication, or media studies

27 Aug 2021

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher for a postdoctoral position in media psychology / communication / media studies for IRTIS at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Working time: full time (40 hoursperweek)
Start date: January 2022 (negotiable)
Application deadline: 17 October 2021

IRTIS (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society) is a research institute focused on examining the effects of ICTs on individuals and society from the psychological, sociological, and media studies perspectives. We are a strong team with a high level of international and interdisciplinary cooperation (https://irtis.muni.cz/).

Currently, we are involved in three major projects 

1) a ground-breaking Czech project to examine the effect of ICTs on the well-being of adolescents (2019 - 2023) – see https://irtis.muni.cz/future
2) an established European network focused on children online EU Kids Online - https://www.lse.ac.uk/media-and-communications/research/research-projects/eu-kids-online
3) a European Horizon 2020 project focused on youth digital skills (14 European universities and the best scientists in the world are involved in this project, https://yskills.eu/)

We are seeking a postdoc researcher with interest and expertise in one of the following fields:

  1. digital parenting – focus on parents/carers and their individual characteristics, perceptions, attitudes, and parenting strategies related to their children's ICT usage (i.e., online parental mediation); or:
  2. digital skills – focus on determinants and outcomes of children's and adolescents' digital skills, the role of digital skills as moderators,....; or:
  3. experimental design – focus on the impacts of using ICT (exposure to specific online content, using specific apps, …) with experimental design – see https://irtis.muni.cz/working-groups/experimental-research;

Please specify the field that you are applying for in your motivation letter.

Job Summary:

  • The projects we are currently working on examine the role of ICTs on the health and well-being of adolescents. The offered position includes a range of activities related to the data collections (e.g., input for questionnaires and methods); data analyses; a leading role in writing publications and cooperation on other team members’ publications (e.g., research papers for peer-reviewed journals); and attendance at international meetings and conferences;

Requirements: 

  • PhD in Psychology, Communication, Media Studies, or another social science field with relevance to the study of the effects of ICT on individuals and society;
  • Interest in the effects of ICT on children and adolescents, experience with research on the same or a related topic (i.e., research projects, publications);
  • Experience with quantitative research projects and a strong knowledge of quantitative methodology;
  • High skills in statistical analyses and work with quantitative data;
  • Willingness to learn;
  • Ability to work autonomously on the research topic; 
  • Ability to work in a team, problem-solving skills, time-management skills, thoroughness, perseverance;
  • Proficiency in English.

We offer:

  • Full-time job (40 hours per week) in Brno (time of arrival to the Czech Republic is negotiable);
  • Flexibility in working hours, home office;
  • 48,000 - 54,000 CZK/month gross salary (median wage in the Czech Republic: 30,000 CZK);
  • Job offer for at least one year with an expected extension until December 2023 (or longer) upon mutual satisfaction with the first year;
  • The background of a prestigious and successful institution;
  • Work in a highly motivated team of about 20 researchers;
  • Close cooperation with strong international researchers and the best European universities;
  • Active support for professional and personal development (knowledge and experience sharing in the team, summer schools or workshops, support in grant applications, a wide range of activities supported by the university – language courses, sports activities etc.);
  • Possibility to apply for individual research projects hosted by Masaryk University;
  • Six weeks (30 working days) of paid holiday;
  • Office located in the centre of Brno, a city of universities with more than 86,000 students; a modern, dynamic and rapidly growing centre of industry, science, research and innovation, with business incubators and centres of excellence in science; for further information about Brno, please visit https://brnoregion.com/work.
  • Support with your relocation to Brno by our International Staff Office.

Necessary documents:

  • Professional CV with detailed descriptions of previous work on research projects and a detailed description of statistical skills.
  • List of publications; indicate publications in journals with Impact Factor (Web of Science), state IF and/or quartiles of the journals; please attach one or two publications to demonstrate your statistical skills;
  • Motivation letter.

The application shall be submitted online by October 17, 2021 via an e-application (Please, use the following link: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/65097). After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from jobs.muni.cz.

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