New job opening for full-time postdoctoral researcher

2 Oct 2019

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

IRTIS (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society) is a research team focused on examining the effects of ICTs on individuals and society from the psychological, sociological, and media studies perspectives (see: www.irtis.muni.cz). We are a strong team with a high level of international cooperation, such as within the EU Kids Online project.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Participation in two current projects:

  1. European Horizon 2020 project focused on youth digital skills (14 European universities and the best scientists in the world are involved in this project), starting in January 2020
  2. ground-breaking Czech project to examine the effect of ICTs on the well-being of adolescents (started January 2019) – see https://irtis.muni.cz/future

Both projects examine the role of ICTs on the well-being of adolescents and include longitudinal data collections and experimental data collections that focus on capturing causal effects. This 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, research reports for dissemination to the general public); and attendance at international meetings and conferences. The position centers on the topic of digital skills. We expect the applicant to become a specialist on this topic and develop it further.

Specific tasks for the year 2020: work on the analyses of the new EU Kids Online IV international dataset (data was collected 2017-19 in 19 countries) with the focus on digital skills, preparing research article(s), and writing a report on digital skills based on own analyses and previously published research (a team effort in cooperation with other international researchers within the Horizon project).

WORKLOAD:

  • Full-time job (40 hours per week) in Brno; the job cannot be done remotely.
  • 42,000 – 46,000 CZK/month (median wage in the Czech Republic: 29,000 CZK)
  • Start: January 2020 (under special circumstances it can be moved to February or March)
  • Job offer for one year (until December 2020) with expected extension until December 2023 upon mutual satisfaction with the first year

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph.D. 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 (i.e., digital skills)
  • Ability to work in a team, problem-solving skills, time-management skills, thoroughness, perseverance
  • Proficiency in English

WE OFFER:

  • Work on large international research projects with a highly motivated team of about 20 researchers
  • Close cooperation with strong international researchers and the best European universities
  • Possible participation in the management of the IRTIS team (e.g., learning knowledge about the practical aspects of the team leadership, the project management, HR management, grant schemes)
  • Active support for professional and personal development (knowledge and experience sharing in the team, summer schools or workshops, a wide range of activities supported by university - language courses, sport activities etc.)
  • Flexibility in working hours, home office
  • Six weeks (30 working days) of vacation
  • Office located in the center of Brno, a city ranked among top 10 student cities worldwide according to student view, famous (among others) for its coffee culture

APPLICATIONS:

  • CV with detailed descriptions of previous work on research projects and a detailed description of statistical skills. Please attach published work(s) to demonstrate your statistical skills.
  • Motivation letter
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Please let us know where did you come across this job offer
  • Send to David Smahel (smahel@fss.muni.cz) by December 15, 2019

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