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.
Participation in two current projects:
- 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
- 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).
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 (email@example.com) by December 15, 2019
How Do Health-oriented Websites Impact Women’s Drive for Thinness?
In the blogpost for the ySKILLS project, IRTIS members Nikol Kvardová, Hana Macháčková, and David Šmahel explain how online social support relates to the internalization of body-appearance norms and drive for thinness among young women. They also discuss the potential buffering role of digital skills.
European children’s experiences of cyberhate
Marie Bedrošová from IRTIS writes about the cyberhate phenomenon and comments the results of EU Kids Online IV results regarding this issue in a post for the London School of Economics' blog Parenting for a Digital Future.
EUKO 2020 Technical report is now available
EU Kids Online 2020: Technical report detailing the methodological aspects of EU Kids Online IV project is now available.
Children's access to quality health information during COVID-19
IRTIS members David Šmahel and Rostislav Zlámal contributed to a new UNICEF research brief focusing on children's access to health information online and their ability to verify truthfulness of such information in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.