Working time: full time
Start date: January to March 2021 (negotiable)
Application deadline: 1 December 2020
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. We are a strong team with a high level of international and interdisciplinary cooperation.
Currently, we are involved in three major projects
1) 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), started January 2020
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 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
- The projects we are currently working on 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 impact of ICT on well-being among children and adolescents. More specifically, we search for the expertise in one of these topics: ICT and health (eating behavior, sleeping, seeking health information etc), excessive internet use, social networking sites, online communication, digital skills.
- 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.
- Full-time job (40 hours per week) in Brno;
- Flexibility in working hours, home office;
- 46,000 - 50,000 CZK/month gross salary (median wage in the Czech Republic: 29,333 CZK);
- Job offer for one year (until December 2021) 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 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;
- 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.);
- Six weeks (30 working days) of vacation;
- Office located in the center of Brno, a city ranked among top ten student cities worldwide according to student view (https://www.em.muni.cz/en/news/10592-student-view-brno-is-one-of-the-top-5-cities-in-the-world), famous (among others) for its coffee culture; for further information about Brno, please visit https://brnoregion.com/work.
- Professional 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.
The application shall be submitted online by December 1, 2020 via an e-application (Please, use the following link: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/58754). After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from jobs.muni.cz.
Information about IRTIS (Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society) can be found here: https://irtis.muni.cz/
New study: Social relational factors of excessive internet use
IRTIS members J. Mikuška, D. Šmahel, and L. Dědková together with E. Staksrud, G. Macheroni, and T. Milosevic from the EU Kids Online network published a new study suggesting that positive family and school relationships protect adolescents from excessive internet use.
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.