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Two Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Digital Media Research

Salary: Grade 7: £31,604 to £38,833 per annum

Closes: 14 Dec 2017

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) are seeking to appoint two post-doctoral Researcher Fellows to work on the new Oxford Martin School Programme on Misinformation, Science and Media aimed at analysing the interplay between misinformation campaigns, news coverage, and social media for public understanding of science and innovation.

We are looking for colleagues who can help us develop an interdisciplinary approach to the problem at hand combining survey research, content analysis, qualitative research, and computational social science and take responsibility for and deliver on distinct parts of this larger project. These positions are an exceptional chance to be part of a project tackling a pressing problem and part of one of the most dynamic centres of research on digital media and journalism.

The purpose of the project is to understand the interplay between misinformation campaigns, news media, and social media in different contexts around various scientific and technological issues (e.g. climate science and artificial intelligence) and on that basis help scientists, journalists, policymakers and citizens have more constructive conversations around science, technology, and innovation in the future. The project output will include both academic publications and publications oriented primarily at professional and policymaker audiences and will emphasise public engagement as well as original research.

The positions are suited to candidates who have recently completed (or are near completion of) a doctorate on any relevant discipline (for example, journalism/media studies, sociology, political science or social data science, although this list is only indicative) and with experience of working with relevant qualitative, quantitative, and/or computational methods. The ideal candidates will also have a substantive interest in one or more domains of science policy.

Excellent writing, presentation abilities, and analytical skills are required. A record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals and the ability to obtain research funding, both commensurate with the stage of the candidate’s academic career, are very desirable.

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