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UvA PhD Position in Communication science, Educational sciences, Human-computer interaction

The Netherlands, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute of the Communication Science department at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and we are seeking a PhD candidate for a project focused on the impact of social media design features on digital (over)use and well-being.

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: old date = January 1, 1970
New Date = 12/01/2021 22:59
January 1, 1970
Joining Date: Apr 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 2434 to 3111 Euro/Month

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Amsterdam , The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

You have:

  • a research master's degree in communication science or a related social-science field (e.g., psychology, educational sciences, human-computer interaction, etc.), or expect to obtain it soon;
  • an interest in topics associated with the digital society or communication technology (or a related field);
  • a demonstrated interest in quantitative methods; experience with data donations, experience sampling methodology (ESM) and/or longitudinal analyses is a plus;
  • an affinity with reviewing literature from different disciplines;
  • skills to handle complex datasets;
  • evidence of English language proficiency (for example, in the form of thesis work or presentations).

You are:

  • Curious, creative, and interested in learning from different disciplines
  • Adept in quantitative data analysis with demonstrated ability to self-teach new techniques
  • Eager to learn new digital data collection methods
  • Resilient in the face of challenges that come with new methodological approaches
  • Able to balance the demands of several tasks (e.g., combining research and teaching) successfully
  • Organized, flexible, and demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently, and you have a pro-active attitude

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Review literature of design features embedded in digital media to increase and decrease engagement
  • Develop a theory driven model on the effectiveness of design features
  • Create, field and analyse a survey study to assess awareness of design strategies and employment of counterstrategies among a representative sample
  • Create, field, and conduct in the wild experiment(s) to test the effectiveness of design strategies and counter strategies as informed by both the literature review and the survey study. These field studies will use an intense longitudinal design and employ the latest digital methods.
  • Writing up findings for publications in high-impact scientific journals and presenting them at (inter)national conferences.

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Documents Required

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;

About the Project/Department

You will work on three related projects during this PhD project. First, a systematic literature review is needed to improve our understanding of how and through which mechanisms social media design features affect users (Study 1). Second, although these design features are ubiquitous in today’s social media, we lack knowledge on the awareness and acceptance of these design features among the general public. For this reason, you will conduct a survey study among a general audience (Study 2), which will also provide insights in the counter-strategies people already employ to mitigate the engaging nature of social media applications. Finally, you will examine how the removal or adaptation of specific design features can lead to a better social media experience, e.g., higher digital well-being, lower digital overuse (Study 3).

About the Employer: University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Note or Other details

The planned start date is April 1st, 2022. The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours per week for a maximum term of three years and two months. The initial term of employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of 26 months, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students.

Your salary will be €2434 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3111 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

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