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[ecrea] Job Posting: 2 PhD positions at USI, Lugano, Switzerland
Thu May 17 20:27:33 GMT 2018
2 fully funded Ph.D. student positions at the Institute for
Communication Technologies, Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI
Università della Svizzera italiana
Starting in September 2018
The Institute for Communication Technologies invites applications for
two fully funded Ph.D. positions in Communication Sciences for
conducting research in the project entitled “Visualisierte Beziehungen –
Funktionen und Problemfelder. Eine repertoire-orientierte Untersuchung
visueller und bildbezogener Kommunikation in Paar- und
Freundschaftsdyaden in der Schweiz“. ["Visualized relationships –
functions and problems. A repertoire-oriented investigation of visual
and image-related communication among couples and friends in
Switzerland"]. The project description in German and English language
can be found here
The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) for
a duration of 39 months, starting on September 1, 2018.
The research project will investigate the role of visual communication
in close social relationships in Switzerland. Therefore, the
communication repertoires and routines of couples and close friends will
be studied with an in-depth qualitative approach that combines verbal
interviews with visual methods. Visual communication will be examined in
relation to non-visual practices of online and face-to-face
communication. Two key research objectives are: (1) to explore the role
and importance of visual and image-related practices in the
communication repertoires scrutinizing both, social functions and
potentially problematic uses, and (2) to explore which rules and norms
of visual everyday communication are established within these relationships.
**The Ph.D. Position**
The doctoral students will be enrolled in the Ph.D. program in
Communication Sciences. The doctoral students will work under the
scientific supervision of the project leader prof. Dr. Katharina
Lobinger. The successful candidates will be offered the possibility to
work in a dynamic research team and in a multidisciplinary and
international scientific environment.
Ideal candidates should satisfy the following requirements:
- A Master’s degree in Media and Communication or in closely related
fields, finished prior to appointment
- Expertise in qualitative research methods in the social sciences
(especially qualitative interviews, content analysis), preferably also
with knowledge of relevant methodological software, such as NVivo
- Interest in visual communication and online communication and their
uses in everyday life
- Good skills in oral and written English (official language of the
- Good oral and writing skills in one (but preferably in two) national
Swiss languages (German, French, Italian, Romansh)
- Ability to work independently and to plan and direct own work
- Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in teams
- High motivation for research tasks
Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive. Admission
decisions are based on the candidate’s background, interests, attitude
and potential for academic achievement. Successful enrolment in the
Ph.D. program and the position as doctoral researcher are not compatible
with a further professional activity.
The successful candidates will work as research assistants at the
Institute of Communication Technologies, and will have the possibility
to interact with an international network of collaborators. Workplace is
USI Università della Svizzera italiana, located in Lugano, Switzerland.
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is a young and lively
university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are
offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully
engaged and take center stage, and where our researchers can count on
having the space to freely pursue their initiative.
Established in 1996, USI is in constant evolution, always taking on new
challenges while remaining true to its three guiding principles:
quality, openness and responsibility.
The Institute for Communication Technologies (ITC) studies the mutual
interactions between information technologies and human communication
processes. The positions will be situated in the institute’s area of
research that is dedicated to networked photography, online
communication, digital (visual) culture, ethics for the digital age, and
creative and visual research methods.
Applications should contain (1) a letter in which the applicants
describe their research interests and the motivation to apply, (2) a CV,
(3) copies of relevant diplomas, certificates as well as the full
transcript of records that prove the candidates’ eligibility for
doctoral studies in Communication Sciences, and (4) the names of two
academic references that can be contacted for further information.
Please send your application or requests for further information to
((katharina.lobinger /at/ usi.ch)<mailto:(katharina.lobinger /at/ usi.ch)>) with the
subject “Ph.D. SNF”.
Applications received before June 15, 2018, will be given priority.
USI strives to be an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and
is further responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We guarantee
that the selection process will give equal opportunities to female and
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