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[Commlist] 2 PhDs and 1 PostDoc Position in Digital media history
Thu Feb 06 22:29:39 GMT 2020
*Two PhD and one PostDoc positions in digital media history at the
Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG), USI Università della Svizzera
Applications received before 20 March 2020 will be given priority
Starting Date: October 2020 the latest
The research project “The origins and spread of the World Wide Web.
Rediscovering the early years of the Web inside and outside the CERN
archive (1989-1995)” is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
and for the first time will explore the WWW archives at CERN. This
project will investigate how the Web was conceptualized, described and
promoted within and outside CERN during its early stage, from the first
proposal for information management written by Tim Berners-Lee in March
1989 to the consolidation of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT
in 1995. To retrace the internal and external communication flows
related to the early Web, this project adopts a twofold perspective: it
looks at how the Web was spread and developed at CERN by its founding
fathers Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau and by other relevant
actors; it also investigates how selected newspapers and magazines
discussed and framed the WWW in the same period.
Two PhD candidates – We are looking for candidates with a MA degree in
communication sciences, media studies or another relevant area,
preferably with a specialization in one of the following fields: digital
technologies, social studies of technology, media history, the political
economy of the media, cultural studies and similar. Ideally, candidates
are interested in digital media history and the history of the web and
have an international outlook. The candidates will have considerable
experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods (e.g.
content analysis and ethnography).
One PostDoc position – We are looking for a PostDoc candidate with
relevant experience in the field of media history, digital media and
internet studies. Ideally, the candidate holds a PhD in digital media
history, internet studies, or related fields and demonstrates an
excellent track record of publications in relevant journals.
Requirements for all the positions - Fluency in English is required. The
candidates are expected to present papers at scientific conferences and
produce publications in high-ranking journals. They will collaborate to
the development of the institute research agenda. On the teaching side,
the candidates will work as teaching assistant in courses at either
bachelor or master level, helping in the preparation of teaching
materials and tutoring students.
The two PhD positions are for four years. In addition to a tuition fee
waiver for the duration of the four‐year scholarship, a fully-funded PhD
at USI includes an annual salary (Salary ranges, guidelines for
employees in SNSF-funded projects). PhD scholarships are subject to
annual review and successful completion of a progress report. The 50%
PostDoc position is funded for one year with a grant of CHF 42.500.-
gross. The workplace is USI Università della Svizzera italiana, located
in Lugano, Switzerland. Research activities will be carried out
predominantly in Lugano, Switzerland, where the appointees should take
residence. Several visits at the CERN archive in Geneva and other
international travels are expected. Therefore, availability to travel to
other parts of Switzerland and abroad (for purposes of collaboration and
research) is required.
The starting date is October 2020 at the latest.
Application should contain 1) a letter in which the applicants describe
their research interests and the motivation to apply; 2) a complete CV;
3) the names and contact information of three references, 4) university
grade transcripts and certificates, and for PhD students only 5) a
1-page PhD research project in the field of web/Internet history (i.e.
meanings and metaphors of the web, web in long term perspective, web
ideology and imaginaries, web and the other media, etc.).
Please send your application in electronic form as a single PDF or
request for further information to prof. Gabriele Balbi,
(gabriele.balbi /at/ usi.ch) <mailto:(gabriele.balbi /at/ usi.ch)>.
Applications received before 20 March 2020, will be given priority.
However, applications will be received until the position is filled.
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