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[Commlist] Two open positions to research digital detox: PhD candidate and researcher

Tue Jun 18 16:36:54 GMT 2019

TWO POSITIONS TO RESEARCH DIGITAL DETOX: PhD candidate (University of Bergen) and researcher (University of Oslo)

The research project Intrusive media, ambivalent users and digital detox (Digitox), funded by the Research Council of Norway, is seeking qualified applicants for two vacant positions.

The Digitox project analyses digital disconnection and current questions pertaining to the extensive uses of digital media in society. The past few years have seen considerable changes in how we communicate and socialize, and digital media present us with constant dilemmas about what good media use is. While many studies focus on the positive sides of digital media, the Digitox project emphasises ambivalence, resistance and attempts at disconnection. The project employs interdisciplinary insights from media and communication scholarship, game studies and psychology to investigate digital media and the role they play in people’s lives.

The Digitox project (2019-2023) is a collaboration between the University of Oslo (media studies and psychology), University of Bergen (media studies) and Kristiania University College (media/game studies). Trine Syvertsen at the University of Oslo is principal investigator. The researcher will work in Oslo and contribute to two work packages on policy and industry, and to dissemination activities. A third work package on users is led by Brita Ytre-Arne at UiB, and the PhD candidate will work in Bergen and contribute to this part of the project. Please note that fluency in a Scandinavian language is a requirement for the researcher position. Good communication skills in English is a requirement for both positions.

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A position as PhD candidate is available at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, for three years starting late 2019. The PhD candidate will analyse media users and their experiences with digital disconnection, focusing on ambivalences, strategies, dilemmas, perceptions, norms or resistance pertaining to digital media in everyday life. The candidate will outline an original and creative PhD project, suitable to illuminate user experiences empirically and to contribute to theory development within the Digitox project. Relevant methods are qualitative interviews, diaries, focus groups, experiments, tracking and log data. Topics or case studies of relevance are for instance:

• Individuals, families, work places or student groups taking part in digital detox
• Experiences with intrusive digital media in different situations
• Ambivalence, media nostalgia and attempts at disconnection and withdrawal
• Dilemmas about screen use in schools, work or family settings
• Organization of detox experiments
• Non-use of smartphones or social media
• Experiences with apps for self-help and time management for digital media
• Politically motivated media resistance and activism

The position is open to candidates with a master’s degree or equivalent in media studies, media and communication, digital culture, psychology, sociology, social anthropology or similar. Good grades and proficiency in English are requirements. Experience with research and academic work is preferable. The successful candidate will be expected to be based in Bergen and be part of The Research group for media use and audience studies, an active group with extensive international contacts, a varied project portfolio and a stimulating environment for young scholars. The position has a starting salary of NOK 472 300,- per year and good welfare benefits.

More information about the position, qualifications, the PhD programme, the application procedure, and the University of Bergen can be found by accessing the full advertisement and the online application form.

CLOSING DATE: August 2nd, 2019.

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A position as Researcher in the Digitox project is available at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, for a period of 16 months, starting in January 2020. The successful candidate will become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The position will strengthen the candidate’s qualifications in academic research and coordination.

The candidate will be responsible for data collection and analysis, coordination and dissemination, specifically:

* Organize and conduct interviews with stakeholders within media policy and industry * Analyse policy/industry documents and interviews and write report/article
  *   Organize a stakeholder roundtable
* Dissemination of project findings and information (web/podcast), organize seminars

The position is open to candidates with a PhD or MA degree in media studies, psychology or a related area, experience with research interviews and/or analysis of media texts or documents, and experience with coordination of academic activities. Oral and written communication skills in English and fluency in a Scandinavian language are required. The salary is NOK 515.200 - 597.400 per annum depending on qualifications, and the position has good welfare benefits.

CLOSING DATE: August 12th, 2019.

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