Early Stage Researcher Position Available

Would you like to join a group of international researchers looking at the interface of journalism and technology?

We have a position within the JOLT ETN network for an Early Stage Researcher to join our team: applications are now being accepted (full details below). The position will be based at the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherches Appliquées en Sciences Sociales, University Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3 (UPS) in France.

The position, which will be fully funded for up to 34 months, will develop research on the Political Economy of Digital Platform Regulation. The researcher will advance the theoretical understanding of, and best-practice approaches to, the regulation of digital platforms such as social networking sites and search engines (Google, Facebook, Apple, Snapchat, Twitter etc.) by public authorities. Applicants are asked to consider the nature, scope and strategies of the different actors (governments, platforms, EU, NGOs, pressure groups, media) that are involved in discussing, imposing and implementing the regulatory framework on digital platforms and infomediation services when it comes to issues such as disinformation, hate speech, online propaganda, media pluralism and political polarization. Applications are welcome from journalism studies, media studies, sociology, economics, political science, internet studies, law and all related fields.

All applications should include the following materials and details, consolidated in one PDF file, emailed to lerass.jolt@iut-tlse3.fr

  • Research Proposal outlining your understanding of the topic, proposed theoretical approach, methodology, field for empirical research, and potential significance/contribution to existing state of the art (max. 2000 words);
  • Curriculum Vitae (including two referees’ contact details);
  • Certificates/Transcripts of Degree and/or Master degree.

All candidates should have:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent (300 ECTS credits)
  • English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5)

The closing date for applications is Monday, 24 June 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (either in person or electronically) between 26 and 28 June 2019. The position will begin in October 2019 and end in April 2022.

Further details, including eligibility criteria and benefits, please see the Euraxess advertisement for this position or view the downloadable position description.

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This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie grant agreement No 765140