Phd In Virtual Reality As Empathy Machine: Validation Research On Humanitarian Communication (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
February 20, 2023
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PhD in Virtual Reality as Empathy Machine: Validation Research on

Humanitarian Communication (1.0 FTE)

Job description Virtual Reality is a booming industry and is considered to be a game changer. So far it has mostly been used for entertainment and to give a sense of extraordinary experiences. However, it has also been used effectively in the military field to enhance training and simulate risk situations, in the health sector to practice surgical interventions as well as to treat mental disorders and addictions and to aid rehabilitation, in the realms of education, museums, sport, HR, architecture and for climate awareness. In the last decade Virtual Reality has also been increasingly used to think about minority and diversity politics, by making the viewer experience what it is like to face racial prejudice or survive a perilous migration journey. For these reasons VR is widely acclaimed in the humanitarian sector. Would you like to help critically investigate the role of VR for humanitarian appeals by asking how and to what extent humanitarian VR can function as an empathy machine, bridging the distance between viewers and mediated others? Then you have a role to play as a PhD researcher within this broader research project.

Qualifications The ideal candidate has a background and proven interest in media studies, postcolonial critique and humanitarian communication. In addition,

Offer This is an appointment of 1,0 FTE for the duration of 18 months. Starting June 1, 2023, with the possibility of extension for a further maximum of 30 months after positive evaluation in the first year. About the organization A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Additional information For more information about this position, please contact Professor Sandra Ponzanesi (Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies) via [email protected] Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

The application deadline is 20/02/2023

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