Postdoctoral Position

University of Zurich


July 6, 2021


Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ)

Postdoctoral Position

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The Media Change and Innovation Division, Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ), University of Zurich is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position. The successful applicant will contribute to a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) led by Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer and Dr. Moritz Büchi and also work on further topics that align with the division's research program. The SNSF project aims at conceptually capturing and empirically assessing chilling effects, i.e., inhibitory effects on people's digital communication behaviors that result from their sense of being surveilled online from an empirical communication science perspective. The division's research program further focuses, among other things, on digitalization as socio-technical transformation, governance of media change, digital inequalities, algorithmic selection in everyday life, and digital well-being (see here the division's recent research focus).

Your responsibilities

As a postdoctoral researcher in our team you will

  • Contribute to the project The Chilling Effects of Dataveillance: Conceptual Advances and Empirical Evidence for Switzerland
  • Conduct original theoretical and empirical (quantitative and/or computational) research along the lines of the division's research and teaching areas
  • (Co)author academic publications
  • Participate in academic exchange (e.g., conferences, departmental talks) and support outreach activities that target the public
  • Contribute to teaching and student supervision aligned with the division's teaching priorities, mentor PhD students in the division
  • Attain further academic qualifications (e.g., colloquia, research seminars, or summer/winter schools)
  • Your profile
  • PhD degree in communication or a related discipline relevant to the SNSF project or the division's research program
  • Experience with and/or interest in conducting interdisciplinary research on what digitalization means for well-being, reality construction, social order, democracy, privacy, and autonomy
  • Excellent ability to apply at least one of the following quantitative methods: mobile experience sampling and analysis of longitudinal data, experimental designs, survey questionnaire design, descriptive and advanced statistics (e.g., structural equation modeling), agent-based simulation
  • Excellent time management, ability to take initiative, and independent work attitude under the guidance of the division chair
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in English and German or willingness to acquire a passive understanding of German in the medium term
  • What we offer
  • A supportive, globally connected, research-oriented team with an interdisciplinary approach using innovative methods
  • An excellent opportunity to develop academic qualifications and gain credentials and experience in the interdisciplinary fields of digital media use, well-being, algorithms, governance, privacy, and dataveillance
  • Strong support for career development, including funding opportunities for conference travel and summer/winter schools
  • An attractive work environment: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading universities in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world
  • An internationally highly successful department: IKMZ is among the top 5 communication science departments in Europe and the top 20 worldwide
  • Internationally competitive salary
  • Place of work

    Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich

    Start of employment

    The planned starting date for this position is 1 November 2021. Depending on availability, the start can be postponed to February 2022 at the latest.

    The contract is for 3.5 years and can be renewed.

    The deadline for applications is 6 July 2021. Review starts immediately and early submissions are encouraged, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit your application containing your CV including a list of publications and conference presentations, grade transcripts, copy of degrees, up to three selected publications (e.g., journal articles, dissertation chapter), and a short letter of motivation (max. 2 pages A4) using the Apply Now button.