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Postdoctoral Researcher Focusing on the Impact of Misinformation and Fact-checking

We are looking for a two-year post-doctoral researcher for the newly established European Digital Media Observatory BE/NL hub (EDMO BE/NL) . Within …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Nieuwe Achtergracht, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3807 - € 5211 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

We are looking for a two-year post-doctoral researcher for the newly established European Digital Media Observatory BE/NL hub (EDMO BE/NL) . Within this hub, we will develop and maintain a research lab to test the effectiveness of fact-checkers responding to different types of misinformation.

This postdoctoral position focuses on the area of misinformation and fact-checking. Misinformation – which we understand as an umbrella-term that captures all sorts of involuntary and voluntary untruthfulness and deception – poses severe threats on democracies throughout the globe. It may contribute to declining trust in established media, amplify polarized divides in society, and create a communication setting where facts and expert knowledge become more relative and partisan. In this setting, fact-checking has been found to offer a viable response, and its effectiveness has been corroborated in many different settings. Yet, we know markedly little about the effectiveness of fact-checking outside an artificial lab setting, and the extent to which different formats as well as types of misinformation may impede or strengthen its impact.

This postdoctoral position will contribute to these open questions by experimentally testing the effectiveness of different practical applications of fact-checking in a research lab, varying both the type of misinformation and the format of the correction. The postdoc will actively collaborate with partners of the EDMO BE/NL hub, which should result in practical recommendations on the best performing modes of fact-checking in different contexts.

What are you going to do

You will mostly conduct experimental research on the impact of fact-checking within the broader approach of the EDMO hub. This research should be both methodological in nature - i.e., make use, develop, and extend state-of-the-art digital communication methods – and make a strong substantive contribution to misinformation research.

The postdoc researcher will:

  • develop, conduct, and publish research on misinformation and factchecking;
  • contribute to the overall EDMO BE/NL hub in terms of events, research meetings, and general activities;
  • collaborate with other faculty members within the lab;
  • contribute to policy reports and translating scientific evidence to practical recommendations;
  • engage in educational activities (max 20% teaching, pending).

Functie-eisen

What do we require

  • A clear research interest in the topic of misinformation or related topics (documented by publications and/or grant applications).
  • A relevant background in communication science, social science, experimental methods, or similar.
  • Strong methodological skills in social science or related fields, as demonstrated by research papers in relevant values. This includes at least a strong background in experimental methods and quantitative analyses.
  • Strong methodological skills in social-scientific (quantitative) research methods.
  • Strong research interest in media effects and communication as witnessed by research papers in relevant venues.
  • The ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience with organising workshops, lecture series, or other events that facilitate knowledge dissemination and valorisation.
  • Strong communication skills and experience with working with partners within and outside academia.
  • Excellent written and spoken command of Dutch and English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals.
  • A relevant PhD degree.

Conditions

The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours per week for a term of maximum two years. The second year is pending a positive evaluation at the end of the first year.  Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,807 and a maximum salary of €5,211 gross per month based on a full-time employment contract for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale 11), as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.)

We also offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development. The start of the position is pending final grant signatures.  

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