Ph.D. position in Computational Communication Science

The PhD Candidate will work as part of the Project Team "Inside the filter bubble: A framework for deep semantic analysis of mobile news consumption traces", …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The PhD Candidate will work as part of the Project Team "Inside the filter bubble: A framework for deep semantic analysis of mobile news consumption traces", a collaboration between the VU, UvA (University of Amsterdam), CWI (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science) and the Netherlands eScience Centre.

In this project we will develop and use tracking techniques to analyse mobile news consumption patterns to determine the impact of biased and homogeneous news diets on political knowledge and attitudes. Online and mobile news consumption leaves digital traces that are used to personalize news supply, possibly creating filter bubbles where people are exposed to a low diversity of issues and perspectives that match their preferences. Filter bubbles can be detrimental for the role of journalism in democracy and are therefore subject to considerable debate among academics and policymakers alike. The goal of this project is to develop techniques for analysing (mobile) news consumption patterns to determine the impact of selective news exposure on political knowledge and attitudes. This will contribute to the quality of (digital) journalism, news supply and democracy.

Tasks
Together with the other members of the project team, you will conduct the substantive analysis of these data and write papers as outlined in the project proposal, culminating in a dissertation to be defended at the VU. See ccs.amsterdam/projects/jeds for the project description or mail us for the full proposal.

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Requirements
We are looking for a candidate that has either a degree in communication science, journalism, or related with strong affinity with computational methods; or a degree in data science, computer science or similar with strong affinity with news and societal problems. Candidates that expect to obtain their degree in the near future are also invited to apply.

In particular, we are looking for a candidate that has (some or all of):
- knowledge of relevant programming languages (preferably Python and R);
- experience in analyzing large datasets, especially of textual data;
- familiarity with communication science literature on news and audience/effects research;
- excellent written and spoken command of English (understanding Dutch is an advantage since the raw data will be mainly in Dutch);
- good skills at organizing a project and working in a team;
- interest in working in an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with experts in computational linguistics, communication science, law, and eScience.

Conditions

The appointment will be for a total of four years. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year, extendable upon a positive evaluation.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at www.workingatvu.nl like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts
€ 2222,00 gross per month in the first year up to € 2840,00 in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.

Additional information

For additional information please contact:
Wouter van Atteveldt
phone: +31 6 42740725

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