Fixed-term for 15 months with a start date no later than 1st December 2014
Part-time, 80% commitment per week, working pattern to be agreed
Grade 7: £28,972 to £29,837 per annum (pro-rata)
Closing date: 11th August 2014
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project Picturing the Social explores the social impact of the wide range of images now shared across different social media platforms and apps. The research involves an interdisciplinary team from four universities as well as industry with expertise. The project is led by Dr Farida Vis, who is based in the Information School at the University of Sheffield.
The role will require the post holder to carry out a 12-month digital ethnography of social media users and their image sharing practices. You will be required to produce summary reports of ethnographic notes to share with the project team. You will also offer research assistance in identifying key literature, including material from industry, media commentary, and policy documents, and produce summaries of these. You will work closely with the whole project team and will assist in the organisation of project events as well as contribute to the Visual Social Media Lab.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience) and have proven ability in using methods associated with the project such as digital ethnography. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and the experience in writing for publication and dissemination, and preferably knowledge or interest in visual culture and social media research.
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