Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences - School of Government and Society

Full Time/fixed term for 8 months

Brief Job Description

The P1 team aim to appoint a full-time, eight month, Research Fellow position to deepen our understanding of state threats in different language settings. A range of ‘new’ threats have emerged in recent years, however little research has been undertaken to place emerging risks in historical context, or understand how social media and new technologies impact on forms of threat. The nine-month Research Fellow position will have a particular focus on the ways in which threat dynamics have evolved in light of new media technologies. How do communication strategies, which are designed to persuade audiences, operate in different language settings? In what ways have technologies enabled new forms of online persuasion and deception? How do states or leaders deploy disinformation?

The Research Fellow will be supported by a Co-I provisionally scheduled to work on one-day a week in support of the CREST P1 team. The programme of work will incorporate a range of approaches (political and historical studies; sociology and language-based area studies; media and communications studies; and psychology). The Research Fellow will also support the activities of the PI and the wider ‘Actors and Narratives’ team, in order to produce deliverables.

Person Specification

- It is essential that the applicant has a PhD in a cognate subject (Language-based Area Studies; Communication Studies; Political Science)
- It is essential that the applicant has written and published academic work on the role of new media
- It is desirable – although not essential – that the applicant has an interest in cyber security
- It is desirable – although not essential – that the applicant has an interest in applied research, alongside some regional expertise
- It is desirable that the applicant has a wider interest in social media, social movements and applied narrative research
- It is desirable that the applicant will be able to start work, no later than the end of February
- It is essential that applicant will have a range of language skills (i.e. fluency in one national language, and one regional language, beyond English)
- It is desirable that the applicant has an interest in contributing to post-graduate teaching – under the guidance of the PI

For informal inquiries

Contact Dr Cerwyn Moore at: 
Full time starting salary: £30,626.01

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