Post-Doctoral Researcher

University College Cork - College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences - School of Applied Psychology

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research

Position Summary

The School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork are recruiting a Post-Doctoral researcher to work primarily on the “Grassroot Wavelengths” Project. The project involves pilot testing technology to support inexpensive, community owned and operated radio stations across Europe, in order to encourage citizen engagement, community deliberation, and the free flow of information within, into, and out of discrete geographic communities. Over three years, the project team will: 1) deploy and test a network of low- power community radio stations in Ireland, Portugal, and Romania; 2) work with community groups, journalists, and public good experts to develop a robust platform for expansion across Europe; 3) enhance use and accessibility of networked community radio through text-to-speech, community oriented programming applications, and other community-supported modes for contributing and managing content); and 4) work within the EU framework to establish a public support infrastructure for local ownership and revenue generation.

The position currently advertised will be based in the School of Applied Psychology (SoAP), UCC, a world-class research-led University. The People and Technology research group within SoAP has a long and distinguished history of research in Human-Computer Interaction and is committed to experience- centred, participatory approaches to the design of technology. The successful applicant will be responsible for planning, directing, carrying out and disseminating a programme of community-focused participatory action research in collaboration with the project team. The goals of the work are in understanding and supporting the interactions between community and technology in our pilot studies, and will involve a combination of desk-based research and field research across Ireland, Portugal and Romania. The post will be of interest to applicants with a PhD and relevant research experience, either in Human-Computer Interaction, or a related field. The project is funded by the EU H2020 ICT programme and involves collaboration with academic, community and industry partners in Madeira, Edinburgh, Cork and the Black Sea region of Romania.

Post duration: 30 months

Salary: €36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project: Grassroot Wavelengths: Highly Networked Grassroots Community Radio through a scalable digital platform.

For full particulars on this post please refer to:

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Prof. John McCarthy

Title: Head of School of Applied Psychology

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 21 490 4502

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Prof. John McCarthy, Head of School of Applied Psychology,, +353 21 490 4502, on or before the closing date 23rd March 2018.

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