INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Philosophy and social sciences, Department of political science
Unit: Centre d’étude de la vie politique (Cevipol)
Director : Frédéric Louault
Promotor : Caroline Close
Title of the position: Research Assistant (PhD position)
Contract type: PhD Fellowship
Contract length: 12 months, with a possibility to extend it to a 4-year PhD grant
Work Time: Full time (100%)
Funding : ULB seed-money
Salary: about 2,100 euros/month (net salary)
The Department of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is hiring a research assistant with a specialization in social media analysis and political communication. The candidate will be working in the frame of a project that aims to analyze online communication of political actors and elites’ discourse in advanced democracies (especially in the Low Countries). The candidate will also be closely involved in establishing a Social Media Observatory in the run-up to the 2024 elections in Belgium.
This is a call for applications for a full-time position as a research assistant for one year, with a possibility to extend it to a four-year PhD grant. In that purpose, the candidate will be asked to develop a doctoral research project dealing with one or several of the above-mentioned research questions, and to apply for a PhD grant (FNRS – the Belgian National Fund for Research) during the year.
CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT
Nowadays, social media has developed into a powerful tool of political communication for individual politicians, political organizations and citizens. The project aims to analyze more systematically political actors’ online communication in advanced democracies both during and beyond official campaign periods. At the empirical level, the project aims to monitor the social media posts of the key political actors (parties, ministers and party leaders) and engagement statistics of citizens (shares, comments, likes). At the theoretical level, the project aims to advance our understanding of the strategies and ideological movements within the political sphere and public opinion. Among other research questions, the project will deal with:
The project offers a stimulating working environment in a dynamic and international research team. The project involves both senior and junior researchers in the field of comparative politics, political communication, party politics and political behavior.
The candidate will be based at the Cevipol (ULB). She or he will have an office and relevant administrative support at ULB. She or he will have no teaching obligations. Within the project, the selected candidate will work especially on the data collection and data analysis. Hence, it is expected that the candidate has an experience with social media data collection and analysis (e.g. data mining, statistics, automated text analysis). She or he will also be expected to contribute to collective work on the project and will be invited to present the team’s research during conferences and to publish individual or collective research outputs.
PROFILE OF THE CANDIDATE
The candidate will hold a Master’s degree political communication, media studies/journalism, political science or sociology. Eventually, candidates with a Master’s degree in computer sciences with a background or interest in social sciences or humanities will be considered.
Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Professor Caroline Close (firstname.lastname@example.org) to dr. Laura Jacobs (email@example.com)
The deadline for applications is 30/09/2022.
A telephone or face-to-face interview may be organized in October.
Starting date is 01/11/2022.
Application should include (in one single PDF document):
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