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Job Faculty of Arts - PhD position 'Mixed modes in the European Social Survey' (1,0 fte)

PhD position 'Mixed modes in the European Social Survey' (1,0 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen
Function typesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Salary maximum € 2612
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 210342
Translations
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/7314

Job description

The department of Communication and Information Sciences is looking for a PhD candidate in the project 'Experimenting with mixed modes of data collection'. The project is part of the Methodological development projects in the European Social Survey (ESS, (www.europeansocialsurvey.org)). The ESS is a large academically driven survey that is conducted every other year in a large number of European Countries. Around the data collection of round 5 of the Dutch European Social Survey several 'Developmental Projects' have been planned that will further enhance the research methodology of data collection in the ESS. The goal of the mixed-modes project is to achieve a better representation of hard-to-reach subgroups in terms of selective response and measurement bias. The PhD candidate will conduct an experiment in which respondents are approached through two different communication channels (face-to-face or by phone). Subsequently, they can choose to be interviewed face-to-face, by phone or online. The question is what is the effect of allowing a choice in the mode of data collection for difficult to reach subgroups such as ethnic minorities, adolescents and full-time working couples. In addition, the project will investigate the effects of the mode in which a request to participate was done on the mode preference of respondents. To assess the effects of absence of interviewers in web-surveys, a traditional text-based web-survey will be compared with a video-enhanced web-survey, using pre-recorded video clips of interviewers reading survey questions. Earlier research showed that a video-enhanced mode is more likely to increase reports of sensitive information as compared to traditional text-based surveys. A more complete project description is available upon request.

Requirements

- Master's degree in Communication Science, Linguistics, Psychology, or a related field in the social sciences (preferably a research master)
- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study
- thorough knowledge of methodology and techniques of empirical social research
- excellent command of English, and preferably Dutch
- ability to work both independently and in a research team
- educational skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full-time employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years.

Interviews will presumably take place during the second half of January.

Starting date: 1 March 2011.

Affiliation
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the 'Discourse and Communication Group' from the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

The position requires residence in Groningen or nearby, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

You may apply for this position before 15.12.2010 to: vmp@rug.nl

Please include:
- a letter of motivation in English to apply for this project
- a curriculum vitae
- a listing of your publications (if applicable)
- the names and e-mail- and postal addresses of two academic referees
- a copy of your academic diploma(s)
- a list of your grades.

Acquisition is not appreciated.

Contract type: 48 maanden

Organisation

Faculty of Arts

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still under-represented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.
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PhD position 'Mixed modes in the European Social Survey' (1,0 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen
Function typesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Salary maximum € 2612
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 210342
Translations
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/7314

Job description

The department of Communication and Information Sciences is looking for a PhD candidate in the project 'Experimenting with mixed modes of data collection'. The project is part of the Methodological development projects in the European Social Survey (ESS, (www.europeansocialsurvey.org)). The ESS is a large academically driven survey that is conducted every other year in a large number of European Countries. Around the data collection of round 5 of the Dutch European Social Survey several 'Developmental Projects' have been planned that will further enhance the research methodology of data collection in the ESS. The goal of the mixed-modes project is to achieve a better representation of hard-to-reach subgroups in terms of selective response and measurement bias. The PhD candidate will conduct an experiment in which respondents are approached through two different communication channels (face-to-face or by phone). Subsequently, they can choose to be interviewed face-to-face, by phone or online. The question is what is the effect of allowing a choice in the mode of data collection for difficult to reach subgroups such as ethnic minorities, adolescents and full-time working couples. In addition, the project will investigate the effects of the mode in which a request to participate was done on the mode preference of respondents. To assess the effects of absence of interviewers in web-surveys, a traditional text-based web-survey will be compared with a video-enhanced web-survey, using pre-recorded video clips of interviewers reading survey questions. Earlier research showed that a video-enhanced mode is more likely to increase reports of sensitive information as compared to traditional text-based surveys. A more complete project description is available upon request.

Requirements

- Master's degree in Communication Science, Linguistics, Psychology, or a related field in the social sciences (preferably a research master)
- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study
- thorough knowledge of methodology and techniques of empirical social research
- excellent command of English, and preferably Dutch
- ability to work both independently and in a research team
- educational skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full-time employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years.

Interviews will presumably take place during the second half of January.

Starting date: 1 March 2011.

Affiliation
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the 'Discourse and Communication Group' from the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

The position requires residence in Groningen or nearby, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

You may apply for this position before 15.12.2010 to: vmp@rug.nl

Please include:
- a letter of motivation in English to apply for this project
- a curriculum vitae
- a listing of your publications (if applicable)
- the names and e-mail- and postal addresses of two academic referees
- a copy of your academic diploma(s)
- a list of your grades.

Acquisition is not appreciated.

Contract type: 48 maanden

Organisation

Faculty of Arts

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The university provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still under-represented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.