PhD Combatting mis- and disinformation in the Covid pandemic (1,0 FTE)

PhD Combatting mis- and disinformation in the Covid pandemic (1,0 FTE)

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25 Jul 24 Aug Rotterdam
Are you looking for a PhD position and do you have a degree in communication science or a related discipline such as political science or sociology? Are you interested in doing research on the online and offline presence of mis- and disinformation during the pandemic and do you want to contribute to the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Center? Please apply for this position.

Job description

We have a PhD position for the research project ‘Combatting mis- and disinformation in the Covid pandemic’. The research project is part of the frontrunner program “Towards social and urban resilience for pandemics and disasters (SURE) of the Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Center (PDPC).

The research project investigates the presence, effects of and remedies for the online and offline presence of mis- and disinformation. More specifically, the project addresses 1) the presence of dis- and misinformation in Dutch social media and in mass media during various stage of the pandemic, (2) the effects of this type of information on knowledge about, trust in and compliance with COVID-19 measures, and (3) possible intervention strategies targeted at increasing digital literacy of citizens by developing an app that trains and helps people to identify incorrect information.

You will perform theoretically-informed quantitative analyses, present the results at conferences, and write a dissertation based on a set of research articles, publishable in international refereed journals. You will be on secondment at the Strategic Communication group of Wageningen University.

About the Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness Center

Erasmus MC, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam have joined forces in the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Center (PDPC). PDPC aims to prepare society for future pandemics and disasters. We will reduce vulnerabilities and risks and build resilience through effective disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery measures. Convergence of the technical, medical and social sciences is essential for developing the next generation of approaches to disasters and pandemics. In the foreseeable future, our society can expect many more and unforeseen virus outbreaks and extreme events because of climate change. But how do we protect society from the next pandemic or disaster? Which of the lessons learnt could develop prevention and intervention measures, and how could research contribute to preparedness?

Specifications

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Requirements

As a PhD candidate should you have:

  • a successfully completed MSc degree in Communication Science, or a related discipline such as Political Science or Sociology. Candidates currently finalizing their Master are also invited to apply, with the condition that the diploma must be completed by the time the project starts.
  • an interest in mis- and disinformation and its potential effects;
  • a quantitative empirical research focus and knowledge of, or the willingness to learn, specific quantitative skills, including (but not limited to) (automated) content analysis, and experimental research;
  • proven proficiency in statistical software such as Stata and/or R;
  • excellent English language proficiency. Fluency in Dutch is a strong advantage;
  • a scientific mindset, inquisitive personality, enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary team, and the capacity to work independently

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of this position is as soon as possible, and you will be based at our faculty ESSB, department of public administration and sociology in Woudestein. The position is for 1,0 FTE. The salary starts from a minimum of € 2541,- to a maximum of €3247,-gross per month on a fulltime basis, in accordance with scale PR of the CAO-NU. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Employer

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.

Department

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB)

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences is home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: public administration, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This also reflects in the content of the (international) bachelor's and master's programs and in research.  Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the ESSB fundamental, internationally oriented research is of paramount importance. In addition, social research for professionals, policy makers, and the society is part of our research activities. ESSB offers a stimulating research environment where major national and international research grants are received. Appealing guest researchers and ambitious PhD candidates come along to conduct their research. Our education is small-scale and works with innovative forms of education such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Both the Dutch and English programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 4000 students and more than 400 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit www.eur.nl/essb).

Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

DPAS covers the disciplines of Public Administration and Sociology. Two related scientific fields with different profiles. Public Administration studies governance capacity and policy interventions. It focuses on the institutional power to organize and intervene in the relations between different social, political and economic actors. Public Administration in Rotterdam goes well beyond the public realm itself and pays attention to public-private cooperation and networks of organizations. Sociology investigates the social structure of societies and the way it evolves. Sociologists in Rotterdam focus among other things on processes of globalization and individualization and on the effects of these processes on international social relations, the labor market or family relations. Related social problems that are studied are migration, flexibilization and solidarity. The perspectives of Public Administration and Sociology complement each other. Together they guarantee a highly relevant and scientific approach to topical administrative and social issues. The bachelor- and masterprogrammes of DPAS are build on this profile and educate students to become scientifically schooled professionals.

Additional information

You can find more information about the EUR and ESSB at www.eur.nl/essb­­­­­­­­­

Information about the research project, including a more detailed description of the content and context of the research, can be obtained from Professor Rens Vliegenthart (email: rens.vliegenthart@wur.nl, or phone: +31 6 22652200).

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained by contacting Prof.dr. Pearl Dykstra (email: dykstra@essb.eur.nl)

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • ESSB/DPAS/25072022

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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Please submit in PDF your application before the 24-8-2022 via AcademicTransfer. Your application should consist of:

  • a motivation letter
  • your CV
  • an academic writing sample (e.g., journal article, Master thesis)
  • names and contact details of two referees.

The selection procedure consists of two interviews. Interviews are expected to be held on 31/8 and 2/9. We look forward to your application

Application procedure

Application procedure

Please submit in PDF your application before the 24-8-2022 via AcademicTransfer. Your application should consist of:

  • a motivation letter
  • your CV
  • an academic writing sample (e.g., journal article, Master thesis)
  • names and contact details of two referees.

The selection procedure consists of two interviews. Interviews are expected to be held on 31/8 and 2/9. We look forward to your application

Make sure to apply no later than 24 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).