[Air-L] Funded Ph.D. position studying "Finding, revealing, and evaluating information online"

David Brake d.r.brake at lse.ac.uk
Mon Sep 15 03:14:29 PDT 2008

Couldn't resist cross-posting this since it overlaps so precisely with  
what we have just been talking about!

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Uwe Matzat" <u.matzat at tm.tue.nl>
> Date: 15 September 2008 10:56:37 BST
> To: citasa at list.citasa.org
> Subject: [CITASA] funded Ph.D. position
> Reply-To: u.matzat at tm.tue.nl
> Dear colleagues,
> I would be thankful for distributing this information to Master  
> students
> interested in the field of internet research. I'm available for  
> incoming
> questions.
> Best regards,
> Uwe Matzat
> ---
> The Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) has the  
> following
> vacancy
> PhD student on the project "Surfing the information waves: Finding,
> revealing, and evaluating information online"
> at the School of Innovation Sciences.
> Job description
> The Ph.D. student is expected to do research leading to a Ph.D.  
> thesis in
> the project "Surfing the information waves: Finding, revealing, and
> evaluating information online". At the core of this project lies the
> question how people deal with the reliability of information on the
> Internet, to what extent the formal and informal mechanisms that
> facilitate reliable exchange of information offline have online
> equivalents, and to what extent new online mechanisms and tools are  
> and
> can be developed to facilitate reliable information exchange.
> Typical questions of interest are: How do people discern useful and
> reliable information from useless and unreliable information in online
> settings? How can users be motivated to provide reliable information  
> and
> how can the provision of unreliable information be minimized? To what
> extent do the answers to these questions depend on the kind of online
> setting? For the project we anticipate doing research in several  
> areas of
> application, such as medical information sites and groups, social
> networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Xing, etc), and
> general economic and consumer sites, such as eBay, Amazon.
> Requirements
> The candidate should have a Masters degree (or equivalent) in the  
> social
> sciences (sociology, psychology, political or communication science),
> excellent knowledge and skills in quantitative methods of data  
> analysis,
> and familiarity with new forms of online communication. Most of all,  
> we
> are looking for someone with a natural curiosity with respect to  
> online
> interaction of any kind. Knowledge about theories pertaining to the  
> topic
> in (social) psychology or sociology would be an additional asset. The
> candidate should be proficient in English (speaking and writing).
> Conditions of employment
> We offer a (full-time) Ph.D. position for 4 years. Gross salaries  
> are in
> the range of €28K gross per annum in the first year and €35K during  
> the
> fourth year and include attractive benefits (e.g. technical
> infrastructure, child care, sports facilities). A small teaching  
> load can
> be part of the job.
> More information can be found at:
> http://www.tue-tm.org/snijders/PhD/
> Application
> Send your application or requests for further information by email to
> Prof. dr. C. Snijders (c.c.p.snijders 'at' tue.nl). The application  
> should
> consist of a motivation for your application, and extended curriculum
> vitae, a description of your obtained scientific degree, and a list of
> courses and the grades you obtained for those courses.
> --
> =======================================
> Uwe Matzat
> Sociology Section
> Department of Technology Management
> Eindhoven University of Technology
> P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven
> The Netherlands
> ---------------
> phone: +31 40 247-8392
> email: u.matzat at tm.tue.nl
> http://www.tue-tm-soc.nl/~matzat/
> =======================================
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David Brake, Doctoral Student in Media and Communications, London  
School of Economics & Political Science
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