[Air-L] Post-Doctoral Position in Security and Privacy Studies
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POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN SECURITY/PRIVACY STUDIES
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION AND THEATER, PHILADELPHIA PA, USA.
As part of an international initiative undertaken with the support of
the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme, Temple University
is offering a 1 year, post-doctoral position in security/privacy studies
with a target start date of January 1, 2010 at the earliest; however,
this is flexible dependent on the selected candidate’s availability. The
selected post-doctoral fellow, along with the Project Director, will be
responsible for administering a project on “Privacy Awareness through
Branding of Security Organisations” (PATS) in cooperation with
institutions in Germany, the UK, Finland, Israel, Poland, and the United
Project Summary and Responsibilities: Temple University’s role in the
project will be to increase the knowledge of existing symbolic
representation of security agencies and security functions of private
industry in the U.S and in the other partner countries. Symbolic
representations are seen as one of the main sorts of communication
between security organizations, industry, and citizens as members of the
public. This project will research the specific significance of signs
and labels in order to reconstruct security practices – and
self-understanding of security agencies – through a set of cultural
categories. The methodology will include content and discourse analysis,
ethnographic fieldwork, and photographic techniques. The selected
candidate should be skilled in qualitative and ethnographic methods and
will oversee data collection (1) at select security conferences that are
open to the public; (2) through systematic coding of privacy symbols and
discourses on web pages, brochures, and in security trade publications;
and (3) through photographic representations of security and privacy
protection in public places.
The post-doctoral researcher along with the director will also be
responsible for 1) coordinating with partner countries other components
of the research project managed by partner researcher, 2) hosting an
international workshop on security and privacy in Philadelphia 3)
attending project meetings hosted at partner countries 4) hosting a
workshop to improve privacy awareness among security agencies.
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes full fringe and
health benefits. All travel related to research, workshops and project
meetings is covered by the Seventh Framework Programme funding.
Applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in Communication or a
field related to security/privacy studies. Candidates with pending
degrees who will have successfully defended their dissertations by the
position start date will also be considered.
In addition, applicants must have relevant expertise in one or more of
the following subjects/methodologies: security/privacy studies, visual
rhetoric, rhetorical analysis, discourse analysis, narrative analysis,
media analysis and qualitative methods.
Temple University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer
and educator where diversity is an essential source of vitality and
strength. The University is committed to nondiscrimination based on
race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation,
religion, age and disability.
Deadline: Review of Applications will begin December 1, 2009 and
continue until the position is filled. We hope for a start date of
January 1, 2010 but that is flexible and dependent on when the position
Application Instructions: Please email all application materials and or
questions to the Project Director:
Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media
School of Communication and Theater, Temple University
hector.postigo at temple.edu
When applying include as MS Word attachments:
1. Cover Letter stating your interests in the position and how your
research and expertise will contribute and relates to the project.
2. An up to date CV
3. Names and contact information for 2 references
4. Sample of written work (published or unpublished).
Hector Postigo Ph.D.
Dept. of Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media
School of Communication and Theatre
2020 North 13th Street Room 205
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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