Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography

Sydney, Australia, 12. October 2017.

We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography at the University of Sydney:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Literature, Art and Media
Department of Media and Communications
Reference no. 1881/0917

·* Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience
·* Located at Camperdown Campus
·* Full-time, 3 year fixed-term, research only, Academic Level B, Step 1 $120K (which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)

About the opportunity

As a leading media and communications department with a global profile, quality and breadth of research, and strong reputation for social impact and engagement, the Department of Media and Communications (MECO) wishes to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in the area of digital media and ethnography to consolidate and extend its research capacity in this emerging area. Geographic expertise in the Pacific and/or Caribbean is welcome.

About you

MECO are seeking to appoint an outstanding early career researcher, who will build research, engagement, and education in the interdisciplinary fields of digital technology, media, and culture research within media and communications. The successful candidate will:

·* Undertake high quality research on social, cultural, political, or other relevant area of digital technologies, utilising ethnography and other approaches to studying digital media;

·* Undertake a specific research project in the area of everyday digital media use in the Caribbean, Pacific and/or across online and social media (as directed by supervisor);

·* Publish such work in leading outlets;

·* Develop a new major project on emergent digital media practices that engages with ethnographic approaches and methods;

·* Research, evaluate, and provide guidance to colleagues on ethnography, digital media methods and the social sciences;

·* Provide a resource to colleagues on ethnography and other digital media methods, concepts, and approaches;

·* Develop relationships with external stakeholders and partners for research activities and funding applications;

·* Liaise with key researchers and capabilities at University of Sydney, especially in SSSHARC.

About us

Established in 2000, the Department of Media and Communications (MECO) is a leading centre for teaching, research and public engagement in the rapidly changing media and communications environment. MECO is based in the School of Literature, Art and Media (SLAM), one of the five schools of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). Among other things, SLAM is a leading innovator in the application of new media and communications technologies to the humanities.

MECO provides a vibrant, globally-engaged research environment. Communication and Media Studies at the University of Sydney was ranked as ‘4’ (as above world standard) in the 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research Assessments for Australia (ERA). In particular, MECO has established an international reputation as a leader in digital media, technology, and culture research.

MECO researchers are also at the forefront of interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral research initiatives, including the Faculty-funded /Everyday Social Media/ research collaboration, and the University’s Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI)-funded 2017-2019 /Digital Rights and Governance in Australia and Asia/ project, as well as various nationally- and internationally-funded projects.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

*All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.* 
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*Closing date: 11:30pm 12 October 2017 (Sydney time)*

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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