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PhD Position (f/m) Computer Science,Information Systems, Cognitive Science, Communication Science or Psychology
University of Duisburg-Essen / Graduate School UCSM
The Graduate School (DFG Research Training Group/DFG-Graduiertenkolleg) User-Centred Social Media (UCSM) at
the University of Duisburg-Essen invites applications for a new PhD programme starting in October 2018.
We offer twelve
which are paid according to German TV-L E13 (starting from 46,000 €/year before taxes), for a duration of three years.
The Graduate School UCSM provides an interdisciplinary research environment with computer science and psychology as the main
contributing disciplines. From this interdisciplinary perspective, it addresses research challenges related to Social Media which
are understood as complex socio-technical systems characterized by features such as user-generated content, social interaction and
awareness, and emergent functionality. Significant research gaps have been identified with respect to analyzing and understanding
the characteristics and determinants of user behaviour, both at the individual and the collective level, as well as regarding the
user-centred design of social media systems. Our research will build on theories and methods from the following fields:
Media and communication psychology
Decision making and decision support
Information retrieval and mining
Social network analysis and visualization
Privacy and security engineering
Media-supported collaboration and learning
Applicants should have a background (master or comparable degree) in Computer Science, Information Systems, Cognitive Science,
Communication Science or Psychology and, ideally, prior knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas listed above.
The University of Duisburg-Essen aims to promote the diversity of its members (see http://www.uni-due.de/diversity).
It also aims to increase the share of women in the scientific personnel and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Women will be preferentially considered when equally qualified according to the state equality law. Applications from disabled
or equivalents according to § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX are encouraged.
Applications should comprise a curriculum vitae, documentation of academic degrees and certificates and two academic contacts that
can provide references. In addition, a written statement of the applicant’s research interests and related experience should be
submitted as well as electronic copies of the applicant’s master thesis and/or relevant publications. Applicants are also invited
to express their interest in one or more of the provisional research topics listed on the website
Applications, together with supporting documents, are to be submitted in electronic form to our website
http://ucsm.uni-due.de ("Open positions -> Application") until 2018-15-05.