Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Postdoc Opportunity on Parenting and Childhood in the Digital Era, at the LSE!!

For those of you researching children & media/digital culture, and nearing the end of (or have recently completed) a PhD, this postdoc opportunity working with the amazing and prolific Sonia Livingstone sounds like a dream come true. I spent an all-too-brief semester working with Sonia at the LSE during my doctoral training, and can't endorse it or her enough -- it's a fantastic, vibrant place, filled with brilliant and collegial people, and Sonia's research is of a caliber we should all aspire to. 

Deadline for applications is August 4th, 2014. Full original job posting cut&paste here:
Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Media and Communications
Full-time for two years
£33,450 to £36,520 per annum

The Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science is advertising for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a timely and original research project into parenting and childhood in the digital era. Applications are invited from outstanding candidates with a PhD in the fields of media and  communications, education, childhood studies or allied social sciences.

The appointee will play a key role in conducting original ethnographic and case study research, project management and research dissemination, under the direction of Professor Sonia Livingstone. The project, ‘Preparing for a Digital Future’ is part of the 'Connected Learning Research Network' (CLRN) led by the University of California, Irvine, together with partner projects across the US, and part of the Digital Media Learning initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The main fieldwork will comprise a series of qualitative case studies which variously examine how parents approach the task of bringing up their children in the digital age. Going beyond the question of how they manage digital media technologies at home, it will ask more broadly how parents conceive of the changes in society since their own childhoods, how they manage them, and what vision of a digital future they have for their children? The project will also identify relevant international projects in order to compare and contrast parenting strategies and practices in the digital era. The appointee will also play a key role in constructing a lively public face for the research in terms of blog posts and social media to engage a wider public of policy-makers, parenting groups and youth/learning practitioners. 
Candidates should have a developing record of excellent quality publications in refereed journals, an ability to write for and communicate with a range of audiences and experience of research management and administration, including workshop/seminar organisation. The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system. In addition to a good salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities. 
To apply for this post please go to ‘www.lse.ac.uk/Jobs at LSE’ and select “Vacancies”. The direct link ishttp://bit.ly/1ogaDaT  Applications must be received by 4 August 2014 (midnight UK time). Regrettably, we cannot accept any applications received after this date. Interviews are likely to take place in late August. Informal queries may be addressed to Sonia Livingstone, s.livingstone@lse.ac.uk

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