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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Trust in News Project (3 posts)

We are seeking to appoint three postdoctoral researchers to work on a project aimed at advancing our understanding of trust in news. The position is entirely research-oriented and does not come with any teaching responsibilities. See more about the Trust in News Project.

We are looking for colleagues who can take responsibility for and deliver on distinct parts of a larger project to advance our understanding of trust in news in different contexts and for different audiences, and identify actionable, evidence-based recommendations. Applicants should be keen to contribute relevant insight to the news industry and the journalistic profession as well as rigorous academic analysis of substantially important questions concerning trust in news and their implications. The position is an exceptional chance to be part of one of the largest international studies of trust in news in the world.

The individuals appointed will be working with the Institute's Director, Professor Rasmus Nielsen, and with Senior Research Fellow, Dr Richard Fletcher, as part of the wider project.

The successful candidate will have a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be close to completion) in a substantive area of political or other social science including journalism/media studies, sociology, or data science, along with a familiarity with the existing literature and work on trust in news The ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate a desire to work as part of a larger team including other researchers, principal investigators, and outside partners; and to be a fully participating member of the RISJ to help build its international presence and research output. They will be able to deliver a commitment to the Reuters Institute's mission of connecting research with the issues faced by news media and journalists around the world.

Experience in working with relevant quantitative methods and analysis and extensive training in survey research and quantitative analysis using statistical software OR experience of working with relevant qualitative methods and analysis and extensive training in qualitative interviewing and analysis are amongst the essential criteria for the post.

All three posts are offered on a full-time basis from 1 September 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter) until 31 August 2023 and will be based at the RISJ, in Oxford.

Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 with a discretionary range to £44,045 p.a.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 17 June 2020. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 29 June 2020.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact vacancies@politics.ox.ac.uk.