The School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork are recruiting
a Post-Doctoral researcher to work on the “Grassroot Wavelengths” Project.
The project involves pilot testing technology to support inexpensive,
community owned and operated radio stations across Europe, in order to
encourage citizen engagement, community deliberation, and the free flow of
information within, into, and out of discrete geographic communities.
Over three years, the project team will:
1. deploy and test a network of low- power community radio stations in
Ireland, Portugal, and Romania;
2. work with community groups, journalists, and public good experts to
develop a robust platform for expansion across Europe;
3. enhance use and accessibility of networked community radio through
text-to-speech, community oriented programming applications, and other
community-supported modes for contributing and managing content); and
4. work within the EU framework to establish a public support
infrastructure for local ownership and revenue generation.
The Post-Doctoral researcher, one of two working on this project, will be
expected to be able to travel and spend periods of time doing fieldwork
with the community groups who are taking part in the projects (e.g. Bere
Island Project Group).
The position currently advertised will be based in the School of Applied
Psychology (SoAP), UCC, a world-class research-led University. The People
and Technology research group within SoAP has a long and distinguished
history of research in Human-Computer Interaction and is committed to
experience- centred, participatory approaches to the design of technology.
The successful applicant will be involved in planning, directing, carrying
out and disseminating a programme of community-focused participatory action
research in collaboration with the project team. The goals of the work are
in understanding and supporting the interactions between community and
technology in our pilot studies, and will involve a combination of
desk-based research and field research across Ireland, Portugal and
Romania. The post will be of interest to applicants with a PhD and relevant
research experience in Human-Computer Interaction or a related field. The
project is funded by the EU H2020 ICT programme and involves collaboration
with academic, community and industry partners in Madeira, Edinburgh, Cork
and the Black Sea region of Romania.
*Post Duration:* 22 months with possibility of extension to 27 months
(until end of project Dec 2020)
*Salary: *€36,853-€43,828 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)
*Project: *Grassroot Wavelengths: Highly Networked Grassroots Community
Radio through a scalable digital platform
*Key Duties and Responsibilities*
This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will
be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual
goals in terms of the research project and their own career development.
The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is
expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post
Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be
eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the
The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a
particular emphasis during this stage should include;
- To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and
direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
- To engage in appropriate training and professional development
opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College
in order to develop research skills and competencies.
- To gain experience in grant writing.
- To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which
they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the
supervision of a Principal Investigator.
- To become familiar with the publication process.
- To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project
management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).
- To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the
research group, School or College.
- To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are
studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in
supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with
an academic supervisor.
- A PhD qualification (in HCI or a related field).
- Appropriate research experience in a related field.
- Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
- A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
- Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.
- A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research
- Ability to work well within a team.
- Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance
check may form part of the selection process.
- To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
- To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within
the general scope and level of the post.
- To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the
financial management of a research project.
*For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:*
*Name:* Prof. John McCarthy
*Title:* Head of School of Applied Psychology
*Email Address:* [log in to unmask]
*Telephone:* +353 21 490 4502
Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Prof. John McCarthy, Head of
School of Applied Psychology, [log in to unmask], +353 21 490 4502, on or
before the closing date, 19th September 2018.
Interviews (which can be by video conference) with shortlisted candidates
will be held on Wednesday 26th September.
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