PhD position (f/m, 1,0 fte)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
June 19 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Characteristics and Consequences of Social Media Use by Teenagers

Within the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Vital Citizens, there is a position opening for a PhD candidate. Security and resilience are not only determined by one's immediate environment but also by one's virtual environment and by the interactions between these two environments. The project is targeted at examining the factors underlying effective self-presentation in the social media by Rotterdam teenagers. In this project, (1) the linguistic and cognitive skills of a group of teenagers will be assessed via a battery of standardized tests, (2) their social media output will be analyzed using text-mining procedures, and (3) the impact of this output on their peers will be examined in controlled experiments. The overarching goal of the project is to examine the cognitive and linguistic factors underlying effective self-presentation in the social media.

The candidate is responsible for experimental design, task selection, data collection, data analysis, and writing scientific papers for leading international peer reviewed scientific journals. The PhD candidate will participate in scientific meetings and departmental presentations. Following a PhD training in de Graduate School, and follow specific courses and participation in international conferences is part of the position.

  • preferably a degree in cognitive psychology or other relevant fields (e.g., computational linguistics, developmental psychology); a completed, relevant research Master is recommended;

  • excellent writing skills;

  • a strong drive to conduct research;

  • experience or affinity with text mining;

  • experience with experimental psychology;

  • flexibility and stress resistance;

  • excellent command of both Dutch and English;

  • an open personality with excellent communication - and organizational skills

  • ability to work well in a team, but also at a high degree of autonomy.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess