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Open Position: Postdoc in Internet, Algorithms & Society at the University of Zurich

17.01.2019 10:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Media Change & Innovation Division (Prof. Michael Latzer, at the IKMZ – Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland invites applications for:

Postdoc (initially 2 years but can be renewed) in the field of Internet, Algorithms and Society

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, CV, transcripts and a written scientific contribution (e.g., publication, excerpt from the dissertation) in a single PDF file via email to Valeria Rieser ( by March 1, 2019.

The selection process will begin in March 2019. However, the job offer remains open until qualified candidates are found.

The University of Zurich strives to increase the proportion of women in academic positions and therefore particularly invites applications by qualified female researchers.

Job specifications

Algorithmic selection, e.g., current project on The Significance of Algorithmic Selection for Everyday Life including survey, tracking and interviews in the domains of information seeking and opinion formation, consumption and commercial transactions, social communication and entertainment on the Internet and/or

Internet use, longitudinal World Internet Project – Switzerland, representative survey on Internet use and attitudes towards issues such as privacy online, participation, digital well-being etc. in the Swiss population and/or

Governance and regulation, ethics and business model analysis in relation to the impact of digitization, artificial intelligence and algorithmic selection in communication processes.

Further academic qualification along the lines of the division’s research and teaching areas.

We offer

Excellent conditions for research on highly topical issues, integration into a highly motivated and globally connected team at a leading institute for communication sciences in Europe, opportunity for additional training in theory and also in qualitative as well as quantitative methods, opportunity to deepen didactical skills, and adequate pay.

Job requirements

  • PhD in communication studies or a related discipline
  • Expertise in quantitative methods
  • Passive knowledge of German

More information can be found here

Contact: Dr. Moritz Büchi (

Starting date: May 2019 or as agreed upon



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