Thursday, May 15, 2014
EMPLOYMENT: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Impacts of Technology at Michigan State University
Dr. Shelia Cotten, a professor in the Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media (TISM) department at Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow for a 1 year position. The position is available beginning as soon as July 1, 2014. The postdoc will work with Dr. Cotten to analyze data from existing research projects and to collect survey, interview, and observational data on upcoming research projects. Projects focus on technology usage across the life course and the social impacts of this usage, thus experience studying either specific age groups, and/or the impacts of technology use, would be preferable but is not required. Dr. Cotten studies the intersections of technology use and health. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she has also collected data on one of the largest One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop disseminations in the United States. She, with funding from a large National Institute on Aging grant, has conducted a randomized trial to determine the impacts on quality of life of training older adults in assisted and independent living communities to use computers and the Internet. Her current NSF-funded project, Integrating Computing Across the Curriculum (ICAC), a large school system intervention, focuses on outcomes of computer technology and computer technology training programs for students and teachers.
Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to beginning the postdoctoral fellowship. A doctoral degree in Sociology, Psychology, Communication, New Media, Information Science or a related field is required. Candidates must have (1) strong quantitative analysis skills, (2) experience writing manuscripts, and (3) good organizational and time management skills. Prior publications and grant writing experience will enhance the application.
The Postdoctoral Fellow is a 12 month, full-time appointment, with salary up to $45,000 depending upon qualifications. Benefits are also provided. See http://grad.msu.edu/pdo/ and http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/ for more information on postdoctoral training and benefits at MSU.