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*One-Year Post-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship*

University College Dublin, School of Sociology
Dublin, Ireland

Project:‘Tweeting to #Repealthe8th: Challenging the legal regime and Irish
attitudes to abortion?’ Duration: 12 months
Application deadline: 10 June 2016
Start: ASAP
Project leader: Dr Sara O’Sullivan, [log in to unmask]

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*Position Summary *

The project will map and analyse a large corpus of tweets using the hashtag
#repealthe8th, with a particular focus on the material highlighted, shared
and discussed by users. The aim is to understand how the medium
facilitates, shapes and structures discussion of and lobbying around a
political issue. It will also explore the limitations of Twitter as a forum
for political action via in-depth interviews with tweeters using this
hashtag. This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a
specified programme of research supported by research training and
development under the supervision and direction of a Principal
Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your
research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in
peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals,
the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop
your skills in research led teaching.

*Salary: €33,975 per annum *

*Principal Duties and Responsibilities *

   - Conduct a specified programme of research and scholarship under the
   supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator.
   - Engage in appropriate training and professional development
   opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, your School or
   Institute, or the University.
   - Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which
   you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the
   supervision of your Principal Investigator.
   - Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research
   group, School and Institute.
   - Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research
   graduate students in your School and Institute.
   - Carry out administrative work associated with your programme of

*Selection Criteria *

*    Mandatory *

   - PhD in Sociology, Information Studies, Media Studies, Political
   Science, Computer Science or a cognate discipline
   - Experience in relevant quantitative research techniques including
   social network mapping and analysis.
   - Evidence of strong computing skills, including knowledge of software
   used to retrieve social media data and other digital research management/
   social media research tools.
   - A demonstrated commitment to research and publications.
   - An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful
   research project.
   - Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations,
   awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals,
   and experience of writing a funding application).
   - Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc).
   - Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven
   ability to work to deadlines.

*   Desirable*

   - Experience of sourcing and analysing Twitter content.
   - Experience using innovative data visualisation methods.
   - Familiarity with research on social media and the contemporary public
   - Familiarity with feminist research on reproductive justice.
   - Experience of qualitative research methods.
   - Experience in setting own research agenda.

For further information please contact Dr. Sara O'Sullivan,*
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