PhD - Gent | More than two weeks ago
Subproject A: Modeling Digital Wellbeing with Intensive Longitudinal Data.
The research group imec-mict-UGent at Ghent University is pleased to invite applications (m/f/x) for a full-time 4-year PhD fellowship in the context of the ERC project “Digital Wellbeing in a Culture of Ubiquitous Connectivity: Towards a Dynamic Pathway Model [DISCONNECT]”. The PhD fellow will work on subproject A of the DISCONNECT project. In this subproject, we examine whether we can model people’s experiences of digital wellbeing as a dynamic system in which the advantages and drawbacks of digital connectivity form a delicate balance. To build this model, we collect and analyze intensive longitudinal data.
Digital technologies such as smartphones, laptops and smart watches enable an ever-present connectivity. This connectivity both empowers us and threatens our autonomy. On the one hand, digital technologies help us manage our everyday life and reach our personal goals. On the other hand, they divert our attention away from our primary activities, and exert pressure to be permanently online and permanently connected. This paradox creates an urgent challenge: How can individuals balance connectivity and “disconnectivity? The DISCONNECT project, a large scale research project funded by the European Research Council that is supervised by prof. Dr. Mariek Vanden Abeele, seeks answers to this question by using innovative research methods. This vacancy concerns subproject A. In subproject A of the DISCONNECT project, we collect intensive longitudinal data from 700 Flemish adults by logging their smartphone and laptop use, and administering short questionnaires multiple times per day. These data are subsequently combined with traditional survey data, to build dynamic, person-specific models that help explain when people experience (a lack of) digital wellbeing, and what role personal predispositions, technological factors and contextual factors play in these experiences. More information about the project can be found here.
You will be a member of an interdisciplinary team, in which your task will be to model the collected intensive longitudinal data to gain further insights into digital wellbeing. You school yourself in the use of state-of-the-art statistical and computer scientific analysis techniques, including network analysis and machine learning, and subsequently apply these techniques to the project data. You develop a theoretical framework, actively contribute to the data collection, write scientific articles, and participate in (inter-)national scientific congresses. Additionally, you are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation based on your research. Finally, you participate in the daily activities of the ERC-team, the research group imec-mict-UGent, and the department of Communication Sciences at Ghent University. After successfully completing the dissertation, you have acquired skills that put you on the map as ‘computational social scientist’.
We offer you a fulltime fellowship for a period of maximum 4 years. The earliest starting date of the contract is 1 September 2021.
Note: If you have been employed as a fellow or research assistant at a Flemish university below, this may have consequences for your contract.
In addition to the doctoral grant, you can count on a number of benefits, such as 38 days of paid leave per year, a wide range of training and education opportunities, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all benefits can be found on the UGent website.
You will work in a dynamic and stimulating research environment. You will work in the brand new ‘De Krook’ buiding in Ghent, a place where knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship are central.
All applications must be received no later than June 30, 2021 at 23:59 (CET) at , with the following documents attached as one file email@example.com:
As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.
Please contact the principal investigator of the project, Prof. dr. Mariek Vanden Abeele, if you have further questions about this position and the vacancy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the imec research group mict can be found here: www.mict.be