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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Militarization of Social Media/the Politics of Videogames

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Do you have an interest in the politics of social media and/or popular culture? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be working with a multinational research team, based at the School of Politics and International Studies in Leeds, under the supervision of Dr Nick Robinson to conduct qualitative or quantitative research into the way in which military videogames developers make use of social media through their promotional activity, the implications of that activity, and of the way in which members of the public respond to that content through their interactions within social media.

With a successfully completed PhD (this includes work submitted for assessment, but not yet examined) in a relevant field of study, you will have research interests in aspects of the politics of social media and/or popular culture (ideally with an interest in videogames) and experience of conducting either quantitative or qualitative research. Your background may be in a range of fields, including political studies/science, international relations, sociology, economics, social policy, communications or geography, and you must be willing to work across disciplinary boundaries. You will also work with members of the School of Politics and International Studies and the international project team to organise events, assist in publishing in peer-reviewed journals and be involved in producing short reports on the research findings for various academic, professional and non-professional audiences during your time on this project.

You will possess excellent analytical and writing skills and the ability to deal with a variety of tasks to set deadlines. The ability to work alone or as part of a team is essential, as are strong organisational skills. The post may involve some travel and stays away from home, for example to participate in team meetings and/or to attend local, national or international conferences.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Nick Robinson, Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4790, email:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Education, Social Sciences & Law
School/Institute:  School of Politics & International Studies (POLIS)
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £26,052 to £31,076 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (4 months (due to funding restrictions))
Closing Date:  Tuesday 22 August 2017
Reference:  ESLPO1022
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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