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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Post-doc position at Era-Net The CHASNE Project (https://chanse.org/digipatch/ and https://digipatch.eu) at the Jagiellonian University

07.12.2022, by Media Account

Deadline: 15 December 2022

Despite much research on how digitalization shapes society, in domains such as security and marketing, much less is known about the impact of digital media use in the social sphere. In addition, the role of the socio-cognitive and cultural underpinnings of digitalization-related phenomena is rarely considered. Hence, the role of digital media use in social and cultural transformation is far from being fully described or adequately understood. Given all this, the main aim of the project is threefold: to investigate how digital media creates conditions for cultural and societal change from a traditionally networked society to a patchworked society, i.e., moving parts of society from more open, permeable, flexible networks, to more closed, bounded, rigid “little boxes'' (or “patches”), (2) to discover why this occurs, with a focus on cultural factors, and the socio-cognitive processes of individuals, and (3) to determine what the societal consequences of these processes are. Specifically, by applying the 3N (need, narrative, network) theoretical framework, the project will systematically examine the role of digital media in social and cultural transformations driven by the dynamics between processes of social influence (via digital media use), socio-psychological processes (motivational and cognitive biases of digital users, i.e., as passive recipients, and in turn, as actors), and cultural processes (values, identities, religious and ideological differences). Moreover, it aims to explore the extent to which such transformations entail risks to social cohesion, in digital and ecological settings (e.g., the rise of social conflicts), by decreasing the power of communities and the State to create shared norms, culture, and ultimately cultivate effective social coordination.

The consortium includes 5 partners, representing Western (Germany), Eastern (Poland), Southern (Spain) and Nordic (Sweden, UK) parts of Europe. The project leader is Malgorzata Kossowska (http://cscs.edu.pl)


Post-doc researcher

Addressees of the call for post-doc research positions are researchers with a PhD degree obtained in psychology (or sociology, computer sciences, media sciences, political sciences) within a period not exceeding 7 years prior to the submission of their application to the call. Female applicants can add 18 months for each child, male applicants can add the number of months of parental leave if applicable.

Skills/Qualifications

  • A documented career in fields of social sciences and/or (relevant scientific publications, conference presentations, research collaborations)
  • Strong interest in social and political psychology and/or human-computer interaction (some background in sociology or political science will be an asset)
  • Prior-experience with experimental social sciences or familiarity with designing in conducting lab experiments (as documented by publication/conference participation record)
  • Good command of quantitative research methods, statistical analysis in the context of regression and good command of SPSS or other relevant packages
  • Prior experience with programming tools (e.g. Inquisit, E-prime, PsychoPy)


Post duration: The appointment is initially for 24 months with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 36 months.

Required documents:

Research CV including, in particular:

  • Letter showing the motivation to work on the project
  • Description of maximum 3 scientific achievements
  • List of up to 5 most notable scientific publications
  • List of research projects acquired in competitions (as the PI) from sources external to the Applicant's place of employment
  • Experience as the performer of research projects, particularly in managing tasks under those projects

Proposal submission
Complete proposals in English must be submitted by 15 December 2022 electronically to Malgorzata Kossowska (malgorzata.kossowska@uj.edu.pl)