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Doctoral grant Cyberviolence on social media: a research on hate speech and image-based sexual abuse

Departement: Departement Communicatiewetenschappen
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The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Law Faculty are seeking to fill the following full-time (100%) vacancy for a Doctoral Grant in the framework of the BELSPO Brain 2.0 project @ntidote.

Cyberviolence on social media: a research on hate speech and image-based sexual abuse

The researcher will be embedded in the research group MIOS (Media & ICT in Organisations & Society) at the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Department of Communication Studies, which conducts qualitative and quantitative research on digital media use related opportunities and risks, and also in the research group Government and Law at the Law Faculty, which examines the impact of governance and multilevel government on public law and which complements legal analysis with interdisciplinary research methods. The researcher will collaborate in the interuniversity @ntidote project which is intrinsically interdisciplinary including research methodologies from several disciplines (legal sciences, criminology, social sciences and anthropology).


Job description

  • You conduct interdisciplinary research on cyberviolence. More specifically, you will investigate what constitutes online hate and image-based sexual abuse based on the current legal framework. You will conduct research on digital natives’ experiences with these forms of cyberviolence and their coping behaviours.
  • You will conduct qualitative research (focus groups, in-depth interviews) and a survey among digital natives.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You collaborate on keeping the social media and website of the project vibrant.
  • You will contribute to further grant proposals and engage in a PhD trajectory.
  • You take on limited tasks of teaching and research support in the research groups Government and Law, and the research group MIOS.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master’s degree in the social or human sciences, preferably communication studies, political sciences, sociology, educational sciences, criminology, psychology or another relevant degree.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • You have a working knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistical analytic techniques (e.g., SPSS, mplus or R).
  • You have working knowledge of qualitative research, more particularly in-depth interviews and/or focus groups.
  • You have an excellent command of English and Dutch. Knowledge of French is a plus.
  • You like to take initiative, you are a team player and also able to work independently and enjoy accepting responsibility.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You are strongly motivated to conduct high-level research within the abovementioned domain.
  • You are driven to publish your research results in scientific articles.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You have excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Foreign candidates are also encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of 2 years.
  • The planned start date will be September 1st, 2021
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will work in a dynamic and stimulating working environment
  • The opportunity to participate in high-quality training and international conferences.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  •  You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including April 18, 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on ‘apply’, complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): a copy of your CV (including also publication list and/or other relevant output) and a cover letter in which you motivate your application and explain relevant experience
  • The selection committee will review all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. The interviews of the preselected candidates will take place in the second half of May 2021.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs@uantwerpen.be. If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. dr. Michel Walrave (Michel.Walrave@uantwerpen.be) and Prof. dr. Catherine Van De Heyning (Catherine.VandeHeyning@uantwerpen.be).