Digital Methods

People’s social media and web use generates a vast new source of data that is increasingly mined for real-time insights into the nature of social networks, opinion and behaviour. There is much enthusiasm about the potential of digital methods to support new forms of social research, and there are equally enthusiastic debates about the epistemological validity of such methods and their ethical implications.

You will bring expertise in the use of digital methods and understanding of these critical debates. You will develop a research profile in digital methods that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020 with a sustained record of internationally excellent publications and successful research grant applications. With support from a mentor, you will take a leading role in the organisation of School of Media and Communication activities in the area of digital methods (such as inviting speakers and building collaborative networks). Your contribution to teaching, supervision and administration will increase over the course of the Fellowship through a structured professional development plan.

You will have significant proven research experience in the area of digital methods, the ability to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, excellent communication skills and a clear and compelling ‘5 year plan’.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Bethany Klein, Head of the School of Media and Communication, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6979, email:

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