The Faculty of Arts and the MIDI research group are looking for a PhD-candidate for the project “The Authoring Side Revisited: Tracking Writing and Reading Processes in Multimodal Technical Communication”. Following a mixed-methods approach of interviews, participatory observation, screen capturing and eye-tracking, the project aims to take both the writer’s and the reader’s perspective into account. More specifically, the effects of writers’ effort and content optimization are mapped on readers’ ease of processing and task success. The PhD-candidate is expected to perform both qualitative and quantitative research, to present the results at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, to participate in the doctoral training program and to assist in applying for follow-up funding. Depending on the skills and priorities of the candidate a limited amount of support in teaching is possible as well. We offer a full-time employment for two years, preferably from 1 October 2020 onwards. The project will run for two years. An extension of two years is possible pending successful project funding.
Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
– A Master’s degree in Linguistics, Translation Studies, Multilingual Communication, Technical and Professional Communication, Communication and Media Studies or related fields. Final-year students who graduate before October 2020 can also apply.
– Excellent quantitative and/or qualitative methodological skills
– A native or near-native competence of Dutch, German or English and a good command of at least one of the other languages (written and spoken)
– An interest in developing ethnographic and experimental research into writing and reading practices in the field of Technical Communication
– A cooperative attitude and the ability to work independently as well as in a team
– Prior work experience and/or research in the field are a big asset.