Quello Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Open


Quello Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at Michigan State University Posting #4068

William Dutton, the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy and Director of the Quello Center in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University (MSU), is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow as a Research Associate for a 1 year position, with the potential for renewal. The position is available beginning as soon as January 2017. The research associate will work with Professor Dutton and additional Quello research staff members on existing Quello research projects and in developing proposals for further research. Projects focus on media, information and Internet policy, regulation and governance, such as the Center’s studies on the impact of network neutrality, digital inequalities, access to broadband, and the social dynamics of Internet search. More information is on the Center’s website at: http://quello.msu.edu/

Candidates should explain the relevance of their background and interests to the work of the Quello Center. The appointment would enable candidates to pursue their own research as well as supporting ongoing work at the Center, with the potential for developing new projects and support for continuation beyond the first year. th

Applicants must have defended their dissertation prior to beginning the postdoctoral fellowship. A doctoral degree in Political Science, Law, Policy, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Communication, New Media, Internet Studies, Information Studies, or a related field is required. Candidates must have (1) strong methodological training and skills of relevance to policy research, (2) experience writing grant and funding proposals, and (3) good organizational and time management skills. The quality of prior work, such as publications, and grant writing experience will be key in evaluating all applications. Particular consideration will be given to candidates that show evidence of having strong empirical skills, including an understanding of various methodologies pertaining to large datasets and computational data analysis, such as social network analysis.

The Research Associate position is a 12 month, full-time appointment, with salary up to $45,000 depending upon qualifications. Benefits are also provided. See http://grad.msu.edu/pdo/ and http://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/ for more information on postdoctoral training and benefits at MSU.
Materials should be submitted via the MSU online system:
– Cover letter describing why you are interested in this position, and what training, skills, research and methodological background you would bring to the work of the Quello Center and this position.
– Names and contact information for three references
– An up-to-date curriculum vitae
– One sample of your best work

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. You may view the job description and apply online at referring to posting number #4068

– Information about the Quello Center: http://quello.msu.edu
– The Department of Media and Information is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally regarded for their research on the uses and implications of information and communication technologies, such as the Internet and related social and mobile media. Our curricula address both the theoretical and practical aspects of media use and production, and our alumni have achieved positions of prominence in academia, industry, and government.
– MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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Opening for a Research Assistant Professor in the Quello Center, Michigan State University


The Quello Center at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time research assistant professor with an initial appointment of 1-3 years. We seek candidates with outstanding promise in media and information policy research. The successful candidate will participate in the development of proposals and the conduct of research within the Quello Center. Candidates should be able to describe the ways in which their research and skills could advance the aims and on-going research of the Center.

Candidates will be considered who have completed their doctoral training in disciplines or interdisciplinary areas that complement or build on the research underway at the Quello Center, such as law, economics, policy, political science, communication, Internet studies, computer science and social studies of science and technology. Exceptional candidates may be considered if they have not yet completed a PhD, but are likely to defend their dissertation before or near the start date of this position. The aim is to bring a person to begin research at the Center in August 2015, or as soon after as feasible for the successful candidate. The position will be for an initial fixed term appointment of 1-3 years, but with the possibility of reappointment.

The Quello Center is based in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. The Center seeks to stimulate and inform debate on media, communication and information policy for our digital age. It pursues research that questions taken for granted assumptions about the implications of technology, policy and regulation, and seeks to collaborate with other centers of excellence in research on the social and economic implications of our digital age and the policy and management issues raised by these developments.

To apply, candidates will need to visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (https://jobs.msu.edu), refer to Posting 1075, and complete an electronic submission. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically: (1) a cover letter indicating that you are interested in the Quello Center and summarizing your qualifications for it, (2) a current vita, (3) if appropriate, the URL to an existing individual or collaborative website that conveys your current scholarship, and (4) the names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as your recommenders to the search committee. Review of applications will begin on April 10, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions to Professor William H. Dutton, Search Committee Chair, Quello Center, Department of Media and Information, CAS 406, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 USA at wdutton@msu.edu.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Further information:

Information about the Quello Center at: http://Quello.msu.edu
Twitter at @QuelloCenter

Research Faculty Appointments: http://www.hr.msu.edu/documents/facacadhandbooks/research_faculty/index.htm

Department of Media and Information at MSU: http://mi.msu.edu

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Search for Office and Events Coordinator


The Quello Center at MSU is seeking a highly motivated and outgoing individual to serve as an Office and Events Coordinator. In this role the successful applicant will work closely with the Director to coordinate all academic and outreach activities and events, such as seminars and lectures for the Quello Center. This includes day-to-day visits and reception, events at the Quello Center, and events and activities in other locations in the US and abroad. This person will receive visitors to the Center, assist the Director with his calendar and meetings, manage the offices on a day-to-day basis, support public outreach through print and online media, and work with the Director to support the planning, administration and conduct of all Center events, seminars and lectures. Working with members of the Center, such as visiting faculty and students, and administrative staff within the Department of Media and Information and College of Communication Arts and Sciences is essential. Other contributions to the overall functioning and outreach of the Center are expected.

Basic Functions:

Serve as general office support for the Quello Center;
Manage the Center’s offices on a day-to-day basis, under the supervision of the Department’s Fiscal Officer;
Support the Director in planning, organizing, promoting and holding all Center events, from meetings, seminars, and lectures to large conferences;
Support the Director and Outreach Officer in online and other outreach, such as posting events and news on the Quello Center blog (quello.msu.edu) and Twitter account, and organizing video recordings of selected events and interviews;
Work with the Director in organizing his calendar and meetings with faculty, students and visitors

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Receive visitors and staff on a day-to-day basis;
Maintain electronic and paper files for the Center;
-Maintain the Director’s calendar and support the efficient allocation of his time;
Answer or follow up on phone calls and routine correspondence with the Center;
Keep the offices organized, professional and attractive for visitors and staff;
Work with the Director to schedule all necessary events and the facilities and resources required for the events;
Interface with external individuals and groups on logistics of events and outreach, such as coordinating the video recording of an event;
Tweet and ensure blogs are posted to promote and summarize events and activities;
Assist Communication and Development staffs on promotional efforts;
Support the drafting of press releases, blogs, tweets, and associated informational material;
Support other activities and responsibilities that the Director might from time to time reasonably expect.
Necessary Skills and Qualifications:

Availability to work normal working hours, 8-5pm at the Quello Center offices;
Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a team;
Excellent interpersonal skills, face-to-face, on the phone and online;
Attention to detail;
Ability to write and draft written material, such as press releases, office memos, online posts, and correspondence in an accurate and engaging manner;
Ability to recognize needs and willingness to take on responsibilities necessary to ensure the effective operation of the Center;
Experience and ability to work with computing and related Internet applications, including Microsoft Office applications, Twitter, WordPress, and new applications that can be of value to managing the Center and performing its outreach activities;
Conscientious in following basic health and safety and other rules and regulations of the University, College, and Departments.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree preferred;
One year of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in word processing, spreadsheet, databased, calendaring and/or presentation software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Evidence of ability to communicate effectively, such as in writing samples, letters of reference, and during the interview.
Evidence of effective personnel interaction when working with people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets;
Evidence of ability to work online in a Center devoted to work with leading edge developments around communication and information technologies such as the Internet and mobile.

How to Apply:

Submit the following materials to Teresia Hagelberger (email: sielofft at msu.edu) by September 26, 2014:

Cover letter and detailed resume.
Names and contact information, including email addresses, for at least three references.

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