Graduate Research Assistantship in Media, Communication, and Sociology

 Graduate Research Assistantship in Media, Communication, and Sociology

Title Full-Time Graduate Research Assistantship
School/Department Department of Media and Communication

Department of Sociology

Supervisor(s) Dr Mirca Madianou and Dr Leah Bassel
Start Date October 2013
Entry Requirements UK/EU Applicants Only
Closing Date for Applications 28 February 2013 – APPLY NOW

The Department of Media and Communication and the Department of Sociology are pleased to offer a Graduate Research Assistantship for October 2013 entry to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. This post will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees for four years and include an annual maintenance grant and salary.

About Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships allow you to fund your PhD study through part-time work with the University.

Typical activities the Graduate Research Assistant would be ask to undertake may include:

  • preparation of literature reviews
  • assisting academic staff with pilot research or other small scale research projects
  • setting up, conducting, and transcribing interviews
  • coding and analysing data
  • archival research
  • organisation of seminars, workshops, and other related events

The appointed Graduate Research Assistant will participate in the development of the research project « Leicester in Austerity: Gender, Migration, and Mediated Visibility », led by the two supervisors, Dr Mirca Madianou and Dr Leah Bassel. Further information about the project is available upon request.

Research Areas and Supervision

The post is open to applicants wishing to pursue doctoral research in the growing interdisciplinary area of Migration, Gender, and New Media. We welcome research proposals on any of the following themes:

  • the ways in which migration, gender, and communication technologies combine in areas such as the visibility and political participation of migrant groups; or, the area of transnational families and transnational care
  • the transformation of gender roles through migration
  • transnational political subjectivities and citizenship
  • cosmopolitanism, diasporas, and the circulation of symbolic forms
  • notions of home and identity, especially in the context of transnational communication
  • the role of communication technologies in sending remittances and the gendered dimensions of these processes

The empirical focus of the research is open to all regions or populations. We particularly welcome applicants who wish to develop comparative research or who wish to explore any of the above themes in the empirical context of Leicester as a multicultural city.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Mirca Madianou (Department of Media and Communication) and Dr Leah Bassel (Department of Sociology).

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline and meet the University’s standard English language entry requirements. It is expected that applicants will have a relevant Masters degree or be able to show evidence that they will achieve this before October 2013.

This post is only available to new applicants who are eligible to pay the UK/EU tuition fee – i.e., those who are permanently resident in the UK or another EU country.

The post is for full-time study only and applicants must be able to commence their studies in October 2013.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact:

Dr Mirca Madianou

Dr Leah Bassel

Apply Now

To apply, simply follow our three-point checklist:

  1. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research and how you intend to do it
  2. Prepare your supporting documents
  3. Submit your online application or apply by post

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 February 2013. Applications that do not include a full research proposal and the required supporting documents will not be considered.


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