Research Fellow

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7068010 (Ref:AHCMC1047)

Posted: July 20, 2020

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in digital media studies, journalism studies, social semiotics, political communication, or visual communication?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

The School of Media and Communication wishes to recruit a fixed-term Research Fellow working full-time from 1st October 2020 until 30th September 2023. 

You will join Generic Visuals in the News: The Role of Stock Photos and Simple Data Visualizations in Assembling Publics, a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which will explore how generic visuals assemble political publics. Do stock photographs and simple data visualizations - which are increasingly ubiquitous and understudied - bring groups of people together around shared interests and concerns? Do they activate citizens to care about particular issues and lead to specific forms of political engagement? Generic Visuals in the News will use mixed methods, combining ethnographic fieldwork, focus groups, interviews, and social semiotic analysis. 

Working with the Principal Investigator, Professor Christopher Anderson, and Co-Investigators Dr Giorgia Aiello and Professor Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield), you will carry out research in newsrooms, analyse generic visuals, and interview members of the public in order to explore how they respond to generic visuals in the news. You will be a key member of the research team with the chance to generate significant knowledge sitting at the intersection of digital media studies, visual communication, political communication, and journalism studies. You will provide research support to the project as needed, and you will also receive significant mentoring from a variety of individual and institutional sources. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:  

Christopher Anderson, Professor of Media and Communication, Director of Postgraduate Research


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of Media and Communication
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (from 1st October 2020 to 30th September 2023)
Release Date:  Friday 17 July 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 16 August 2020
Interview Date:  Monday 24 August 2020
Reference:  AHCMC1047

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