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(25/03/2022) Job Market – PostDoc – FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation / UNESP – São Paulo State University (Brazil)

Project title: Pandemic Communication in Times of Populism Building Resilient Media and Ensuring Effective Pandemic Communication in Divided Societies
Start: 2022-05-01
Principal investigator: Danilo Rothberg
Deadline for submissions: 2022-03-25
Email for proposal submission: danilo.rothberg AT 
Summary: The post-doctoral fellowship will last for 20 months and includes the participation in a broad comprehensive study of health crisis communication in the context of populist politics and political polarization, which will generate knowledge that will serve as a basis for mitigation strategies adopted by media organizations to be used in future public health crises. The study will bring significant advances in knowledge in two areas of social sciences and humanities: First, it will contribute to health communication research, and specifically to the understanding of the role of communication during public health emergencies. Second, it will make an important contribution to research on populist communication and political polarization.
The postdoc is expected to contribute to a line of research that will examine key features of media coverage of the pandemic in four countries, their implications for the quality of public deliberation, and links to polarization.
In addition to the modality requirements, knowledge in quantitative and qualitative content analysis, health communication and political communication, fluency in Portuguese (to conduct qualitative content analysis and in-depth interviews) and English (for working meetings with the project), and availability to carry out activities in the city of Bauru, São Paulo state, Brazil, during the term, are required. The doctoral degree must be in the areas of communication, social sciences, political science or similar.
This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationality. The selected candidate will receive a Post-Doctoral fellowship from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in the amount of R$ 8,479.20 monthly and a research contingency fund, equivalent to 10% of the annual value of the fellowship which should be spent on items directly related to the research activity.