Doctoral Student, Smart Communication: The Situated Practices of Mobile Technology and Lifelong Digital Literacies

Open position at the Oulu University funded by the EUDAIMONIA research institute

EUDAIMONIA emerging call

Doctoral student, Research Unit of Languages and Literature, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: the use of mobile devices in face-to-face interaction)

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are its wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, its modern research and study environment, and its good cooperation with international research and education institutes.

The following position is open at the University of Oulu:

4-year position (doctoral student) in the emerging project “Smart Communication: The Situated Practices of Mobile Technology and Lifelong Digital Literacies” (the position is funded by the Eudaimonia Institute).

Description of the position

The “Smart Communication”-project looks into the situated use of common mobile technologies (e.g. smartphones, tablets) and possible age-related differences in technological skills and practices ( ). Based on video-recorded everyday encounters and the use of multimodal conversation analysis, the project investigates how and when these technologies are used and talked about in face-to-face encounters. The studied language/linguistic context depends on the successful applicant’s language proficiency and his/her project. The overall project focuses on the comparison of two different stages of digital socialization, i.e., deep digital socialization (young adults), and late digital socialization (elderly adults).

The successful applicant will develop a research project on everyday uses of mobile devices and related social practices in young adults (age 18-25), considering talk, embodied conduct, and object use. In close collaboration with the principal investigator, the applicant will contribute to the study of age-specific and trans-generational mobile device uses and technological skills.

Duties, eligibility and evaluation criteria

The successful candidate will conduct research and complete a doctoral thesis related to the project topic. The candidate can also take part in teaching and supervision (max. 5% of working time).

Candidates must have completed their Master’s degree (MA) in a relevant field (e.g. linguistics, languages, communication, sociology, education) by the time of appointment. Training and knowledge in conversation analytic and/or interaction analytic methods (e.g. in form of a Master’s thesis or undertaken courses) and familiarity with video-based methods and/or video editing are considered advantages. Experience in working in international environments is considered a merit. Excellent command of written and spoken English is required; a good command of German or French is considered a merit.


The salary will be based on the levels 2-4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component).

Application and enclosures

Apply online latest on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Please include the following attachments in your application:

  1. A cover letter (max. 1 page) including a brief statement of the applicant’s motivation to work as a doctoral student in the “Smart Communication”-project; a short biography explaining the applicant’s experience and knowledge in the project’s research field; an account of the applicant’s language skills and proficiency.
  2. A short research plan (max. 2 pages). Since the general focus of the project is already given, the applicants should outline their ideas concerning possible linguistic and social settings involving the use of mobile technologies and state more precisely what type of topics, phenomena and research questions they would be interested in, also with respect to the overall comparative approach of the “Smart Communication”-project.
  3. A brief curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) presented in the following format:

-          Full name and date

-          Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence

-          Education and degrees awarded

-          Other education and training, qualifications and skills (e.g. IT and software skills)

-          Language skills and proficiency

-          Current position

-          Previous work experience

-          Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence

-          Publications

-          Other merits

4. An abstract of the Master’s dissertation (max. 1 page) and, if already completed by the time of application, a link for downloading a PDF file of the Master’s dissertation.

The position is filled as of 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Top candidates will be interviewed (face-to-face or remote). The duration of the contract is 4 years. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

Further details are available from

Florence Oloff

Assistant Professor in Multimodal Interaction and Discourse (Faculty of Humanities)

University of Oulu

P.O. Box 1000

FI-90014 Oulun yliopisto

Email: florence.oloff[at]

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