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The OII currently has 3 vacancies, detailed below.

Data Engineer

Vacancy ID: 163354 | Closing date: Tuesday 28 February, 2023, 12:00pm UTC

Details

Grade: Grade 7: £34,308-£42,155 per annum

The Oxford Internet Institute – founded in 2001 – is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet.
We are looking for a full stack Data Engineer to contribute to our newest project, funded by the ESRC, that will study how video game engagement is related to the mental health and well-being of players.
This is a full-time post, available from 1st March 2023 for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, based in Oxford.
Reporting to Professor Andrew Przybylski, the post holder will lead the development of a suite of tools, allowing a global audience of players who use popular online console and PC-based games platforms to link their player profiles and accounts to our back-end databases.
The work will be conducted in collaboration with half a dozen major video game publishers including Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Novel datasets including video game play telemetry and measurements of mental health will be published along with research papers, conference presentations, and reports. Special emphasis will be placed on how learnings from this research can be applied to national and international health policy and be leveraged to improve research practices of both industry and academic researchers.
The post holder will:
•         Lead the design of an interface that allows video game players to donate their play data for scientific study and participate scientific research.
•         Work with the rest of the team to ensure that the interface can successfully work with the back-end software and API.
•         Gather requirements from the partners who are involved, gaining an understanding of the datasets and how best to process them.
•         Build an appropriate interface and pipeline to display the results from the project to academic, industry, and public audiences.
•         Contribute where necessary to other software development tasks as required.
•         Contribute to academic publications and conference presentations of the team’s work.
•         Work with the full technology stack, building client-side and server-side architecture.
•         Building user-friendly front-end applications.
•         Developing and managing databases and applications.
•         Deliver testable, maintainable, and high-quality code.
Strong JavaScript/HTML/CSS knowledge plus experience of modern JavaScript/Typescript and SQL databases essential. API design, ability to build high quality interfaces and comfortability of working with control systems also required.  This work will involve close collaborations and direct technical contributions to publications, talks, and presentations focused on video games, player motivation and mental health.
Full details of the requirements for this post can be found in the Job Description link below.
Further queries can be directed to Professor Andrew Przybylski andy.przybylski@oii.ox.ac.uk.
You will be required to upload a supporting statement, a CV, and details of two referees as part of your online application. The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Tuesday 28th February 2023.
Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place the week commencing 13th March 2023.

How to apply

  • Opening date: Wednesday 1 February, 2023, 9:00am UTC
  • Closing date: Tuesday 28 February, 2023, 12:00pm UTC
  • Interview date: Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning Monday 13 March, 2023

Only applications received before 12:00pm UTC on Tuesday 28 February 2023 will be considered.

Postdoctoral Researcher (Two posts)

Vacancy ID: 163239 | Closing date: Tuesday 28 February, 2023, 12:00pm UTC

Details

Grade: Grade 7: £34,308-£42,155 per annum

The Oxford Internet Institute – founded in 2001 – is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet.
We are recruiting two Postdoctoral Researchers to work on a new research program funded by the Huo Family Foundation, to study the possibility that the mental well-being of young people across the globe is undergoing a pronounced shift.
These are two full-time posts, available from 1 April 2023 for a fixed-term duration until 30 September 2025 and based in Oxford.
This work will consider the effect of the widespread availability of the Internet, smartphones, online social media and video games platforms. Special emphasis will be placed on exploring the social, individual, and biological risk and resilience factors which might promote or thwart thriving in an environment where the boundaries between the digital and analogue childhood are blurred.
The post-holder will report to Professor Andrew Przybylski and work in collaboration to undertake:
–       wrangling, harmonising, and analysing large scale social and health data,
–       collecting new data in collaboration with technology companies
–       exploration of how transparent and reproducible science can be brought to bear to study the health and well-being of young people in the digital age.
–       collection and quantitative analysis of large-scale epidemiological, survey, and behavioural data.
–       building of open and replicable data pipelines,
–       advancing the scientific rigour in the research area, and
–       discovering new things about how the behaviour, health, and motivation of young people using digital technologies are interrelated.
–       transparent, robust, and rigorous research aimed at addressing the most pressing questions of well-being in digital age
–       guidance of junior members of the research group including research assistants, PhD students, and/or project volunteers
The position is suited to candidates who hold or are working towards a PhD/DPhil in cognitive or experimental psychology, computational psychiatry, quantitative epidemiology, or a highly relevant discipline.
Excellent writing and presentation abilities plus experience in contributing to publications is required. Demonstrated ability working with the statistical programming language R, R markdown, and R Studio as well as data visualisation is also essential.
The successful candidate must have experience with general linear and non-linear modelling, multilevel modelling, time series analysis, classical test theory, item response theory, gaussian modelling, and psychometrical approaches.
Full details of the requirements for this post can be found in the Job Description link below.
Further queries can be directed to Professor Andrew Przybylski andy.przybylski@oii.ox.ac.uk.
You will be required to upload a supporting statement, a CV, and details of two referees as part of your online application. The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Tuesday 28th February 2023.
Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place the week commencing 13th March 2023.

How to apply

  • Opening date: Wednesday 1 February, 2023, 9:00am UTC
  • Closing date: Tuesday 28 February, 2023, 12:00pm UTC
  • Interview date: Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning Monday 13 March, 2023

Only applications received before 12:00pm UTC on Tuesday 28 February 2023 will be considered.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Vacancy ID: 163077 | Closing date: Tuesday 28 February, 2023, 12:00pm UTC

Details

Grade: Grade 7: £34,308-£42,155 per annum

The Oxford Internet Institute – founded in 2001 – is a multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet.
We are looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Researcher to a new two-year program of research, funded by the ESRC, that will study how video game engagement is related to the mental health and well-being of players.
This is a full-time post, available from 1st March 2023 for a fixed-term duration of 2 years, based in Oxford.
Reporting to Professor Andrew Przybylski, the post holder will become a member of the research group with the responsibility of conducting transparent, robust, and rigorous research aimed at addressing the most pressing questions of how digital environments influences humans.
The work will be conducted in collaboration with half a dozen major video game publishers including Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Novel datasets including video game play telemetry and measurements of mental health will be published along with research papers, conference presentations, and reports. Special emphasis will be placed on how learnings from this research can be applied to national and international health policy and be leveraged to improve research practices of both industry and academic researchers.
The post holder will:
– Provide guidance to junior members of the research group including research assistants, PhD students, and/or project volunteers.
– Collaborate with Professor Andrew Przybylski to undertake the collection and quantitative analysis of large-scale behavioural data.
– exploration of how transparent and reproducible science can be brought to bear to study the health and well-being of young people in the digital age.
– Help advance the scientific rigour in the research area.
– Make new discoveries about how player behaviour, health, and motivation are interrelated.
The position is suited to candidates who hold or are working towards of a PhD/DPhil in cognitive or experimental psychology, computational psychiatry, or a highly relevant discipline.
Excellent writing and presentation abilities and experience in contributing to publications focused on video games and motivation or mental health are required. Demonstrated ability working with the statistical programming language R, R markdown, and R Studio as well as data visualisation is also essential.
Full details of the requirements for this post can be found in the Job Description link below.
Further queries can be directed to Professor Andrew Przybylski andy.przybylski@oii.ox.ac.uk.
You will be required to upload a supporting statement, a CV, and details of two referees as part of your online application. The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Tuesday 28th February 2023.
Interviews for those short-listed are currently planned to take place on the week starting 13th March 2023.

How to apply

  • Opening date: Wednesday 1 February, 2023, 9:00am UTC
  • Closing date: Tuesday 28 February, 2023, 12:00pm UTC
  • Interview date: Interviews are scheduled for the week beginning Monday 13 March, 2023

Only applications received before 12:00pm UTC on Tuesday 28 February 2023 will be considered.