Ph.D. Student (w/m) in Communication/Media in the domain of Information Literacy
Scadenza: 19 January 2020
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), in collaboration with the Department of Media and Communication Research (IKMZ) at the University Zurich (UZH), opens a doctoral position in Communication/Media within the project Late-teenagers Online Information Search (LOIS) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS/SNF). The doctoral student will work at the Department of education and learning (DFA) in Locarno and at the Department of Media and Communication Research (IKMZ) at the University Zurich (UZH). This is a full-time position (100 %) for a limited 3-year contract.


The doctoral student will be part of the research team of the LOIS project, which aims to investigate the online information search practices of late teenagers (age 16-20) through a novel approach based on navigation tracking and data mining. The project outcomes intend to support the development of sound and effective information literacy education practices for both formal and informal education.
The LOIS project led by prof. Luca Botturi, is a collaboration of the Department of education and learning, of the Department of innovative technologies of SUPSI and of the Pädagogische Hochschule Schwyz (PHSZ). The doctoral student will be matriculated at the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IMKZ) and supervised by prof. Thomas Friemel and prof. Luca Botturi.


The doctoral student will be engaged in the development of online information search tasks and scenarios in Italian and German, and, in collaboration with data mining experts, in online navigation data collection and analysis. For the dissemination and valorisation activities of the project, s/he will be involved in academic presentations and articles, and in the design and development of Open educational resources.
The position starts in January 2020, with a foreseen duration of 36 months. The main place of work is Locarno.


  • Master degree in Media and Communication Sciences. Degrees in Education, Information Sciences will also be considered, but candidates will be required to take additional courses during the PhD program. Previous experience with topics or activities related to Information Literacy represent an added value.
  • Fluency in the use of digital tools is required.
  • Working knowledge in Italian and German (B1 equivalent or more) and good command of English (B2 ore more) are required for this position.
  • Team working and collaboration skills; attitude to independent work, flexibility and motivation.

We offer

  • 3-year full-time contract SUPSI, according to FNS/SNF regulations for doctoral students.
  • High-profile academic work in a proactive and dynamic team.
  • Engagement and learning in different Swiss academic institutions (SUPSI, UZH, PHSZ).
  • Support and funding for the participation to academic conferences and workshops.
  • Possibility to engage in short teaching experiences in teacher education.

Additional information

The requirements for this position are published as part of SUPSI’s internal regulations (Direttive interne SUPSI - direttiva 7a) and as part of the SUPSI employee regulations (Regolamento del personale SUPSI) at the "Official documents" page. Information about the PhD at UZH can be found at

Further information can be asked from:
Prof. Luca Botturi

Applications should be submitted electronically within January 19th, 2020 through the appropriate form. Applications, which are incomplete, or sent after the deadline will not be considered.