Job: Postdoctoral Researcher – Immersive Virtual Worlds at University of Georgia

Call for Applications

Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Advertising & Public Relations
Grady College of Journalism  & Mass Communication
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, USA
Posting Number: G/R14842P

Anticipated Start Date: November 01, 2021
Posting Date: September 10, 2021

Position open until filled


This position is funded by University of Georgia and the selected candidate will be positioned in Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The position provides individuals who hold a doctoral degree with the opportunity to receive mentorship and training from researchers working on designing and implementing social science studies on immersive virtual worlds. The successful applicant will work closely with the principal investigator, Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, and co-investigators to conduct current and planned research projects.


The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.


Approximate percentage of time spent on each task (out of 100%) during a typical work week; tasks in order of importance, with the most critical task first.

Regular (Percentage of time: 60):

  • Work in a standard office environment. Sitting, standing and lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.
  • Quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Recruitment and retention of participants for lab and field studies.
  • Manuscript preparation, submission, and revision.
  • Support lab operation and management.
  • Project development and management.
  • Generate literature reviews.
  • Generate ideas for future projects and research studies.
  • Assist grant writing.
  • Preparation of institutional review board protocols and submissions.
  • Participate in regular meetings with PI and collaborators.
  • Manage and maintain hardware and software in labs.
  • Assist in the development of virtual experiences.
  • Liaison between the lab and business office.
  • Generate lab protocols for training and project implementation.

Student Duties – Oversee graduate research assistant activities (Percentage of time:  20):

  • Assist training of graduate students.
  • Monitor and supervise graduate research assistant productivity.
  • Assist graduate and undergraduate student mentoring.

Administrative Duties (Percentage of time: 10):

  • Secure necessary supplies for research projects.
  • Generate semi-annual project reports.

Student Duties (Percentage of time: 10):

  • Recruit graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Assist in annual student evaluations.



The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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