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Postdoctoral Researcher in Web Conferencing Fatigue

JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics/Insight Center for Data Analytics

Ref. No. NUIG RES 149-22

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a one-year full-time position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics/ Insight Center for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and is available from 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023.

Project Information:

The use of web conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, Teams, and Webex, has risen dramatic during the Covid-19 pandemic allowing many businesses to continue to operate and people to socialize. In the post pandemic world, web meeting solutions will remain central as organizations continue to support hybrid work options. However, it has been widely reported that the extensive use of such platforms has taken a toll on users. Recent studies indicate that user engagement with certain web conferencing features (eg mirror images, user presence display, meeting recording, display layout) generates stress and fatigue. To extend these preliminary insights, this project will conduct a series of neurophysiological experiments to determine under what conditions does the use of different web conferencing features generate stress and fatigue in users, and what are the effects on a user’s ability to restore their attention. These findings can inform the design of web conferencing platforms to limit the negative impacts on user wellbeing.


This project will determine;

  1. Which web conferencing features contribute to the stress, fatigue, and attention deficits in users. If and why different groups of people respond differently when engaging with web conferencing features. How web conferencing features can be redesigned to reduce stress and fatigue, and help restore user attention.

Principal Investigator;

Prof. Eoin Whelan

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be tasked with leading the delivery of the project’s objectives. Key requirements will involve conducting neurophysiological experiments (eg eye tracking, heart rate variability, skin conductance), and disseminating the findings in high quality academic outlets and through industry workshops.

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for conducting top-quality empirical research with the industry partners. The postdoctoral researcher must have strong industry communication, collaboration and coordination skills to sustain fruitful industry-academic relationships between the partners and the university.

Furthermore, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to actively participate in new research funding opportunities, such as the development of research proposals. A prior track record of research proposal writing is desirable. The postdoctoral researcher must be a motivated self-starter, as well as being focused and exacting in their work ethic.

Qualifications/Skills required:


  • Ph.D. in a relevant field, such as information systems, psychology, or neuroscience.
  • Significantly relevant peer-reviewed research.
  • Experience in conducting neurophysiological experiments.
  • Strong skills in quantitative data gathering and analysis, particularly structural equation modelling.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbally as well as in writing.
  • Strong coordination, organizational and management skills.


  • Evidence of effective engagements and collaborations with industry.
  • Excellent dissemination skills targeting non-academic audiences (industry-focused).
  • Good record of services to, and participation in, the academic community.
  • Prior track record of research proposal writing.

Salary: 39,523 – 51,035 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available from 1st September 2022

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

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Further information about the JE Cairnes School of Business & Economics is available at

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Informal inquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Eoin Whelan

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr. Eoin Whelan :

Please put reference number NUIG RES 149-22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm July 8th.

Interviews are planned to be held on July 29th.

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

‘NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Center (RDC) upon commencing employment – see for further information.’


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