The University of Bergen Seeks Associate Professor in Journalism

Associate professor

The Department of Information Science and Media Studies has a vacant permanent position as Associate Professor in Journalism, oriented towards Information Technology. The position is a part of the Department’s commitment to Media City Bergen (MCB).

The Department of Information Science and Media Studies is an interdisciplinary, research-intensive academic environment consisting of research groups and study programmes within Media and Communication, Information Science, Interaction Design, TV Production and Journalism. The Department currently has 35 permanent academic positions and 25 PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows. There are approximately 1000 students enrolled in the Department’s BA and MA programmes.

MCB is an internationally leading knowledge cluster in the fields of Media Production and Media Technology. The Department is co-located with news media companies such as TV 2, NRK, Bergens Tidende and Bergensavisen, along with a wide range of leading media technology companies. Media City Bergen offers an international environment for innovation and knowledge development within media which excels on interaction between research, education and industry. The Department offers six study programmes within Media Production and Media Technology at MCB and leads several research and innovation projects. The Department manages modern facilities for TV and Media Production, including studios, mobile equipment and labs for post-production and sound. The Department hosts Centre for Investigative Journalism (SUJO).

Through the position in question, the Department seeks to strengthen competences within Journalism and Information Technology, often referred to as Computational Journalism within the discipline. Computational Journalism involves development and usage of Information Technology in collection, analysis, storytelling and dissemination of large amounts of data for journalistic purposes, besides analysis of such technologies in a journalistic context.

Work tasks/research and teaching areas:

The candidate will strengthen the Department’s research within the area of Journalism and Information Technology, predominantly undertake teaching duties at the BA programme in Journalism and MA programme in Investigative Journalism and facilitate cooperation with other study programmes at the Department. The academic environment in Journalism extensively cooperates with news media, and the candidate is expected to contribute to further develop this cooperation.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • PhD in Journalism, Media Studies or other relevant discipline, with documented research interest in Information Technology; or
  • PhD in Information Science, Informatics or other relevant discipline, with documented research interest in Journalism
  • Documented ability to publish research relevant to the position on an international level
  • News media experience is advantageous
  • Teaching experience within relevant disciplines
  • Ability to work independently and structurally, work in interdisciplinary teams and run seminars and workshops
  • Proficiency in English, both written and verbal

The successful applicant must be willing and able to teach compulsory courses at both graduate and undergraduate level at the department. The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or one of the other Scandinavian languages within two years of his/her appointment.

Pedagogical competence

Basic teaching training and experience in the supervision of students at university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor. This implies completed formal pedagogical training, as well as basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Relevant courses in combination with actual teaching experience could replace a university pedagogy program. Should the successful applicant not have such competence at the time of appointment, he/she will be required to document such training within two years of the date of appointment.

Pedagogical training must be documented in a pedagogical portfolio which should include a documented overview of pratical experience and competence as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant’s own teaching philosophy and an evaluation of own teaching in relation to his/her knowledge of students’ learning at a higher education level.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 68 – 75 (code 1011/ Pay range 24) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 615 900 – 704 900 before taxes. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • The city of Bergen – a welcoming and well-connected European city with a unique mix of vibrant life and extraordinary nature

Your application must include:

  • A cover-letter indicating motivation for applying as well as a summary of planned research activities and initiatives
  • CV
  • Five publications to be considered in the assessment, with information about where this work was published. The evaluation of the applicant’s scientific work will focus primarily on research published the last five years
  • Complete list of publications
  • Declarations of co-authorships
  • Pedagogical  portfolio
  • Certified copies of diplomas and certificates
  • The contact details of two references

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.no.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Head of department Leif Ove Larsen, email leif.larsen@uib.no phone +47 55 58 41 16

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to Adviser HR, Bodil Hægland, email bodil.hagland@uib.no

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply 

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about the recruitment process here