Doctoral Position in Media and Communication Studies

Media and communication studies at Lund University engages in world class research in media, culture and democracy. We produce original research that offers new and powerful ways of understanding knowledge, people, and power in national and transnational media environments. Media and communication studies research is organised in four intersecting themes: media engagement, democracy and cultural citizenship; media industries and creativity; gender, health and society; audiences, popular culture and everyday life. We invite applicants to contribute to our vision of media engagement in culture and democracy.

Job assignment

The holder of a doctoral position has as primary obligation to successfully fulfill the third cycle education ending with a PhD degree. Regulations concerning appointment as a full time doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§. The holder of the position should conduct research relevant to the research strategy above

The holder of a doctoral position is expected to participate actively in the research and teaching environment of the Department and may have to perform departmental duties, above all teaching, amounting to about 20 per cent of full time.

Eligibility/Entry requirements

To be eligible for third cycle studies an applicant must have:

Been awarded a second cycle degree or completed studies the equivalent of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at the second cycle level, or acquired comparable qualifications in some other way in Sweden or abroad. In addition to the general admission requirements for third-cycle education, the research student is to have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising 30 second-cycle credits in media and communication studies, or a corresponding qualification acquired in Sweden or abroad. The third-cycle student is also to have completed second-cycle independent projects worth 15 credits. Doctoral thesis proposals need to address the strategic research areas of media and communication studies at Lund University.

The assessment will be based on national guidelines. The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD studies may be appointed to doctoral candidate positions. When an appointment to such a position is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral positions may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Basis of assessment

In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, paragraph 5, particular emphasis for admission shall be placed upon the applicant’s ability to successfully complete PhD studies, as indicated by academic qualifications and merits. The research plan and its relation to the research strategy as well as previously written theses and publications are important indicators of ability. Also English language proficiency at an advanced level will be emphasized in the assessment.


The application must contain:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of grades and examination certificates
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s theses in the disciplines of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • A concise research plan that clearly addresses the contribution of the applicant to the research strategy at media and communication studies in Lund University (maximum 3000 words)
  • Other qualifications of relevance for the position.
  • Name and contact information of two personal references

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

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