Two Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) in Media Studies are available at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo are available from August 2020.
Both PhD-positions will be integrated into the Department’s ongoing research activities. As a PhD candidate, you will be part of a research community where several researchers work within the same field and/or topic. Your application should include a project description, and it is desirable that your PhD project relates to at least one (or several) of these current research projects, research initiatives and activities at the Department:
Digitox: Intrusive media, ambivalent users and digital detox.
More information: https://www.hf.uio.no/imk/english/research/projects/digital-disconnection/index.html
Screen Cultures: our screens’ implications for our lives, culture and society.
More information: https://www.hf.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/screen-cultures/index.html
Children, youth and digital media.
More information: https://www.hf.uio.no/imk/english/research/groups/children-media/
Pandemic Rhetoric. Risk communication in a changing media landscape.
More information: https://www.hf.uio.no/imk/english/research/projects/pandemic-rhetoric/index.html
More about the position
In your application, you should clearly describe your research problem and topic and explain how it is related to the chosen research activities and/or projects at the department (max 3-5 pages project description). Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Department’s staff responsible for the projects/initiatives in question, in order to get a better understanding of those and use this information when developing their PhD projects.
When evaluating the applications, we will assess the projects’ relevance to the research project/initiative that they want to affiliate themselves with. We will also assess the project’s creativity and potential for innovation, as well as its theoretical and empirical ambitions.
After the start of the fellowship, the candidate will sharpen their project description in collaboration with a supervisor (to be appointed) and the head of the respective research project/ initiative at the Department.
The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.
The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6-month Completion Grant.
- A Master’s Degree or equivalent in media studies within the humanities or social sciences. Candidates with Master’s degrees from other academic disciplines might be considered pending on their project description. The Master’s degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
- Strong results in MA studies and MA thesis.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:
- The relevance of the suggested PhD project for the respective research project(s) and/or initiative(s).
- The project’s scientific merit, its theoretical, empirical and methodical ambitions, and its innovativeness.
- The applicant’s academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame.
- The applicant’s ability to complete all the required elements of the Faculty’s PhD program
- Good collaboration skills and the ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.
- In the assessment of PhD projects related to Pandemic Rhetoric, when assessing candidates with approximately similar qualifications, preference may be given to applicants with high proficiency in a Scandinavian language as the study is based on Scandinavian material.
The institute aims to fill the two positions with candidates whose PhD-projects are related to different projects/initiatives/activities. Hence, chosen affiliations might be used to weigh in on the ranking of candidates with approximately similar qualifications.
- salary kr 479 600 – 523 200 depending on qualifications
- a professionally stimulating working environment
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- Attractive welfare benefits
How to apply
The application must include
- Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
- Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
- Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system
- Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 – 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.
Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.
Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.
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The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
Associate Professor Petter Bae Brandtzæg, Head of Research (questions about the positions)
HR-Adviser Mira Kramarova, (questions about the application process)