Doctoral Research Fellowship Within the Area Children, Youth and Media

About the position

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) is available at the Department of Media and Communication (IMK), University of Oslo.

Description of subject area

IMK is an interdisciplinary department, including social scientific, humanistic and technological perspectives on media and communication. The research fellow’s project must be innovative and relevant to the research that takes place at the Department of Media and Communication, within the area “Children, youth and media”.

The research area is considered wide and is open for approaches from both social sciences and humanities.

Relevant research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Children and adolescents’ media use
  • Children and adolescents’ digital rights and democratic participation
  • Media, media technology and media content for, or produced by, children and adolescents
  • Societal concerns and consequences of children and adolescents’ media use
  • Different aspects of media-related risks, such as digital bullying, sexting, privacy protection, hate speech and commercial pressure
  • National and international media politics and regulations that affect children and adolescents
  • Globalization, technological innovation and platformization
  • Digital parenting
  • Digital skills

Applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant research group for more information. The appointed candidate will be part of a larger interdisciplinary, international research environment at the Department.

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.

The appointed candidate must apply for admission to the organized research training at the Faculty of Humanities.

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.

Qualification requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent education in media and communication, or other relevant subject area
  • The MA degree or equivalent must be obtained, and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission based on a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study program’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the project’s originality, quality and relevance to the research that takes place at IMK.

In addition the following will be considered

  • The applicant’s academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • Results from the master’s degree and the master’s thesis
  • Knowledge of theories and methods within the relevant field of research
  • Ambitions to conduct high-level research
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • The applicant’s desire to join the research networks at IMK
  • Publications in journals or at conferences

We offer

The application should include

  • A letter of application describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • A Curriculum Vitae (with an overview of education, employment, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, as well as a list of published and unpublished works)
  • The certificate for your Master’s degree and transcript of records for your Bachelor’s degree. Applicants with a degree from a foreign university are asked to attach a guide to the grading system at their university
  • Documentation of Language requirements 
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 – 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)
  • Your Master’s thesis (digital)
  • A list of 2-3 reference persons (name, relationship to the candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please note that all documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language.

Other diplomas, educational certificates and the like must not be attached to the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information later.

The application with attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system, please click “Apply for this job”.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview

Other information

We refer to regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be included in the public list of applicants, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact Information

Professor Elisabeth Staksrud, Head of the research group Chidren, youth and media.

HR Adviser Mira Kramarova, for questions about Jobbnorge.