Oslo Metropolitan University – Externally funded research project
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow 2023 – European cross border education in Journalism
OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and more than 2,200 employees. OsloMet has a stimulating and dynamic academic environment and an attractive employment framework. OsloMet is a diverse and urban university with an international profile; its main campus is located in the city center, providing a vibrant setting to study, conduct research, and work.
Department of Journalism and Media Studies
The Department educates professionals in journalism, photojournalism and media and communication through three bachelor programmes and one master programme. The study programmes are closely connected with the department’s research activities, which are internationally oriented and conducts high-impact research on a broad range of topics within national, European, and international journalism, including issues such as fake news, media, war and conflicts, digital journalism, journalism and media innovations and journalism and education, environment and society, and individual exposure in journalism.
Call for Expression of Interest for a joint application under the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme – Call: MSCA-PF-2023
Hereby OsloMet invites interested experienced researchers of any nationality, who have a PhD degree and maximum eight (8) years of research experience after having obtained the PhD degree, to apply for the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (call HORIZON-MSCA-PF-2023) to conduct research at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University for a period of two years.
Area of research
Cross border investigative journalistic projects like the Panama Papers (2016), the chlorpyrifos scandal (2019) or Cities4Rent (2021) have exposed news on as diverse topics as tax avoidance, regulation of pesticides or affordable housing. In our more and more networked societies, major challenges we face all transcend national borders – be that the climate, the pandemic or the inequality – and can only be solved in shared efforts. An informed public is essential in democracies, and the content of such information needs to transcend borders.
Cross border collaborative journalism appears to hold the potential to bridge gaps and provide necessary information in the field of tension of such networked societies – between the local level, where citizens live and work and send their children to school, and the European or global level, where political decisions can be made to address the challenges. Cross-border and other collaborations are gaining momentum in journalism, and publishers begin to integrate collaborative competences in their production processes to address boundary-crossing issues, such as, climate change, the international flow of capital or the refugee crisis. Cross border collaborative journalism is a competence that journalism education must provide to students to meet demand in the sector.
Candidates are invited to address processes that foster or hamper cross border investigative journalism, and map processes and actors within the rise of this field. The candidate will benefit from working with and collaborative with an international team of researchers within Investigative Journalism, Journalism Education, and Digital Journalism, Professor Mark Deuze, Dr Uwe Krüger and Professor Maria Konow-Lund, researchers part of an ongoing Erasmus + project on cross border collaboration in investigative journalism The selected candidate will be supervised by Prof. Konow-Lund at OsloMet University. She has published extensively on journalism, investigative journalism, crises and more recently on COVID-19 and journalism.
The aim of the research project is to contextualize the budding field of cross border collaboration of investigative journalism and to contribute to improve the understanding of the field.
Questions such as:
How is the cross border investigative journalism established? What characterizes investigative journalism in Europe and actors within this field? What are (perceived or practical) synergies and obstacles in practice-oriented teaching, pedagogics, and intercultural communication? Also, a comparison of the interaction between journalism educations and the media sector in European countries could be of interest.
With this call for Expression of Interest, we invite experienced curiosity-driven researchers to submit their application accompanied by CV (including publication list) and a one-page project description, that will be the basis for selecting a maximum of two candidates with whom we will collaborate for developing competitive MSCA-PF proposals. The cooperation for the proposal development will be carried out remotely, with regular online communication via email and virtual meeting platforms. Applicants who are successful in getting their proposals funded by the EU, must relocate to work in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at OsloMet main campus, in the center of Oslo.
Starting Date of the Fellowship
The EU shall inform the results on the MSCA-PF-2023 applications in February 2024. Successful applicants are expected to be available to start the fellowship project from within the two months following the announcement of results and no later than summer 2024.
Main duties of the position
The successful candidate will primarily work on the MSCA fellowship funded project, but will also be integrated in the Department’s activities, taking part in regular meetings and research groups discussions. The candidate will specifically be introduced with Prof. Konow-Lund’s national and international network of researchers. In agreement with the candidate, he/she would be included in other ongoing projects and/or in the development of grant applications processes.
Expected qualification of applicants
Applicants must have a PhD in Journalism studies, Media and Communication, or related fields as a minimum requirement. We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use the MSCA fellowship as an opportunity to further develop research skills and to build longer term research collaboration with OsloMet and other organisations conducting research in the field. The candidates must be eligible for a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship: have a PhD successfully defended by the submission deadline (mid-September 2023), a maximum of eight (8) years research experience after PhD, and not having worked/studied in Norway more than 12 months in the last three years.
We are looking for applicants who have
- Knowledge of cross border collaborations, or cross border education in journalism or media, on EU- policy and policy and availability of quantitative or qualitative data in the field.
- A good track record in research and publications
- Commitment to develop a competitive MSCA-PF grant application
- An open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work
- Excellent command / highly proficient spoken and written English
Assessment and selection of candidates
Evaluation will be based on the qualification and project idea. Interested candidates must submit with their application the following documents:
- CV (including research track record and list of publications)
- A one-page description of the project idea for which a MSCA-PF grant will be applied (no predefined structure, excluding references)
Short-listed candidates will be invited for a virtual interview to select candidates that will be invited to develop the full MSCA-PF application with deadline by mid-September 2023 under the supervision of Prof. Konow-Lund and with the support of the professional research administration staff at OsloMet.
Under this call announcement a maximum of five candidates will be interviewed and two candidates will be invited to write applications with the endorsement of OsloMet. Candidates will be informed of the results of the internal pre-selection and invitation to apply within the two weeks following the interview.
Original documents about your qualification must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and to ensure a fair competition. Proposals will be pre-selected based on internal evaluation and the availability of suitable supervision. All documents that you hand in to OsloMet, including your proposal idea, will be handled in full confidentiality, and strictly following GDPR regulations.
Selected candidates must participate in the virtual masterclass on MSCA-PF, a two-day workshop organized by OsloMet on 19-20 April 2023 to provide applicants with detailed information and explanation of the application template to complete their proposal in compliance with the EU Commission requirements.
The postdoctoral position
Successful applicants who obtain a MSCA-PF grant will be offered a position at OsloMet to be hired as postdoctoral researchers, in conditions as explained below.
OsloMet offers assistance in developing competitive Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals. Then, to successful applicants who are awarded the MSC-PF grant, we offer:
- Flexible working conditions
- An inclusive and friendly work environment
- Unique academic network with the possibility for the right candidate(s) to pursue his/her academic goals under the auspices of Professor Maria Konow-Lund
- Norwegian language classes
- Onboarding assistance for relocation and other services
The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force. It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population diversity, all qualified candidates from any nationality are welcomed to apply. OsloMet is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) organisation and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. We make our active endeavour to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods in your career when you have not been working, under education or training, you are also eligible to apply. Questions may be directed to the contact persons (per below).
The competitive fellowship opportunities are 100% funded and include living and mobility allowances.
- Type of employment: Temporary position
- Contract type: Full time
- Annual Salary: Approx. EUR 60,000
- Starting day of employment: (expected): TBD between 1 April – 1 Sept 2024
- Number of positions: 1 – 2
- Working hours: 37.5 hours/week
OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code for researchers and been granted the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4) by the EU Commission and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers EURAXESS. Practical information about relocation to OsloMet can be found here and EURAXESS Norway.
- Maria Konow-Lund, Professor, email@example.com
- Hanna Karv, Head of Research Support, Faculty of Social Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Pilestredet 46, Oslo 0350, Norway
Last day of application
Call closes on 31st January, 2023
Published: 21st december, 2022
Reference number: 22/09132