PhD fellowship at Kristiania University College

Kristiania University College offers study programs in management, organization, marketing, communication, computer science, information technology, health sciences, innovation and creative arts. Kristiania University College is Norway’s largest independent comprehensive university college with its 18,000 students and a large education offering in Oslo, Bergen and online. Our mission is to strongly contribute to the country’s social and economic development through problem-driven and applied knowledge development and dissemination, in close cooperation with society at large.

Studying the awareness and strategies behind young leaders’ social media identities

Kristiania University College is offering a fully funded PhD fellowship in Communication and Leadership Studies. The successful applicant will be included in a team of researchers with ambitious plans to further develop research and pedagogical activities related to Communication and Leadership Studies at Kristiania University College.

The PhD project should aim to extend knowledge on how young leaders balance their personal, social, and ideal identities on social media, including potential social media strategies affiliated with expressing their professional selves. The project should also address the role of personalization on social media in these identity processes. We search for a candidate with a good academic understanding of communication and identity theory, and an interest in social media as a self-presentation platform. Projects within Communication and Leadership Studies including perspectives such as identity processes, digital communication, and strategy will be prioritized.

Examples of research questions that could be addressed:

  • How do young leaders balance personal, social, and ideal identities on social media?
    • How does each identity type come through in their professional expressions?
    • Which strategies lie behind their professional expressions on social media?
  • What is the level of awareness of personalized social media among young leaders?
    • What do they know about the relation between online actions and personalized content?
    • How do they perceive the potential impact of personalization on their identities?


Full description of the project can be found at the following link: https://www.kristiania.no/en/research/phd/phd-projects/ 

The position is directed towards people with background within social sciences or communication studies but is also open for applicants with background from health sciences or leadership studies.

The applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Completed a relevant bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS, independently or integrated with a master’s degree
  • Completed a relevant master’s degree of 120 ECTS in social sciences, health sciences, communication, or leadership studies, no later than August 2022
  • Achieved an average grade similar or higher to the European grade B for the master’s degree, and been awarded the grade B or better for the master’s thesis (of minimum 30 ECTS)
  • Good methodological skills and familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative designs
  • Knowledgeable about communication and identity theories
  • Academic interest in social media as research phenomena
  • Competence in inter-disciplinary collaborations
  • Strong motivation for pursuing research in Communication and Leadership Studies


Personal qualities that will benefit both the candidate’s professional development and the collaborative environment will be prioritised.

It is desirable that applicants have proficiency in the Norwegian language comparable to level B2/C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The application must hold:

  • Motivation letter for the position
  • Approved Diplomas and Transcripts (in Scandinavian or English language)
  • CV
  • At least two references
  • Master thesis, preliminary thesis draft, or other relevant work that demonstrates scientific competence
  • A proposal for a research project of no more than five pages, adhering to the template “Description of the research project”: https://www.kristiania.no/en/research/phd/templates-for-admission-to-phd-studies/. The proposal should address the outlined topic, suggest research questions, and give a brief overview of relevant issues and theories that the applicant wishes to focus on; it should also present ideas on suitable studies for addressing the research questions, including reflections on methods. Note that the final project description will be decided in collaboration with supervisors and may therefore deviate from the submitted proposal.


Starting salary is 492.000 NOK a year.

The PhD research fellowship period is 3 years and is based at Kristiania University College, located in downtown Oslo with numerous amenities, recreational spaces, and urban fun right next door. PhD fellows at Kristiania University College will have at least two academic supervisors from Kristiania, one of whom will be the main supervisor. They will also be offered a mentor as a supplement to the supervisor team. Furthermore, PhD fellows will participate in regular lunch seminars and coffee breaks, as well as the bi-monthly PhD forum which serves as learning and support arena for professional, practical, and psychosocial matters.

The research fellow will be part of the research group Perception and Interactive Technology, “The PIT”, affiliated with the School of Health Sciences. The PIT hosts an inter-disciplinary research team interested in human perception in digital contexts, including the disciplines psychology, health science, computer science, visual art, and human-computer interaction. PhD fellows at the School of Health Sciences will have access to modern training facilities and weekly research seminars, and will be a part of a scientifically versatile department with an inclusive social and academic environment.

The position is placed at the Department of Psychology, Pedagogy and Law, at the School of Health Sciences.

Kristiania University College welcomes and encourages applications from diverse backgrounds. Women and persons with minority background are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 

September 15th 2022

For more information about the project and the position, please contact:

Associate Professor Merete Kolberg Tennfjord

E-mail: meretekolberg.tennfjord@kristiania.no

Telephone: (+47) 986 63 431

or

Associate Professor Ragnhild Eg

E-mail: ragnhild.eg@kristiania.no

Telephone: (+47) 414 81 909

 We use Semac background checks in our recruitment process.

Only applications received through our application portal will be considered