PhD Fellowship position in Visual Communication

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business. The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies has approximately 450 students and 30 employees. Study programmes and research are closely connected and exhibit our international profile.

Faculty of Social SciencesDepartment of Journalism and Media Studies has a vacant Ph.d. fellowship position in Visual Communication. 

The fellowship position is financed 100 % for three years towards a phd, following a phd program.

The doctoral project’s overall aim is to help strengthen the scientific knowledge base for visual studies in media studies and photojournalism. The doctoral program qualifies for research activities at a high scientific level, and for other work where requirements are set for scientific insight and knowledge about the application of scientific methods.

Visual communication includes the pictorial dissemination of information in the broadest sense, ie that which is created for visual impressions and opinion formation based on what we can see. The term is often used to describe printed matter and digital media (web design), content design (illustrations, typography, and graphic design) and production processes (graphic industry, photography, and the like).

Visual communication is also inherent to academic fields such as architecture, media studies and anthropology. Visual communication can include interactivity, iconography, illustration, text, graphs, genre conventions, perception, data visualization, animation, identity, and opinion formation.

Within media production, profound technological transformations impact how visual communication is performed and understood. Visualization involves more than illustrating or documenting. As an example, visuals are used actively in political opinion formation. Visual expressions, visual identity and visual opinion formation are thus increasingly important for media use and understanding.

The PhD project may cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • visual literacy in transformation: how we see, understand and create visual media expressions
  • visual political utterances, such as cultural processes related to political memes
  • artificial intelligence (AI), which is increasingly used in camera technology and in photojournalism.
  • manipulation technology and image processing that challenge known requirements for visual documentation.
  • genre conventions in transformation: how the ever-increasing visual information flow impacts the public’s trust in visual documentation is challenged and changed
  • visual analysis as a method in Media Science 

Required qualifications and terms

Successful applicants must have

  • completed a MA degree in journalism, media and communication, alternatively MAs within the humanities or the social sciences where knowledge of climate change, the environment and nature is included (120 credits). In special cases MA degrees of 90 credits can also be assessed. The candidate must hold a B or better.
  • education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • good analytic skills.
  • capacity for independent, planned and goal orientated work.
  • good cooperative skills
  • professional engagement
  • english proficiency, both oral and verbal.

Admission to phd-program is a condition for accession to this fellowship position. A final plan for a phd-education is to be approved and agreed upon – at the latest – three months after accession

Applicants must prepare a project description according to the template found here: template

Desired qualifications

  • relevant experience within research and development
  • relevant experience with visual communication

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • cv, certificates and diplomas
  • project description written in Scandinavian language or English (max. 10 pages incl. reference list)
  • master thesis
  • scientific work
  • list of possible publications and presentations at international seminars / conferences

You must upload all of these documents. Certificates, certificates and publications must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized.

Original documents and valid passport 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 ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

 If we get more than 20 qualified applicants for the position, a committee will be established to screen out the most qualified applicants before an expert committee assesses the applicants.


We can offer you

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • opportunities for professional Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements
  • free Norwegian classes to employees
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

 Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Other information

If you would like more information about the positon, feel free to contact:

Head of department Anne Hege Simonsen, +47 67 23 83 22/+47 911 45 937 Professor Dagny Stuedahl, name, +47 67 23 84 37/+47 997 28 156

The position is paid in accordance with the Government´s salary regulations, position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 491 200 NOK per year.

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact

Deadline for applications: 13.03.2022

Ref.: 22/00593

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