PhD in TV-Production

Department of Information Science and Media Studies has a vacant position as PhD in TV-production. The position is for four years, of which 25% is allocated to duties at the Department, primarily for teaching at the BA program in TV-production.

About the Department                

Department of Information Science and Media Studies is a research oriented multidisciplinary department situated at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department has 35 permanent academic staff members,30 PhD and postdoc positions, and approximately 1200 students. Our TV-production staff is situated in the media cluster Media City Bergen, a vibrant environment of prominent national news media and production companies as well as internationally leading media tech companies. In Media City Bergen the Department offers BA and MA programs in TV-production, journalism and interaction design, as well as hosting the research centre MediaFutures and Center of investigative journalism in partnership with industry partners.

About the project/work tasks:

The field of TV production is undergoing major changes, not least as a result of the digitalization of culture and society that has profoundly transformed the basic conditions under which mediated content is produced, distributed, and experienced.

This calls for up-to-date, critical, and innovative research on how the medium of television is adapting to these developments.

We are currently seeking a PhD to investigate this changing landscape. The candidate will be member of the Media Aesthetics research group at the Department. The group’s research revolves around film, television, video games, comics and visual culture from analytical, theoretical, and historical perspectives. Based in the humanistic vein of media studies, the group’s members study the content and form of these and other media, their material expressions, their technologies, genres, and cultural values.

We are particularly interested in research projects that engage with the reconfigurations that digitisation have brought to television and screen-based media, for example:

  • Online distribution and exhibition
  • Formal or generic hybridity
  • Television and European documentary production
  • Craft and creativity in television production
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Television aesthetics – the medium’s means of expression, conventions, and possibilities
  • Emergent audiovisual technologies, e.g. AR and VR
  • National broadcast sectors and the global tech industry
  • Television and conceptualization – the development of ideas, formats, concepts, scripts and the like (which may involve production studies)

TV production here is broadly defined, ranging from fiction to documentary and everything in between, and potentially includes anything that can be viewed on a television. Research projects may also investigate the intersections between television and online environments/social media, or its relationship to other areas/fields, like art, technology, or journalism.

We would also welcome candidates whose proposed research involves practice-based methodologies such as documentary making, videographic criticism (i.e. the production of audiovisual essays), or the use of emergent technologies to create (3D and immersive, AI, etc.), and whose thesis would combine practical and written elements.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • MA in media studies, television studies, films studies, or film/television production, screenwriting, or similar.
  • Applicants must have submitted the MA thesis for evaluation by the application deadline. The degree has to be obtained before employment.
  •  The requirements are generally a grade B or better on the Master thesis and for the master’s degree in total.
  •  As an applicant you should be able to work independently as well as have good abilities to collaborate.
  • Good knowledge of English, both written and oral is a prerequisite
  • High ambitions and enthusiasm for research and teaching  

About the PhD position:

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position. 

About the PhD training: As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the PhD degree. To be eligible for admission you must normally have an educational background corresponding to a master’s degree with a scope of 120 ECTS credits, which builds on a bachelor’s degree with a scope of 180 ECTS credits (normally 2 + 3 years), or an integrated master’s degree with a scope of 300 ECTS credits (5 years). Master’s degrees must normally include an independent work of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits. It is expected that the topic of the master’s degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 54 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 482 200 per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or
  • equivalent thesis.
  • Research proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.

Closing date: August 6, 2021. The application must be marked: 2021/5989

Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Head of department Leif Ove Larsen,

Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Questions about the programme may be directed to Adviser-PhD:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.