Postdocs in Journalism Studies/Media Management

The Department of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University, invites applications for two postdoc positions. The positions begin on February 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter and runs for 24-30 months. The purpose of the positions is to study the effect of data on journalistic practice and output.

The Department of Communication and Arts
Your daily workplace will be Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University. DCA covers RUC’s Communication programs (Communication, Journalism, and Performance Design) and Art programs (Danish, Philosophy, History, and Cultural Encounters).

We conduct excellent, interdisciplinary research in the intersection between Communication, Cultural Studies, Social Science, and Humanities, and offer an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment, characterized by diversity with respect to theory, method, and area of study in research and education. Our research is characterized by double impact, i.e. by the highest academic quality, and by a direct interaction with public, private and civil actors in the society.

We have strong research networks and partnerships with local, regional, national, and international partners with the goal of ensuring the highest quality in all our research-based activities.

Descriptions of the postdoc projects
The two postdoc positions are linked to the research project “The Datafied News Industry” (DANI), which is funded by the Velux Foundation and runs 2024-2027 ( The project is located at the Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University, where it is associated with the Journalism and Democracy research group, the Center for News Research, and the Digital Media Lab. The project is a core group of five researchers (both junior and senior), each of whom work on integrated subprojects, so the successful applicants will work closely together with project leader Associate Professor Aske Kammer, an international visiting professor, each other, and a PhD student.

The DANI project explores how the news industry collects, understands, and uses data as a strategic resource across different organizational and institutional spaces or contexts (newsrooms, development departments, sales and marketing, management, and in relation to external actors). The main empirical focus is on the Danish news industry, but other countries may be included for comparative reasons (dependent on the successful applicant’s own research interests).

The first postdoc will contribute to the DANI project by researching the use of data in the development and operation of paywalls on news websites. As the technical systems for paywalls are different from organization to organization, and as some are off-the-shelf solutions while other are “homemade”, an infrastructural perspective that also scrutinizes software documentation is welcome (but not mandatory) for this position.

The second postdoc will contribute to the DANI project by researching how data is used in the development and operation of AI, automation, and/or recommender systems inside news organizations. To peek inside the algorithmic “black boxes” that select and publicly distribute information, the postdoc should explore which types of data are used in these connections, how they are collected, structured, and prioritized, and how the involved human actors understand and negotiate their importance.

One of the postdocs will be employed for additionally six months to build a database of all digital news offerings (websites and apps) in Denmark. This database must also include structural data about, for example, ownership, reach, and revenue models, so familiarity with the Danish news industry is considered a strong asset in this connection. This task must be conducted as early as possible in the period of employment. All applicants must state in their application whether they would be interested in having this task added to their postdoc.

Applicants must hold a PhD or the equivalent within media and communication studies, journalism studies, media management, or an adjacent field in the humanities, social sciences or data sciences.

The ideal candidates are excellent scholars with experience in empirical research and an expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies. Furthermore, the ideal candidates understand how digital technology works and are familiar (or ready to immediately familiarize themselves) with current developments at the intersection of journalism studies, media management research, and data science.

The ideal candidates are furthermore expected to demonstrate:

  • Good collaborative skills.
  • A track-record of publishing in leading international journals within the field.
  • Good command of Danish or English is necessary. Good command of Danish is considered an asset. Experience in publishing in English is also considered an asset.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidates are expected to:

  • Be enterprising and possess good communication skills.
  • Be an active collaborative partner in the DANI project.
  • Work independently within the framework of the DANI project.
  • Publish independently and in collaboration with the PI and/or other members of the group.
  • Plan and contribute to paper presentations and panels at relevant international conferences.
  • Plan and participate in research seminars and network meetings.
  • Contribute to popular dissemination of research findings.
  • Be an active and present colleague in the Department of Communication and Arts.
  • Participate actively in the Journalism and Democracy research group.

In the assessment of candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research prospective including an individual research plan of max 2 pages to be submitted with the application. The candidates are expected to independently outline how they plan to undertake the research (within the framework of the broader DANI project).
  • The ability to collaborate closely with research partners.
  • The academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.
  • The ability to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external cooperation.

The successful candidate who are offered the position can apply for a 1-year teaching position as extension to the postdoc position to obtain pedagogical training and gain teaching and supervision qualifications. The extension is subject to the teaching demand at the department.

For further information about the position or to obtain a full academic description of the project, please contact PI, Associate Professor Aske Kammer on

Terms of employment
The employment is full time, 37 hours per week, and refers to Dean Ida Willig.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. 

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education 

4. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here

5. A complete list of publications 

6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment 

If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here

Please submit your application no later than October 15, 2023.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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