Postdoctoral Position in Platform Intelligence in News

The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral position focusing on empirical studies of the effects of AI in news to be filled by 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is for 12 months.

Job content
The position is part of the Platform Intelligence in News research and development project which runs 2020-2023 and is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. The aim of the project is to advance the knowledge of the role and potentials of algorithms in news production and circulation, and to do so in a transparent and privacy-perserving manner. The candidate’s research activities will contribute to the aims of the project through the planning and execution of empirical studies of the effects of recommender systems in news for news usage and experiences. The candidate will be expected to work with a team to conduct qualitative as well as quantitative research with machine learning methods to understand news use, and to contribute to assessing the implications of AI in news for the democratic function of the news media.

As postdoc in Platform Intelligence in News you will be expected to, independently and in collaboration with other researchers in the team, contribute to the empirical effect studies devised by the project framework. You will be expected to publish scientific articles within the context of the project and to participate in the organization of activities and research events within the project.

As postdoc at the Department of Communication you will be part of an internationally-oriented interdisciplinary environment focused on advancing theoretical, methodological and empirical research about digital society. You will be affiliated with the Center for Tracking and Society.

Qualification requirements
To be considered for the position, applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field. We particularly welcome applicants with a background in HCI, media and communication research or social data science to add to our interdisciplinary team.

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

For further information about the position, please contact project PI Stine Lomborg, e-mail:

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Lotte Strandberg (HR), e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-1028/22-2I

Salary and conditions of employment

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 35,003.45, (EUR 4706.07) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here : http://ism.ku.dk and

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 28 March 2022, 23:59 CEST

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.