Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Media Studies

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within media studies. The position is part of the department’s commitment to strategic communication and the postdoctoral fellow will be linked to two of the department’s research groups: the rhetoric group and the media use group. The position is for a period of four years with 25% of the total appointment time is a duty to be performed at the department.

About the project/work tasks

The research theme for the post-doctoral fellow is trust, credibility (ethos), and strategic communication. In unison with the research groups for rhetoric and audience studies the fellow will develop a project examining how citizens view and engage with strategic communication and communication from experts. A core question is how utterances from experts are interpreted, negotiated, and used in a society characterized by media platforms run by algorithms, decreasing trust in experts and a high degree of competing claims from different sources.

The applicant should focus the project on the fields of rhetoric and audience studies and is encouraged to tie the project to one or more themes of global challenges, such as climate, migration, or health.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within Media Studies or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Experience from rhetorical studies and text analysis as well as with media use and audience research
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, as well as have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Potential candidates may be invited to the department for an interview and might be asked to hold a trial lecture on a given topic.

Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Department, please see  

The teaching language will usually be Norwegian.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

A research proposal of 4-5 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should contain a progress plan for the different parts of the research work, as well as a plan regarding publishing.  It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment. A budget must be set up for operating expenses.  

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 59 – 62 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 526 000 – 555 800,- 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 brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Applications sent by e-mail will not be evaluated.

General information

Detailed information about the position is obtainable by contacting Head of department Leif Ove Larsen, e-mail:, or tel.: +47 55 58 41 16.

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Adviser – HR, Bodil Hægland, e-mail:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

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