Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

About the position

We seek a motivated candidate with knowledge of, and interest in, quantitative data collection and analysis of digital media/media use within one or more of the following research fields at the department: political communication, children and media, media and democracy, media innovation, digital media and/or media and sustainability.

The applicants must attach a description of an individual research project which includes research questions relevant for one or more of the above research areas. A research design must be outlined that contributes to strengthening the research area through new forms of quantitative analysis of digital media/media use. The appointed person must also have the ability and desire to contribute to new courses in research methodology as part of the teaching duties in the position.

The position is available for a period of 4 years. There is a 25 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties. These duties include obtaining basic teaching qualifications.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications within the humanities, social sciences, or informatics with a humanities/social sciences profile.
  • The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Documented experience with digital media analysis and quantitative methods in research or teaching. 
  • Candidates are expected to be able to use quantitative methods to study social phenomena through analyzes of digital media
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. Communication skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is considered an asset
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The quality and relevance of the project description for one or more of the research areas mentioned in the call
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
  • List of publications
  • Project description (appox. 3 – 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment

Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works may be requested later

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system. Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact persons

Head of Department Eiri Elvestad, after 31.12.2022 Head of Department Kjetil Rødje

HR Adviser Mira Kramarova (for questions about how to apply)

About us

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Media and Communication’s (IMK) main purpose is to conduct research, education and dissemination on the modern media, their importance for society and for people. IMK has approximately 50 employees, of which among half are permanent scientific staff and 16-18 PhD Fellowships and Postdoctoral Research Fellows. There are around 500 active students on different levels. The department offers one-year study program on the Bachelor’s level and a Bachelor’s degree in media and communication, in addition to Master’s degrees in Media and communication, Political Communication and Screen Cultures. IMK is a multidisciplinary department, based on the academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences.