Researcher position in Innovation at MediaFutures

Deadline: 17.06.2024

University of Bergen

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Innovation researcher

There is a vacancy open for a temporary 50% researcher position in Innovation at MediaFutures: Research Centre for Responsible Media Technology & Innovation at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. This is a temporary project position for 2 years. 

MediaFutures is a centre for research-based innovation at the Department for Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, located at Media City Bergen. The centre is a part of the Norwegian Research Council’s Research-based Innovation scheme. MediaFutures is cooperating with industry partners from news media and media technology on research topics like media experiences, recommender technology, content production and analysis, content interaction and availability, and Norwegian language technology. The primary objective of MediaFutures is to generate substantial innovation and value creation for the Norwegian news media and media-tech industry, and to empower them to solve profound global, industrial and democratic challenges, through long-term research into responsible media technologies. The results are new digital tools, analytical methods and content types for the future of media. The centre also performs research training within media technology and innovation. This creates outputs such as new patents, prototypes, research articles and software, as well as innovative start-up companies.

Read more about the centre at www.mediafutures.no

About the project/work tasks:

The researcher will be responsible for working in collaboration with the work packages on the delivery of the innovation results in MediaFutures. Work packages in MediaFutures are teams up to a size of 15 people (researcher & industry) with a background in media tech. Work packages work on certain tasks regularly, are led by a Professor and Industry leader and create outputs such as novel methods, scientific reports, and articles, as well as software or patents. 

The overall goal of this position is to strengthen the centre in its ability to deliver on its innovation results such as spin-offs, prototypes, demos, etc. This position will play an important bridging role between research and industry partners in the centre, and it is expected to actively contribute with its research to an enhanced collaborative innovation environment. 

A further exciting task for this position is that the researcher will develop novel research and innovation grant applications on national and EU level for the benefit of the partners involved in the centre. 

Finally, the researcher will also be concerned with admin tasks. The researcher will be the main responsible for fostering TTO processes in the centre and will coordinate innovation events and meetings.

The personal manager of this position is the centre director at MediaFutures.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant should hold a PhD in any relevant discipline beneficial to this position.
  • Experience with or knowledge about innovation theory and methodologies.
  • Experience with research methods are required.
  • Knowledge about the media tech industry is a requirement.
  • Good communication and presentation skills are required.
  • A good command in both written and oral English.
  • Working in a team as well as independently and in a structured manner is a requirement.
  • Personal qualities will be emphasized.

Potential candidates will be invited to an interview.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • A 50% researcher position.
  • Salary at NOK 624 500 per year (code 1109) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to pay grade 64). A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • A cross-disciplinary, interactive and challenging working environment.
  • A fantastic hosting environment located in the Media City Bergen.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter with a brief account of interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. 
  • Transcripts and diplomas.
  • Relevant certificates/references.

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.

Deadline: June 17th 2024. 

The application must me marked: 24/6888

General information:

Information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

  • Centre Director Professor Christoph Trattner, christoph.trattner@uib.no

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to HR Adviser, Pernille Hole, pernille@hole.priv.no

Diversity is a strength that enables us to solve our tasks even better. UiB therefore needs qualified employees regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, worldview, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and age.

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.

We encourage applicants with disabilities, immigrant backgrounds, or gaps in their CV to apply. By indicating such circumstances in your application, you may receive favourable consideration. We ensure that at least one qualified applicant from each of these groups is invited for an interview as part of our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunity.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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