Researcher position at NORDIS

Deadline: 30.06.2021

University of Bergen

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Researcher position at NORDIS - Nordic observatory for digital media and information disorders.

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Researcher position at NORDIS - Nordic observatory for digital media and information disorders.

At the University of Bergen (UiB), there is a vacancy for a 2 year contract as a researcher with a PhD in the EU funded project NORDIS - Nordic observatory for digital media and information disorders. The contract starts at September 1, 2021 and ends on August 31, 2023. The European Commission has announced the eight selected national hubs that will become part of the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) network. The network of hubs on digital media will contribute to the fight against disinformation. NORDIS will be an independent Nordic regional hub with all national certified fact-checkers and a university in each of the four biggest Nordic countries Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. The consortium will contribute to EDMO and the European infrastructure of combating disinformation and digital information disorder with a specific welfare state perspective.

NORDIS is coordinated by Aarhus Universitet and UiB is responsible for Work Package 3 that will center around innovation and technology. In this WP the researchers at University of Bergen will collaborate closely with fact-checkers and new technology companies as well as other EDMO hubs to analyse user needs and develop new tools for verification of content.

About the project/work tasks:

  • In the project, the researcher will work closely with Nordic fact-checkers and experts at UiB and partner universities to optimise existing technology and develop new tools for fact-checking.
  • These tools will possibly be integrated in the Truly Media technical infrastructure of EDMO.The work requires an understanding of user needs that will be the initial part of the project and a iterative approach.
  • Exploiting cutting-edge techniques for content analysis using natural-language processing, semantic lifting, and rich and dynamic knowledge representation.
  • Using machine learning and other AI techniques to support building and improving fact-checking tools and services, by exploiting cutting-edge techniques for content analysis such as natural-language processing and rich and dynamic knowledge representation.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within data science or computer science 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 working together with technology development for external partners is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently, and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • Applicants should have basic command of the Norwegian language.

In assessing the candidates, a review of both the quality and the breadth of the candidate's research will be conducted. Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.

Special requirements for the position of a researcher with a PhD.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 61 – 63 (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 5) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 553 500,- - 574 700,-. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW).
  • Good welfare benefits velferdsordningar

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 should 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)
  • Publications (as applicable)

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

Application deadline: June 30th, 2021.

Application should be marked: 21/7653

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact:

  • Associate Professor Duc Tien Dang Nguyen, University of Bergen, [email protected], +47 55 58 91 73

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. 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.

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