Two-year research fellow position at DIGISCREENS

Deadline: 28.05.2023

University of Bergen

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Two-year research fellow position: digital distribution (streaming) and reception of film and TV series in France

A researcher position is available for at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway. The position is part of the EU CHANSE funded project DIGISCREENS: Identities and Democratic Values on European Digital Screens: Distribution, Reception, and Representation. The position is for a fixed-term period of two years.

About the project/work tasks:

DIGISCREENS is a three-year international collaborative project led by Dr. Maud Ceuterick. The project focuses on five European countries: France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Lithuania. The project’s objective is to analyse recent practices of digital distribution of global and national platforms (such as Netflix, HBO, Disney+, France TV, Salto) and study how they affect the representation and the reception of identities and democratic values.

The researcher will conduct interviews with members of the industry, perform film analysis and lead focus groups and interview with audiences in France in order to formulate answers to the project’s research questions. The successful candidate will develop a more detailed research design in collaboration with DIGISCREENS’s project leader to analyse: 1) the practices of digital distribution of film and TV in France, 2) the representation of gender, class, age, sexuality and of democratic values such as inclusivity, equality and solidarity in streamed films and TV series, and 3) the reception of such values and traits of identities by French audiences.

Research outputs should include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference presentations, and participating to the organization of one or more workshops and an international conference. The researcher will form a local team with the project leader and a research assistant and will join an international team consisting of 4 principal investigators and 4 postdoctoral researchers located in Norway, Spain, Sweden and Lithuania. The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to Bergen, and undertake fieldwork in France. Funding will cover fieldwork, research visits and conference presentations.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD in film or media studies, digital culture, anthropology or related discipline, or be expected to complete their doctoral thesis before the start of employment. Expected start for the position is October 2023.
  • working with film/TV production or distribution either as researcher or working in the industry. Experience in a French context is preferred.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, as well as have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • The position requires proficiency in both written and oral English and French.

Potential candidates may be invited to the department for an interview.

Applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with the project. A project summary is available from the project website.

We can offer:

  • An international collaboration with good networking possibilities
  • A professionally challenging and diverse working environment
  • Salary at pay 604 900 NOK (pay grade 62/code 1109) on the government salary scale upon appointment. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter in english describing your general research interests and expertise, and how these make you a good fit for the DIGISCREENS project.
  • Publications list and publications (max 3, publications in English are preferred)
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas (translated to english or a scandinavian language)
  • Any other relevant document attesting to your working experience
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the MA program.

The application and appendices with translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. If the publications are in another language than English or a Scandinavian language, please provide a summary in English.

Application deadline: 28.05.2023.

The application should be marked with: 22/12749

Applications sent by e-mail will not be evaluated.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

  • Dr. Maud Ceuterick, Department of Information Science and Media Studies. Email: maud.ceuterick@uib.no Telephone number: +47 55583469

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to: Senior Executive Officer Pernille Andersen Hole. Email: pernille.hole@uib.no.

The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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.

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