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Doctoral Research Fellow in Media Studies

Deadline: 01.04.2020

Two positions as Doctoral Research Fellow in Media Studies

Universitetet i Oslo

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 60 employees, including 10-12 doctoral candidates. Some 1,100 students are sitting for exams here every year. The department offers one-year study program on the Bachelor's level and a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies and Master's degrees in Media Studies, Nordic Media and Journalism. IMK is a multidisciplinary department, based on the academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The IMK is ranked as one of the top 50 media and communication departments in the world (QS Ratings).

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Job description

Two Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) in Media Studies are available at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo are available from August 2020.

Both PhD-positions will be integrated in the Department’s ongoing research activities. As a PhD candidate, you will be part of a research community where several researchers work within the same field and/or topic. Your application should include a project description, and it is desirable that your PhD project relate to at least one (or several) of these current research projects, research initiatives and activities at the Department:

Digitox: Intrusive media, ambivalent users and digital detox.More information:


Screen Cultures: our screens’ implications for our lives, culture and society.More information:


Children, youth and digital media.More information:


Pandemic Rhetoric. Risk communication in a changing media landscape.More information:


More about the position

In your application you should clearly describe your research problem and topic and explain how it is related to the chosen research activities and/or projects at the department (max 3-5 pages project description). Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Department’s staff responsible for the projects/initiatives in question, in order to get a better understanding of those, and use this information when developing their PhD projects.

When evaluating the applications, we will assess the projects’ relevance to the research project/initiative that they want to affiliate themselves with. We will also assess the project’s creativity and potential for innovation, as well as its theoretical and empirical ambitions.

After the start of the fellowship, the candidate will sharpen their project description in collaboration with a supervisor (to be appointed) and the head of the respective research project/ initiative at the Department.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in media studies within the humanities or social sciences. Candidates with Master’s degrees from other academic disciplines might be considered pending on their project description. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Strong results in MA studies and MA thesis.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The relevance of the suggested PhD project for the respective research project(s) and/or initiative(s).
  • The project's scientific merit, its theoretical, empirical and methodical ambitions, and its innovativeness.
  • The applicant's academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame.
  • The applicant's ability to complete all the required elements of the Faculty’s PhD program
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.
  • In assessment of PhD projects related to Pandemic Rhetoric, when assessing candidates with approximately similar qualifications, preference may be given to applicants with high proficiency in a Scandinavian language as the study is based on Scandinavian material.

The institute aims to fill the two positions with candidates whose PhD-projects are related to different projects/initiatives/activities. Hence, chosen affiliations might be used to weigh in on the ranking of candidates with approximately similar qualifications.

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How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic 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.

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.

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