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Postdoctoral fellowship - The Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Deadline: 29.05.2020


OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies has approximately 450 students and 30 employees. Study programmes and research are closely connected and exhibit our international profile.

Postdoctoral fellowship - Understanding Youth Participation and Media literacy in Digital Dialogue Spaces

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers a 3-year full-time postdoctoral fellowship. The position is linked to the international research project Understanding Youth Participation and Media literacy in Digital Dialogue Spaces (U-YouPa), which is financed by The Norwegian Research Council.

The candidate will also be a member of the research group INDEX.

The research project U-YouPa

A point of departure for the U-YouPa project is that young people have largely withdrawn from traditional forms of democratic participation. They are still keen to engage in democratic life, but they ask for more and different public spaces of participation. A goal of the project is to provide an understanding of the interconnection between cultural and technological preconditions for strengthening youth participation in digital media spaces, thus meeting fundamental challenges of inclusion currently emerging in European countries.

Key research questions are:

  • How do existing participatory media formats used by young people meet the challenges of media literacy, diversity, intercultural dialogue and inclusion in European nations?
  • What and how can young people contribute to recommendations foracquiring media literacy that would advance creativity and inclusiveness among youth with different sociocultural backgrounds?

The project will:

  • develop methods, concepts and empirical knowledge that contribute to increased understanding of the potential participatory media spaces for intercultural dialogue among young people
  • analyze current varieties in young people`s involvement on cultural and political media platforms, and explore innovative frameworks for stimulating their contributions to developing an (inter)culturally reflective and inclusive media literacy
  • create a knowledge-based ethical framework for technology design supporting inclusive dialogues in digital media spaces

An innovative research design will involve young people with different sociocultural backgrounds in different phases of the research. They will participate in data gathering, interpretation of findings and the creation of ethical recommendations and rules that enable and encourage intercultural dialogue. By applying this research design, we seek to gain a deep understanding of how technology is interwoven in daily activities of young people. We particularly focus on political and intercultural dialogue activities; what activities they initiate, observe and/or participate in.

We expect that the research design will contribute significantly to knowledge about digital media ethics, and an understanding of what capacities facilitate intercultural dialogue.

Main duties of the position

The fellow is expected to conduct research that contributes significantly to realizing objectives of the project.

The fellow is also expected to contribute to project workshops and consortium meetings, as well engage in departmental meetings.

Qualification requirements

The applicant must:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a relevant field of media and communication studies or journalism studies. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Admission to the position requires a doctorate.
  • Be proficient in both written and oral English

Desired background

  • Relevant research experience
  • Experience with media studies, including social media
  • Strong interest in the topic of research
  • Reliable
  • Collaborative skills as well as ability to work on individual basis

General criteria for appointment to a position as Postdoc are stipulated in Regulations relating to Appointment, § 1-2, see details in Norwegian.


The application should involve a project description of the applicants’ desired study. The described project should relate to the U-YouPa project. The project proposal will be heavily weighted in the assessment of the applicants. The proposal must be written in English.

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

We can offer you

  • to be part of a professional environment at Norway’s third largest university
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers
  • the opportunity for academic support and development in a large and comprehensive educational research environment
  • a good working environment at Department of journalism and media studies at OsloMet

OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.

Expert evaluation and further application requirements

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • Project description/research proposal, including a specification of research focus, theoretical perspectives, methodological strategies, and plans for progress and dissemination of output (max 10 pages)
  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • Up to five academic publications, including your PhD dissertation and a list of your relevant publications.

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact [email protected]

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Head of department Steen Steensen, phone: +47 67 23 83 18/+47 909 19977
  • Project coordinator of U-YouPa, Professor Harald Hornmoen, phone +47 67 23 83 28 / +47 979 86434
  • Professor Dagny Stuedahl, phone: +47 67 23 84 37/+47 997 28156

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees: 1352 Post doctor, paygrade 60-74, salary NOK 532 300 – 691 400.

Law deducts 2% of the salary to the State Pension Fund.

If you wish to apply for the position, please click the button at the bottom of the page.

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

Reference number: 20/03738

Apply for position


  • Steen Steensen, 67238318
  • Harald Hornmoen, 97986434
  • Dagny Stuedahl, 99728156

Deadline: 29.May.2020 11:59 PM CET