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PhD Fellowship position in Visual Communication

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond. The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm. OsloMet is home to some of Norway’s largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

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.


Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies has a vacant Ph.D. fellowship position.

The fellowship position is financed 100% for three years, with research training culminating in a doctorate degree (Ph.D.).

 The doctoral project's overall aim is to strengthen the scientific knowledge base for visual studies within media studies and photojournalism. Completion of the Ph.D. program ensures necessary qualifications for conducting scientific research and for other activities requiring scientific insight and knowledge about the application of scientific methods.

Visual expressions, visual identity and visual meaning-making play increasingly important roles for media use and understanding. In times characterized by global crises (climate crisis, war and conflict, forced migration, etc.), visual communication plays a prominent political and cultural role. Furthermore, media visuality is intrinsically connected with and dependent upon technology. In a time where all forms of media production are experiencing profound technological transformations, the intersection between technology and the visual has become a vibrant field of growing scholarly interest. 

Visual communication is a broad field that encompasses the dissemination of pictorial information in the broadest sense, i.e. that which is created for visual impressions and the creation of meaning based on what we can see. The term is relevant for both printed and digital media and includes content design (illustrations, typography and graphic design) and the production processes (graphic design, photography and the like). Visual communication can include interactivity, iconography, illustration, text, graphics, genre conventions, perception, data visualization, animation, identity and meaning-making. It can also include creative projects aimed at social and cultural change, where the visual is a focal point.


The Ph.D. project may cover, but is not limited to, the following topics: 


Required qualifications and terms

Successful applicants must have


Desired qualifications


See program schedule for further information om when 90 credits/ECTS can be accepted.

Admission to the faculty PhD-program is a condition for accession to this fellowship position. A final plan for a phd-education is to be approved and agreed upon – at the latest - three months after accession. 

Applicants must prepare a project description according to the template found here.


The application must include the following items, which are to be submitted before the deadline (all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language). Translations must be authorized.


The application will be assessed by an expert committee. In the assessment of applicants, particular emphasis will be placed on basic qualifications (grades, professional qualifications, and previous experience) and the submitted project description. The description must be at a professional level that makes it likely that the project will lead to a doctorate within a three-year period.

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 we get more than 20 qualified applicants for the position, a committee will be established to screen out the most qualified applicants before an expert committee assesses the applicants.


We can offer you


It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

 Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway


Other information

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

Head of department Anne Hege Simonsen, +47 67 23 83 22/+47 911 45 937

Professor Dagny Stuedahl, +47 67 23 84 37/+47 997 28 156


The position is paid in accordance with the Government´s salary regulations, position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 501 200 NOK per year.

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

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact


Deadline for applications: 27.02.2023  

Ref.: 23/00153



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. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.