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PhD-fellowship (3 years) - UYouPa/SCAM project

OsloMet –  storbyuniversitetet er landets tredje største universitet, med over 20 000 studenter og mer enn 2000 ansatte. OsloMet leverer kunnskap og yrkesutøvere samfunnet er avhengig av, og er tett på arbeidslivets behov. OsloMet er et urbant og mangfoldig universitet med internasjonalt preg og et attraktivt studie- og arbeidssted med studiesteder midt i Oslo og på Kjeller ved Lillestrøm. Tilstedeværelsen i hovedstadsregionen gir universitetet gode muligheter til å forstå og høste fordelene av byens varierte befolkningssammensetning.

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies (IJM) offers a 3-year PhD fellowship position. The successful applicant will enroll and participate in the doctoral program in library and information science at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She/he will also be a member of one of two research groups at IJM: INDEX or Digital Journalism. The position will be closely connected to one of two international research projects financed by The Norwegian Research Council:

 The PhD project is to be designed and conducted in a way that contributes significantly to the project that the successful candidate will be a part of. Applications can either be directed to the U-YouPa or the Scam project (see descriptions below). The applications will be ranked by an external evaluation committee. The position will fall to the applicant with the top-ranked application, given that - after an interview round with the person and the other leading candidates - the candidate is found to be best suited to fill the position.

 The research project U-YouPa

U-YouPa will develop methods and concepts that contribute to increased understanding of potential participatory media spaces for intercultural dialogue among young people. Young people with different sociocultural backgrounds will participate in data gathering, interpretation of findings and creation of ethical recommendations that enable and encourage intercultural dialogue. The project will provide an understanding of how technology is interwoven in daily activities of young people. It focuses on their political and intercultural dialogue activities - what activities they initiate, observe and participate in. The research design is expected to contribute significantly to knowledge about digital media ethics, and capacities that facilitate intercultural dialogue.

Key research questions are:

For more information on the U-YouPa project, contact PI Harald Hornmoen (see contact details below).

The research project SCAM

The Source Criticism And Mediated Disinformation (SCAM) project will develop new knowledge and methods suited to detect and counter the diffusion of disinformation in democratic societies. Disinformation, such as fake news, conspiracy theories, propaganda and media manipulation, has surfaced as a key democratic challenge in recent years, owing to

diverse sociopolitical, economic and especially technological developments. The SCAM project will identify the main challenges related to the ways in which technology and platforms affect the distribution of disinformation in public spheres and ways to detect and counter it, specifically during periods of elections; and it will provide cutting-edge knowledge and practical methods for Digital Source Criticism in journalism in particular and media and information literacy in general.

Key research questions are:

For more information on the Scam project, contact PI Steen Steensen (see contact details below).


Desired background:


The PhD fellow is expected


The project proposal will be heavily weighted in the assessment of the applicants. The proposal must indicate that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the three-year period.

The project proposal should be written in English, consist of maximum 10 pages and include the following elements:

The project proposal must be relevant for either the U-YouPa or the Scam project. You must specify in your application and at the very start of the project proposal which of the two projects the proposal is relevant for.

Expert evaluation

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

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

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact hanne.landen@oslomet.no

We offer:

Contact information

For more information on the positions, please contact:

Professor Steen Steensen, tlf +47 67 23 83 18/ 909 19977, e-mail: steen.steensen@oslomet.no

Professor Harald Hornmoen, tlf. +47 67 23 83 28/979 86434, e-mail: harald.hornmoen@oslomet.no

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, NOK 479 600. (salary level 54)

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.

 Ref nr: 20/03740

Application deadline: 29.05.2020

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