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PhD Fellowship position at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, 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 centre 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.

About the position  

The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at OsloMet University offers a fully funded position as a PhD-candidate. The position is connected to the project DD-MAC (Decoding Digital Media in African regions of Conflict), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project is a cooperation between OsloMet, Leiden University, Utrecht University, Researchers at Addis Ababa University, and in Bamako, Mali as well as SIMULA, Norway.  

The candidate will receive supervision from one or two professors in the project and will be based at OsloMet, while research stays at partner institution (s) may be possible.  

 Read more about the project and department here.

 

About the project  

Conflicts and insurgencies threaten to reverse development progress made in recent decades, not least in regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Digital communication is assumed to have a severe impact both on how conflicts develop and how they are mediated.  

Addressing this challenge, the aim of the DD-MAC project is to:  

Ethiopia and Mali have been selected as focal points of research as they represent two important regions of exacerbating conflicts, namely the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. Experiences from Ethiopia and Mali could help illuminate our perceptions of digital media's role in ongoing conflicts. Concomitantly two very different countries, they are both historically tied to weak social contracts, have large diasporas, complex realities of inequalities and conflicts between polarized groups on ethnic lines.  

Through an interdisciplinary approach, project partners will carry out focus groups interviews in Ethiopia and Mali, be 'scraping' large amounts of social media data, undertaking network analysis, media content tracking, and discourse analysis.  

The project aims to gain important new knowledge of:  

  The PhD project will be an empirical project that relates to the overall theme for the DD-MAC project. The PhD research fellow will be part of a team of senior researchers to achieve the aims of the projects. 

Applicants must prepare a project outline that is relevant to (some of) DD-MAC’s overall objectives. The person who is employed in the position will be part of the DD-MAC research team and the research group MEKK at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at OsloMet. If relevant, research stays in Ethiopia, Mali and/or the Netherlands may be included. The PhD period is three years without teaching obligations.  

 

Qualifications and conditions  

The applicant must have:  

  We are looking for a candidate who is ambitious, dedicated, and highly motivated.  

  It is an advantage if the applicant has:

 

Conditions : 

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on the quality of the submitted PhD project proposal and the project’s relevance to the DD-MAC project. The PhD project proposal must indicate that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the three-year period.  

   The proposal should consist of a maximum of 10 pages and must include the following elements:  

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavors 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.  

 

Expert evaluation  

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

You must upload all these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspection in order to give the candidates 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 Hanne Landen, e-mail hanne.landen@oslomet.no

 If there are more than 20 qualified applicants for the position, a committee will be established to screen for the best qualifies applicants before an expert committee assesses the applicants.  

 

We can offer  

The position is paid in accordance with the Government´s salary regulations, position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 491 200 NOK per year.   

For further information about the position, contact project leader Professor Kristin Skare Orgeret (Kristin.orgeret@oslomet.no), acting head of department Anne Hege Simonsen (annehege@oslomet.no) or PhD coordinator at the department Professor Steen Steensen (steen.steensen@oslomet.no).  

Application deadline: 19.12.2021. 

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.