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

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 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A point of departure for the U-YouPa project is that young people have largely withdrawn from traditional forms of democratic participation.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:

The project will:

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:

Desired background

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

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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:

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 hanne.landen@oslomet.no

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.


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