Academic Positions

Assistant or Associate Professor in Journalism Studies/Digital Methods at Aarhus University 980926

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for a position as assistant or associate professor in journalism studies or/and digital methods. The position is based at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture.

The assistant professorship is a three-year training position, after which there will be an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship. The associate professorship is a tenured position.

The appointment begins on 15 November 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
The position
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated researcher and teacher who is willing and able to develop the field of digital methods and journalism studies at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies. The position is open to both assistant (adjunkt) and associate professor (lektor) candidates. The position includes tasks and responsibilities in all of Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
 
Research
Given the increasing amount, diversity and interconnectedness of journalism in digital forms (both contemporary and archived), we are interested in candidates who have a strong research record in either journalism studies or/and digital methods. Candidates who can document research within journalism studies based on digital methods are strongly encouraged to apply; the position is, however, also open to candidates from journalism studies with no record of applying digital methods as well as candidates who can document research based on digital methods within another social science or humanities fields.
 
Regardless of whether the candidates’ main focus is digital methods or journalism studies, they must submit a research plan that clearly describes how they intend to develop innovative digital methods for the study of one or more central issues within journalism studies (e.g. media institutions, technologies and platforms, democracy, citizenship, community, professionalism, participation, gender, political economy or globalisation).
 
Applicants must document research results at an international level.
 
Teaching
The successful applicant will be expected to teach at least two of the mandatory disciplines on the degree programmes at the department (e.g. the BA and MA degree programmes in media studies, the MA degree programme in journalism or the MA degree programme in journalism, media and globalisation). Candidates must specify which courses at the department they will be able to teach. Broad teaching experience is preferred.
 
If an assistant professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be obligated to complete a course in university teaching devised especially for assistant professors.
 
Given the increasingly international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicant should be prepared to teach in English.
 
Talent development
If an assistant professor is appointed, the successful applicant will be expected to develop his or her supervision capabilities at both BA and MA level.
 
If an associate professor is appointed, the successful applicant will also be expected to supervise PhD students and participate in the development, teaching and implementation of PhD courses.
 
Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society outside the university, and to contribute to the general public debate in areas related to the position.
 
The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University.
 
Qualifications
 Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to journalism studies or/and digital methods.
 
Applicants for the assistant professorship must document:
  • a relevant internationally oriented research and publication profile. Publications (up to five) must be submitted with the application;
  • a three-year research plan that clearly describes how they intend to develop innovative digital methods for the study of one or more central issues within journalism studies;
  • the potential to develop a substantial research and publication profile in accordance with the advertised position;
  • the potential to develop research projects related to the advertised position;
  • experience of or interest in working in national and international research networks;
  • successful teaching at university level.
Applicants for the associate professorship must document: 
  • a relevant and high-quality list of peer-reviewed publications. Publications (up to eight) must be submitted with the application; 
  • a five-year research plan that clearly describes how they intend to develop innovative digital methods for the study of one or more central issues within journalism studies;
  • the potential to develop a substantial research and publication profile in accordance with the advertised position;
  • the potential to develop research projects related to the advertised position;
  • experience of working in national and international research networks;
  • experience of or strategies for attracting external grants;
  • successful teaching and supervision at university level.
Applicants for both the assistant and the associate professorship are encouraged to state and document qualifications in applying specific digital methods or any related qualifications.
 
Applicants are also asked to clearly state whether they are applying for the assistant or the associate professorship.
 
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.
 
Participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasise the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department’s excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to be present at the department on a daily basis, which will contribute to the School of Communication and Culture’s goal of establishing one of the best research environments in the Nordic countries.
 
For more information about the application and employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Helle Sindal by email: hsi@au.dk
 
The Department of Media and Journalism Studies
Research and teaching at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies is directed towards Danish and international media with emphasis on the interplay of the core fields of study: media institutions, media production, media texts and media use/reception, and the role of media in culture and society. The research at the department applies a wide array of theoretical and methodological perspectives to these fields of study, incorporating institutional, organisational, sociological and political perspectives, textual and aesthetic forms of expression, production circumstances, media use, media history and media theory. The research environment is characterised by extensive participation in cross-institutional national and international research projects, well-established national and international research networks, and international conferences. In the QS World University Ranking system, communication and media studies at Aarhus University has consistently ranked in the top 50 since 2012 and is currently ranked 35 in the world.
 
Read more about the Department of Media and Journalism Studies here: http://cc.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/media-and-journalism-studies/
 
The Department of Media and Journalism Studies is affiliated with the PhD programme in ICT, media, communication and journalism: http://phd.au.dk/gradschools/arts/programmes/ictmediacommunicationandjournalism/
 
For further information about the position, please contact head of department Jakob Isak Nielsen (jakobisak@cc.au.dk).
 
School of Communication and Culture
The Department of Media and Journalism Studies is part of the School of Communication and Culture, which offers research programmes and study programmes across a variety of fields: e.g. media and journalism studies, information and design studies, language and cognition studies, literature(s), Scandinavian studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the arts and aesthetics. The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. Read more about the school’s academic activities here

Formalities

  • Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
  • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations .
  • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
  • Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Applicant Guidelines.
  • The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant degree certificates, and (if relevant for the position) a teaching portfolio. Please upload this material electronically along with your application. When you submit your application for the assistant professorship, please upload a maximum of five samples of your scholarly output.

    When you submit your application for the associate professorship, please upload a maximum of eight samples of your scholarly output.

    If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal bagground.

Shortlists are prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: http://medarbejdere.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Proces_for_shortlisting_december_2017.pdf

Deadline

All applications must be made online and received by:

02.07.2018
Please apply online here

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