Academic Positions

Professor in Media Studies 981449

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for two to three professorship positions in the field of media studies. The positions are based at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University.
 
The appointments are tenured and begin on 1 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.
 
The positions
We are seeking candidates to play key roles in the continued development of innovative and internationally recognised research and teaching at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies.
 
Each successful applicant must present a strategy for how he/she will contribute to the department’s research and education profile, and account for the relevance of his/her research in an international perspective (see qualifications section).
 
The successful applicants will be expected to contribute to and provide leadership in relation to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.
 
Research
The successful applicants are expected to strengthen the department’s international research profile with regard to at least two of the following core fields of study:
  • media institutions;
  • media production;
  • media texts; 
  • media reception/media use;
  • the role of media in culture and society.
In addition to this, preference will be given to candidates whose research emphasises one or more of the following:
  • generating significant new findings, theory building or methodological innovation within media and communication studies;
  • addressing transformations within media policies, media regulations as well as media production and distribution;
  • contextualising digital technologies within existing debates in media studies as well as wider cultural and societal concerns;
  • expanding media studies into a more transdisciplinary exploration of mediated communication within other cultural, societal and institutional realms.
The successful applicants are expected to take part in and lead major externally financed research projects, and to be a driving force in the development of new national and international research networks.
 
Teaching
The successful applicants are expected to collaborate with the department’s researchers, contributing at a high international level to course development in the field of media and/or journalism studies.
 
Applicants must possess supervision competences at all levels from BA to PhD, and must be actively involved in the development of courses and degree programmes. The successful applicants must be able to teach a number of courses on the BA and MA degree programmes in media studies, the MA degree programme in journalism, the MA degree programme in journalism, media and globalisation, and/or the supplementary subjects in journalism and film and media, respectively. 
 
Applicants must indicate which of the courses at the department they would be able to teach and are encouraged to present their vision regarding curriculum development, teaching methodology and/or the future development of one or more degree programmes at the department. Given the increasingly international focus of the degree programmes, the successful applicants should be prepared to teach in English.
 
Talent development
The successful applicants will be expected to take part in the recruitment of PhD students, in developing and conducting PhD courses, and in promoting the academic development of junior researchers (PhD students, postdocs, assistant professors).
 
Knowledge exchange
Applicants are expected to take part in knowledge exchange with relevant media organisations and institutions as well as society as a whole in relation to the research areas in question.
 
The successful applicants 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 field that is relevant to the position.
 
Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:
 
- significant research publications demonstrating an international research profile at the highest level within at least two of these core fields of study: media institutions, media production, media texts, media reception/media use, and the role of media in culture and society. Publications (up to eight) must be submitted with the application;
 
- a record of accomplishment in research management and in attracting external research funding;
 
- a research plan that demonstrates how they can contribute to the department’s research and education profile, including the way in which their research is relevant in an international perspective;
 
- excellent teaching and supervision competences from BA to PhD level as well as active contributions to the development of courses and study programmes. Applicants must indicate which of the courses at the department they would be able to teach;
 
- strong competences in and commitment to supervision and career development of junior researchers (PhD students, postdoc students and/or assistant professors) and the development of PhD courses;
 
- active participation in international research networks.
 
Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if
  • applicants present their vision regarding curriculum development, teaching methodology and/or the future development of one or more degree programmes at the department. They may do so in the application or the teaching portfolio that is to accompany the application (see formalities section);
  • applicants can document experience of knowledge exchange activities and participation in national and international councils, boards or committees.
The application must be submitted in English.
 
If the successful applicants do not speak Danish, they 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 at 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 applicants are 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 via email to hsi@au.dk.
 
About Media and Journalism Studies at AU
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, 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 as well as 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.
 
The media and journalism studies degree programmes are affiliated with the PhD programme in ICT, media, communication and journalism.
 
For further information about the position, please contact head of department Jakob Isak Nielsen (jakobisak@cc.au.dk).
 
The 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.   

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities

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 background.

Shortlists may be 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:

01.08.2018
Please apply online here

Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 10,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society, the Danish School of Education, and the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

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