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Two PhD Positions Focusing on Media Effects and Public Opinion Formation

University of Gothenburg, Sweden is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in social sciences. The funds for this fellowship are available for 4 years. Potential candidates should apply before November 19, 2018.

Two PhD positions focusing on media effects and public opinion formation

We are hiring two PhD students to work in the ERC-funded project Varieties of Media Effects. The research project will study public opinion on a range of societal problems, and how these opinions are influenced by news media coverage and citizens' media usage, in a rapidly changing media environment. The empirical studies are based on a combination of methods for data collection - panel surveys, media content analyses, focus groups and experiments - and will be conducted in close collaboration with the SOM institute at the University of Gothenburg. The PhD students will work together in a project team consisting of two PhD students, one postdoc and one principal investigator.

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within journalism, media and communication, to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of an article-based scholarly thesis, and to contribute to the research project of which the doctoral studentship is part.

The PhD students will work with different parts of the research project. PhD student 1 will primarily work on those parts that focuses on quantitative analyses of media content and panel surveys. PhD student 2 will primarily work on those parts that are based on experimental methods for studying media effects.

The PhD students should be well acquainted with research fields such as media and communication, media effects and/or public opinion formation more generally. Experience and expertise with specific relevance to the project are particularly valued, both with respect to knowledge of the field and methodological skills.

The positions are limited to 4 years in duration and carried out on a full-time basis. The positions may include departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39): 1.a degree at the second-cycle level, 2.at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or 3.largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad. An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40): A master's degree in journalism worth 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), or a master's degree in media and communication studies worth 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), or a master's degree within the humanities/social sciences worth at least 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits) if the applicants degree project was clearly and primarily linked to the area of journalism and media studies. Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.

The applicant must be proficient in English at a level that will enable him or her to fully benefit from scientific literature and courses at the doctoral level and to actively participate in the doctoral seminars, and to write the dissertation in English. According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programs and on the department's supervisory resources.

Assessment of applicants will particularly focus on experiences and expertise of relevance to the project.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. Decision cannot be appealed.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years

Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Gothenburg First day of employment: 2019-03-01 or by agreement Reference number: PAR 2018/1220 Prior to the recruitment procedure, the Department of journalism, media and communication will have determined the recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore firmly request that contact with media sellers, recruitment sites and the like be avoided.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu. se.

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Attach verified copies of your education and English proficiency proving your eligibility. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

It is for the applicant to make sure the application is complete and no changes/additions are allowed after the last date of application

Scholarly publications etc. that are not available electronically shall be submitted to (write the reference number on the documents): The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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