Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Platform Studies

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Aug 2024

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of tenure-track assistant professor of platform studies based at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies.

The tenure-track assistant professorship begins with a full-time, fixed-term, five-year appointment as assistant professor with a view to permanent employment (tenure) as associate professor. For information about attaining tenure, see Tenure review and the tenure-track assistant professorship below.

The position begins on 1 January 2025or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position

Media platforms play an increasingly important role in the media system. They have a huge impact on how citizens, states, organisations and companies communicate, and how mediated content is produced, distributed and consumed. Understanding the societal implications of various citizens’ and actors’ usage of the platforms, along with the technological, governing, economic and sociocultural contexts, is important for developing media studies research and education in a quickly changing world. There is a strong need to integrate approaches from cultural studies, digital methods, and critical algorithm, platform and infrastructure studies to address the specific challenges that platform logics and economics present to society. The tenure-track position is expected to contribute to international strands of research at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University, with a focus on, for example, the role of AI-powered algorithms, changing dynamics of collective behaviour or the development of business models, processes of datafication and regulation of platforms. 

The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University is looking for a new colleague with research experience in the fields of platform studies, media studies, digital and computational social science methods and/or digital media infrastructures. Applicants should demonstrate knowledge about citizens’ and other actors’ usage of platforms as well as the sociocultural role of digital media and communication technologies and institutions. They should also demonstrate competences in the uses of platform analytics or digital methods in a research setting with a plan for how to transfer it to the educational context for BA and MA students in media studies. As our students increasingly come to work within the domains of platforms based on the access and processing of trace/log data, we are looking for a new colleague with a strong understanding of platform data processing and analysis and a clear interest in the wider business logics and the cultural, social and/or political implications of platform data. Applicants should have a background combining classical methods (for example quantitative content analysis and/or surveys) within sociology or social science (or other fields with statistical training), computational methods and data studies.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications. 

School of Communication and Culture

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