Post doctoral fellow to the Department of Journalism, Media and

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: Fixed term

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The research project Moving from networked to patchworked society: Motivational underpinnings and societal consequences (DigiPatch) is now searching for a post doctoral fellow who is expected to conduct research within the framework of one work package that will conduct a comparative panel survey in five countries: Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The work package is headed by Professor Jesper Strömbäck at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication.

The research project Moving from networked to patchworked society: Motivational underpinnings and societal consequences (DigiPatch) is a three-year research project starting in late 2022. It is funded by Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe (Chanse) and the Swedish research council Forte. In brief, the purpose of this cross-disciplinary research project is to investigate the role of digitalization in social and cultural transformations, and how psychological needs, media use, cognitive needs and biases, and processes of social influence interact to shape people’s loyalties and identities, and the construal of parallel virtual and social realities lacking social cohesion. The research project includes scholars from psychology, political science, and media and communication.

Read more about the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication

Subject area

Media- and Communication Science 

Job assignments

A post doctoral fellow in the research project Moving from networked to patchworked society: Motivational underpinnings and societal consequences (DigiPatch) is expected to conduct original research that harmonize with the aims of the research project, and to work on designing and conducting the cross-national panel survey that is part of the project. The work will be done in close collaboration with professor Jesper Strömbäck, and other scholars that are part of the project. A post doctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg can be assigned to teach up to twenty percent of the working time.


A post doctoral fellow position is open to candidates who have received a PhD in media and communication or a related field. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Those who graduated earlier may also be given consideration, if there are special reasons.


The applicant must have a PhD in media- and communication science or a related discipline. Accumulated experience in opinion research, media studies, and political psychology is required, as is knowledge about and experience of working with panel surveys. The same holds for a documented experience of statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata and/or R. Experience of working in international and cross-disciplinary research projects is a merit. Another merit is experience of having responsibility for organizing data collection and applying for ethics approval. Excellent English skills, oral and in writing, is required since the working language within the program is English.

To be successful in this position you must have an eye for detail, be good at organizing and be a problem solver. You need to be able to work together with a large and diverse group of researchers and assistants. We expect that you have excellent communication and collaboration skills. We will make an overall assessment and the applicants considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the duties described above will be appointed to the position.


Fixed-term employment, two years, full time, start date January 1, 2023 or per agreement.

Appointment procedure

The application should include a statement of how the applicant's research experience and research agenda would contribute to the research project Moving from networked to patchworked society: Motivational underpinnings and societal consequences (DigiPatch), a C.V., two-three writing samples and a list of three or more references who can be contacted for letters of reference. 

For further information 

- Regarding the position please contact:
Professor Jesper Strömbäck,, +46 31 786 4934
- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact:
Agneta Felix, human resources administrator, 


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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. 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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. 

The application is to be written in English.

Applications must be received by: 26th of October, 2022 

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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