Postdoctoral position in digital media/communication and/or digital humanities

Updated: 19 days ago
Deadline: 11 Oct 2020

The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in digital media/communication and/or digital humanities as part of a H2020-project on the societal values of culture to be filled by January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is for up to 30 months.

Job content
We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc who will conduct research and take on coordination, organisational and communicative tasks (80%) in the context of an international research project funded by the European Commission, and teach (20%) at the Department’s BA and/or MA programs.

The research and organizational tasks will be part of the H2020-project, INVENT: European inventory of societal values of culture as a basis for inclusive cultural policies in the globalizing world (2020-2023). The INVENT consortium conducts large-scale empirical research in nine European countries on how conceptions and values of culture are constructed across different socio-economic groups. Special attention is paid to European citizens’ perceptions and evaluations of how trends such as globalization, digitalization and increasing social inequalities have impacted culture. The project is based on a mixed-method research design (incl. surveys, a smart phone study with experimental stimuli, data scraping of online content, focus groups, case studies, and individual interviews).

INVENT is coordinated by PI Professor Susanne Janssen (Rotterdam) and a board consisting of Predrag Cveticanin (Serbia), Professor Tally Katz-Gerro (Haifa), Professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen (Copenhagen), Professor Frederich Lebaron (Paris), ProfessorSemi Purhonen (Tampere), Professor Jordi López Sintas (Barcelona), Professor Inga Tomic-Koludrovic (Croatia), Associate Professor Marc Verboord (Rotterdam), Postdoc Sebastian Weingartner (Zurich). For more information about the project and team: https://inventculture.eu .

The postdoc will be affiliated with the entire project but especially one of its work packages (WP5), focusing on digitalization, led by Professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen (Copenhagen).

Main duties

  • Conducting research within the framework of the INVENT project, as outlined in the grant agreement (especially WP5 on digitalization);
  • Contributing to the project’s data collection and data analysis (survey data, smartphone study, data scraping, focus group and individual interviews, case studies, etc.);
  • Publishing and presenting research results in the form of policy briefings, reports, articles in international peer reviewed journals, and papers at international meetings and conferences;
  • Participating in and contributing to project meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences;
  • Coordinating and contributing to the organisation and dissemination of project activities and findings to a wider academic and non-academic audience, among others via social media, the project’s website, workshops and conferences
  • Teaching at the Department of Communication’s BA and/or MA programs (20%)

Qualification requirements
In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within the field of digital media/communication and/or digital humanities, and/or sociology.

The following professional qualifications and personal competences are furthermore required:

  • Research interest in cultural identity, cultural policy, European culture and research skills in digital media/communication and/or digital humanities
  • Interest in cross-disciplinary cooperation
  • Teaching experience within the domain of digital media/communication and/or digital humanities
  • Strong methodological and analytical skills, in particular advanced knowledge about and experience with quantitative and digital methods (e.g. data scraping and analyses of large datasets) but preferably also with qualitative methods (e.g. interviews and analysis of interview data)
  • Proven affinity for empirical research, as evidenced by your research work, publications, research plans and other projects;
  • Strong organisational experience and skills;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Danish and English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C2-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen (netenk@hum.ku.dk )
For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013: https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/job-structure-for-academic-staff-at-universities-2013.pdf

Application
Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *
  • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years focusing on how the applicant will contribute to the INVENT project
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.
  • Teaching portfolio

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from Pernille Lykke Paulsen (HR) hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk , please refer to ID number 211-0534/20-2I.

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 33,600 (EUR 4,507) per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see https://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/pension/

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, https://ism.ku.dk/onarrival/

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH.

Read more here : http://ism.ku.dk , http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/frontpage.htm

and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 11 October 2020.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


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