PhD Fellow in Media Studies

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Apr 2023

19th April 2023

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Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
PhD Fellow in Media Studies
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The position

A PhD position in media studies is available at the Department of Tourism and Northern Studies with the research group Narrating the Postcolonial North: Travel, Writing, Performance.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. 

The position is located at the Department of Tourism and Northern Studies (IRN) in Alta. The appointed person must have their daily workplace at the Alta campus. IRN is part of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. The institute has 16 permanent employees, and conducts teaching, research and communication within tourism studies, northern studies and media production.

The Department has a strong research profile and extensive experience with major research projects, including through the research group Narrating the Postcolonial North: Travel, Writing, Performance (NTPN) which research field as tourism, media and new interaction practices in an Arctic context.

The PhD Fellow will be part of an active and engaged environment with good national and international collaboration partners.

The PhD Fellow position is for a period of three years’ full-time study, with the possibility of of extended employment if the doctoral dissertation is submitted within the standard time. If the doctoral dissertation is submitted along with a written recommendation from the supervisor within 3 years or 3 1/2 years from the start date, the PhD Fellow will be receiving a completion grant offer of 12 or 6 months respectively. More information about the completion grant scheme here .

The doctoral project is carried out during the appointment period. A 6-12 month stay at a foreign university is encouraged during the scholarship period.

The workplace is at UiT in Alta. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The position’s field of research

The PhD fellow will be affiliated with the research group Narrating the Postcolonial North: Travel, Writing, Performance. This research group explores media, tourism, and experience production via interdisciplinary approaches, and addresses interaction practices in the North.  

Applicants are asked to design a PhD project in media studies within the following context: 

Sámi as well as Kven artists have taken a prominent position in reclaiming visibility and there is a national and international interest in Sámi and Kven literature, art, popular culture, television shows, films, and music. Simultaneously, there is racism, conflicts, and at times turbulent political debates in Sápmi/the North. There are on-going discussions concerning majority – minority relations, Indigenous and minority rights, and racism, but also regarding identity and representation.

Relevant topics for the PhD project can for instance be, but are not limited to, media and intercultural dialogue; diversity, and freedom of speech; representations in media and public discourse; historical and contemporary narratives in film, television, and social media; memory, identity politics, and public debate; or activism, power, and political resistance.

The applicants must present a proposal outlining the academic basis of the PhD project. The project proposal shall not exceed five pages, literature references included. It must include a description of the theme, research question(s) and a reasoning of the choices. It should also indicate the methodologies to be used. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor. Template for project description can be found here .


For further information about the position, please contact: 

  • Professor Trine Kvidal-Røvik
    • +47 78 45 03 30
  • Professor Stine Agnete Sand
    • +47 78 45 01 27
  • Head of office Gøril Johansen
    • +47 78 45 01 32

S Brøndbo D Jensen J. T Hellgren Hansen

To be appointed to the position, a humanities or social sciences master's degree level or equivalent is required. People who have submitted their master's thesis but have not completed their degree at the time of application, can also apply for the position on the condition that they have obtained their degree and forwarded documentation within a reasonable time.

Applicants must document fluency of in English . Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma. Knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is beneficial.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have good collaboration skills
  • Have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Wants to contribute to a good working environment

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

Admission to the PhD programme 

.For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education  and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:  

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS. 
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS. 
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS. 

UiT normally accepts higher education from countries that are part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

All applicants should have a grade point average of B (or equivalent) on their master’s degree in order to be admitted to the PhD programme. The grade point average also applies to 300 ECTS points integrated five-year master’s degrees, in which all courses are to be included in the grade point average. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here . 

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT . Depending on which country the education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be required to fulfil admission requirements, e.g. a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

We offer
  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund 
  • PhD Fellows are normally given a salary of 501 200 NOK/year with a 3% yearly increase

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.

More practical information about working and living in Norway can be found here:


Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • References with contact information
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description (max. 5 pages, incl. literature references)

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. If English proficiency is not documented in the application, it must be documented before starting in the position. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline. 

General information 

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants .

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. You will become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which gives you many benefits in addition to a lifelong pension: You may be entitled to financial support if you become ill or disabled, your family may be entitled to financial support when you die, you become insured against occupational injury or occupational disease, and you can get good terms on a mortgage. Read more about your employee benefits at: .

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years. 

In Finnmark County there is an arrangement which allows you to have parts of your loan at the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund remitted. 

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure. 

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus comprehensive university at the international forefront. Our vision is to be a driving force for developing the High North. The Northern Sami notion eallju, which means eagerness to work, sets the tone for this motive power at UiT. Along with students, staff and the wider community, we aim to utilise our location in Northern Norway and Sápmi, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio and interdisciplinary advantage to shape the future.

Our social mission is to provide research-based education of high quality, perform artistic development and carry out research of the highest international quality standards in the entire range from basic to applied. We will convey knowledge about disciplines and contribute to innovation. Our social mission unites UiT across various studies, research fields and large geographical distances. This demands good cooperation with trade and industry and civil society as well as with international partners. We will strengthen knowledge-based and sustainable development at a regional, national and international level.

Academic freedom and scientific and ethical principles form the basis for all UiT’s activities. Participation, co-determination, transparency and good processes will provide the decision-making basis we need to make wise and far-sighted priorities. Our students and staff will have the opportunity to develop their abilities and potential. Founded on academic integrity, we will be courageous, committed and generous in close contact with disciplines, people and contemporary developments.

We will demonstrate adaptability and seek good and purposeful utilisation of resources, so we are ready to meet the expectations and opportunities of the future. We will strengthen the quality and impact of our disciplines and core tasks through the following three strategic priority areas.

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