PhD Position in Journalism/Media Language

Country: Denmark;

City: Odense

Vacancy added: 20.05.2018

Employer: University of Southern Denmark

Vacancy type: PhD position;

For whom: For researchers;

Resumes due: 20.06.2018


Do you want a research education as a salaried and institutionally supported PhD student? The Centre for Journalism at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark invites applications for one or more PhD scholarships within journalism as of September 1, 2018 or soon thereafter. Applicants interested in Danish media language and/or rhetorical aspects of journalism and politics are especially encouraged to apply.

As a PhD student, you will be affiliated with the Centre for Journalism. For more information about the department’s organisation, research, and teaching, please visit the website.

The ideal applicant and PhD project proposal
To qualify for a PhD scholarship, you must have a high academic level and be able to outline an original research project. The project is individual, but it should be related to the ongoing research in the Centre for Journalism (see below). We are looking for candidates possessing personal qualities such as curiosity and a strong desire to understand and solve societal challenges. You must be able work independently and—in consultation with the PhD supervisor—prioritize the different aspects of your work. Finally, you are expected to have good interpersonal skills, be interested in engaging with the national and international research community (your supervisor and the department will support you in this), be present and take part in the daily academic and social environments in Odense.

When applying, you must enclose a project proposal as well as a motivated suggestion for a supervisor. When preparing these documents, you are strongly advised to consider the research profile and the staff of the Center for Journalism. Please also consult the general guidelines for preparing a project proposal at the PhD School’s webpage.
Applicants are also strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the department's Scholarly Qualification Matrix.

The Centre for Journalism employs around 25 people – counting journalistic lecturers, researchers and administrative staff. It has three study programmes (a bachelor and two master programmes), has around 500 students, and it ranks among the world’s strongest research groups within the areas of journalism and political communication. For more information about the centre please visit the website.

The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Requirements and programme structure
As a PhD student you will follow an individual PhD plan including course work, conference participation, and teaching. PhD students typically spend one semester at another research institution, often abroad. The scholarship carries a monthly salary including pension plus office facilities and financial support for conference travels and research visits abroad. Conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

If selected for the position(s) you will be enrolled in the PhD programme in Political Science or alternatively Social Sciences. Applications are invited from candidates with a master’s degree (the 5+3 programme). Masters in political science are preferred, but candidates with master’s degrees in other social sciences, e.g. economics or sociology, may also be considered. Candidates who, in addition to their bachelor's degree, expect to have passed 60 ECTS of their master’s programme by September 1, 2018, are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship within the 4+4 programme.

A 5+3 PhD programme spans over three years (fully salaried) while the 4+4 programme runs for a period of four years. If enrolled in the 4+4 programme, your will be enrolled in the PhD programme and the master’s programme parallel to each other. During this period, the pay will consist of the Danish Student Allowance (SU)—if you are entitled to it—and a supplementary salary for job assignments. After completing the master’s degree, you will enter a fully salaried PhD scholarship for the remaining two years. Employment as a salaried PhD Student is governed by the agreement of October 1, 2008 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5—protocol on PhD Research Fellows.

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