PhD position in Computational Social Science at MediaFutures
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PhD position in Computational Social Science at MediaFutures: Research
Centre for Responsible Media Technology and Innovation
There is a vacancy for a PhD position at MediaFutures: Research Centre for
Responsible Media Technology & Innovation at the Department for information
science and media studies, University of Bergen. The position is for 4 years
and 25 % of the time is compulsory duties at the department.
MediaFutures is a new centre for research-based innovation at the Department
for information science and media studies, University of Bergen, and will be
located at Media City Bergen. The centre is a part of the Norwegian Research
Council's Research-based Innovation scheme. MediaFutures will in cooperation
with industry partners from news media and media technology research topics
like media experiences, recommender technology, content production and
analysis, content interaction and availability, and Norwegian language
technology. The goal is to develop responsible technological solutions to
societal challenges like AI, fake news, echo chambers and political
polarization. The results will be new digital tools, analysis methods and
content types for the future of media. The center will also perform research
training within media technology and innovation. This will create outputs such
as new patents, prototypes, research articles and software, as well and
innovative start-up companies.
Read more about the centre at https: // www. mediafutures.no.
About the project/work tasks:
We are looking for a candidate who wants to work on the research frontiers in
computational social science with a focus on responsible media technologies.
The PhD candidate work at MediaFutures and will be affiliated with the DARS
research group (https: // dars.uib.no) at the Department of Information
Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen. The candidate will be
supervised by Prof. Dr. Christoph Trattner and will report to the centre
director at MediaFutures.
Computational Social Science project proposals in the context in technology
with an application to responsible media communication are prioritized. A
particular interest lies in applicants willing to research on technologies
communicating health related topics such as, for example, the COVID-19
Qualifications and personal qualities:
The applicant must hold a master's degree in Information Science, Computer
Science, Informatics, or equivalent, and the degree has to be completed by
the application deadline
Programming skills (e.g., in Python) and knowledge in statistics are a
Experience from scientific work (e.g., previous conference and journal
publications) is an advantage.
We value candidates that can work structured and in a team.
Proficiency in both written and oral English (this is the working
language of the project).
A background within data science is an advantage.
Personal qualities will be emphasized.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.
About the PhD position:
About the PhD position:
The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time
comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and
dissemination of results. The employment period for the successful candidate
may be reduced if he or she previously has been employed in a PhD position.
About the research training:
As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the doctoral educational
programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. The programme corresponds to
a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation.
To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master degree. The
educational background must be equivalent to a five-year Master education,
including a two-year Master degree and a Master thesis at least 30 ECTS. It is
expected that the topic of the Master degree is connected to the academic
field to which you are seeking admission.
We can offer:
Salary at pay grade 54 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government
salary scale (equivalent to NOK 491 200,- per year). Further promotions
are made according to length of service in the position.
A good and professionally challenging working environment
Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
Good welfare benefits
Your application must include:
A cover letter and including a brief account of your research interests,
motivation and proposal for research and for applying for the position max
The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them
must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's
A list of academic publications
Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including
your master's thesis or equivalent)
If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic
countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master's degree (or the
equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the
application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit
an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a
Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this
page marked “Apply for this job”.
The application has to be marked: 21/7408
Closing date: August 15, 2021
Applications submitted without a cover letter or applications sent as e-mails
will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an
Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Centre
Director, Professor Christoph Trattner, e-mail Christoph.Trattner@uib.no,
phone (+47) 45 39 61 80.
Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to
senior officer Bodil Hægland, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the doctoral education program
at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Further information about the program is
available on the webpage https:// www. uib.no/en/svf/37940/doctoral-education.
Questions about the program may be directed to senior officer Hanne
Gravermoen, e-mail: email@example.com, phone: +47 55 58 90 68.
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the
greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore
a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People
with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to
apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information
when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has
asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant
must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the
position at all times.
For further information about the recruitment process, click here.
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About The University of Bergen
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organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic
centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at
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