Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University) in south Stockholm is a dynamic
institute of higher education with a unique profile and high academic
standard. A large proportion of the university staff holds doctorates and
there is a strong link between undergraduate education and research. Södertörn
University has around 13 000 students and 840 employees. Undergraduate and
postgraduate education and research are conducted in the Humanities, Social
Sciences, Life Sciences, Technology and Education. Our site is in
Flemingsberg. Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.
Media and Communication Studies is one of Sweden's leading environments for
media research and education. It engages with the contemporary media landscape
and is founded on a historically informed understanding in which digital
communication technologies and their contexts are related to their
predecessors. The research environment currently comprises around 25
researchers/lecturers, including five full professors, eight associate
professors (docents), and four doctoral students. All the doctoral students
have an international profile, and English is the working language for the
doctoral degree programme.
A postdoctoral fellow's duties primarily involve research, but may also
include, for example, development of research activities and participation in
the scientific community through commitments as reviewer, expert, and speaker.
A certain degree of teaching (in Swedish and/or English) may be included in
the duties, up to a maximum of 20% of the employment.
Administrative tasks may also occur (e.g. organisation of research seminars
and networking events).
In addition, there are specific tasks related to the project Automating
Welfare: Algorithmic Infrastructures for Human Flourishing in Europe (AUTO-
WELF) funded by the Chanse programme Transformations: social and cultural
dynamics in the digital age (project leader Anne Kaun):
Independent execution, documentation and analysis of ethnographic
fieldwork, interviews, and document analysis in Sweden and Estonia
Independent execution, documentation, and analysis of workshops with
citizens on automation in the welfare sector in Sweden and Estonia
Processing of the empiric material for the comparative analysis
Organization of academic workshops and events (mainly in English)
Participation in presentations and publications (mainly in English)
Contribution to other activities relevant to the project
AUTO-WELF approaches automated welfare from the perspective of the people
affected by automated decision-making (ADM) - the infrastructural engineers
and designers of automated decision systems, the administrators who interact
with automated decision systems, and the people whose data are fed into the
systems and who are targeted in the processes to improve welfare through
automation. AUTO-WELF addresses digital transformations of work by focusing on
development and human-machine collaboration in ADM processes, and examines the
role that technological, social, and cultural dynamics play in promoting or
hindering progress in welfare automation.
The candidate's research activities will contribute to the objectives of the
project by planning and conducting empirical studies of the experiences of
administrators and citizens with automated welfare in Sweden and Estonia, and
to comparative studies of these experiences with other EU countries. The
candidate is expected to work within a team to conduct qualitative and
possibly quantitative research to understand the dilemmas and new
opportunities associated with automated welfare provision for citizens' well-
being, and to help assess the implications of automated public sector
decision-making for the values underpinning the Swedish and Estonian welfare
Eligible to apply for a postdoctoral position are those who have completed
a doctoral degree or have another degree equivalent to a doctoral degree, in
media and communication studies or related fields such as media technology,
sociology, ethnology, or political science and studies in public
administration with a focus on (digital) media.
Preference should be given to those who have completed a doctoral degree or
have a qualification equivalent to a doctoral degree no more than three years
before the end of the period for applying for the postdoctoral position. Those
who have obtained a doctorate, or a foreign qualification equivalent to a
doctorate, at an earlier date may also be considered if there are special
reasons. Examples of special reasons are parental leave, sick leave, or a
position of trust in a trade union. Otherwise, the applicant must have the
personal qualities needed to perform the position well and to represent the
university in a way that benefits its activities.
This post requires a good command of Swedish (at least reading
comprehension). Knowledge of Estonian is an advantage.
Scientific excellence is demonstrated by a scientific thesis and other
scientific publications in the relevant field and participation in research
In addition, the following assessment criteria have been established for
this post (in order of priority). The following points must be documented.
Social scientific research skills in the field of automation, artificial
intelligence, algorithms, data mining, big data, digital media
Research skills in social science methodologies and proficiency in the use
of analytical software such as MAXQDATA or Nvivo
skills in project participation and management
Language skills in Swedish (reading comprehension) and Estonian
Good collaboration skills
For full information on eligibility, assessment of eligibility and assessment
criteria see Södertörn University's employment regulations.
The position is full-time and limited to 27 months or for the period 1/1
2023 to 31/3 2025. Commencement by agreement.
The closing date for applications is 2022-10-20.
For additional information contact
Anne Kaun, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, 0046 8 608 4791,
Fredrik Stiernstedt, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Head of
Department, 0046 8 608 4022, email@example.com
Mirjam Bargello Lindberg, HR-generalist, 0046 8 608 5174,
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