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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Critical Social Media Studies

University of Aarhus - School of Communication and Culture

Location: Aarhus - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th February 2020
Closes: 30th March 2020
Job Ref: 2861

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for the position of either assistant professor or associate professor of critical social media studies based at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies.

The assistant professorship is a full-time, fixed-term three-year position and, subject to appropriate funding, there will be an opportunity to apply for a subsequent associate professorship. The associate professorship is full-time and tenured. Applicants must indicate clearly for which of the two positions they are applying.

The appointment begins on 01 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position
The field of media and journalism studies is currently undergoing significant changes not least due to the increasing digitalisation of culture and society that has radically transformed the basic conditions under which mediated content is produced, distributed, used and experienced. These new conditions call for critical and innovative ways to train qualified students in media and journalism studies for a rapidly changing job market and to produce high quality research that helps society make sense of contemporary media landscapes. The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University is taking an international lead in developing research and study programmes based on the premise that the ability to fully understand the implications of digital technologies within various media necessitates the adaptation and integration of digital modes of enquiry into both research and teaching.

Against this background, we are looking for an applicant with the ability to combine theoretical issues and development within critical social media studies with computational social science methods, such as critical analyses of social media through big data. We are seeking applicants who can demonstrate strong competences in critically analysing social media through big data and computational social science methods. Applicants should be able to demonstrate research and teaching interests and experience in two or more of the following areas:

  • Critical algorithm studies
  • Mobile communication studies
  • Digital circulation and network analysis
  • Democratic challenges
  • Discrimination and inequality
  • Collective behaviour

In sum, we are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will enhance the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contributing to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.

Research
The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. Research and teaching at the department are directed towards Danish and international media with an emphasis on the interplay of the core fields of study: media institutions, media production, media texts and media use/reception, and the role of media in culture and society. The research at the department applies a wide array of theoretical and methodological perspectives to these fields of study, incorporating institutional, organisational, sociological and political perspectives, textual and aesthetic forms of expression, production circumstances, media use, media history and media theory.

Application deadline
30 March 

Read the full job description and apply at the university homepage

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