PhD Research Fellowship in Social Media Narratives at the Center for Digital Narrative (CDN)

University of Bergen
March 19, 2023
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PhD Research Fellowship in Social Media Narratives at the Center for Digital

Narrative (CDN)

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PhD Research Fellowship

The Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies invites applications for one (1)PhD position in Social Media Narratives at the Center for Digital Narrative commencing from September 1st 2023, or as agreed. The position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

About the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

The Department offers research-based teaching within a wide span of study programs, including Digital Culture, Art History, Theatre Studies, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Scandinavian Languages and Literature, Old Norse Studies, and Norwegian as a Second Language and Norwegian Languages Courses for international students and employees at the University of Bergen. From the fall of 2023 onwards, the Department will be proud to host the Center for Digital Narrative (CDN), a Norwegian Center of Excellence.

The position will be affiliated with the Center for Digital Narrative funded by the Research Council of Norway. The center focuses on algorithmic narrativity, new environments and materialities, and the shifting cultural contexts in which digital narratives are received and processed. We investigate the ways that the interactions of human authors and non-human agents result in new narrative forms, how the materialities of digital narratives have changed over time, and how cultural contexts are reshaping their materiality, use and function.

About the project

The successful candidate's PhD project will address narratives emerging in social media with an emphasis on marginalized and/or ideology-driven voices and communities. The project should use interpretative, qualitative methodologies, e.g., ethnography, visual or textual analysis etc. We are particularly interested in projects that consider how collective narratives shared across social media connect to a sense of belonging to or being excluded from a group. Relevance to a Norwegian or Nordic context is an advantage. There is some flexibility in the topic of the doctoral thesis, which the candidate will develop further in collaboration with the leaders of CDN's group for social media.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian master's degree or an equivalent foreign research-based degree in digital culture, media studies, visual studies, literary studies, gender studies, critical race studies, cultural studies, or a related field. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who document a foreign degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Programme plan.
  • The applicant must both be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good collaboration skills.
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Experience in any of the following areas is considered an advantage:

  • Academic research in digital narratives in the MA thesis or other work, particularly research relevant to the focus areas of CDN.
  • Past publication of research or research communication.
  • Digital humanities methods.
  • Applicants must submit a proposal for a research project that will result in a doctoral dissertation.

    Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program pt. 2.1.

    In assessing the applications, the academic quality and feasibility of the proposed PhD project and the academic qualifications of the candidate will be considered. Further emphasis is also placed on strategic considerations, motivation, and the applicant's personal eligibility.

    About the PhD position

    The main purpose of the PhD postition is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for a career in academia and for other forms of employment that require high analytical skills. The duration of the PhD position is four years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results, and administration. The plan for this part of the position is developed in collaboration with the Center and the Department at the beginning of the employment period.

    Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen, are not eligible to apply for this position.

    The employment period may be reduced for candidates who have previously been employed in a recruitment position.

    The PhD position demands that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen, the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    About the research training

    The PhD candidates must participate in the faculty's educational program for a PhD degree, this entails completing a training component of 30 ECTS, annual progress reporting and a midway evaluation halfway through the PhD period. Click here for additional details on the content and requirements of the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.

    It is a prerequisite that the applicant meets the requirements for admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Annual salary of NOK 500.800 gross (code 1017), corresponding to pay grade 54 in the state salary scale, following ordinary meriting regulations.Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise.
  • Good welfare benefits
  • How to apply for the position:

    Applications must be sent electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form.

    The application must include:

  • A project proposal of up to five pages/12.000 characters, when bibliography is not included. The project proposal should describe the research project, including research background, main research questions, theory, method, etc., and a timetable for implementation.
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. This must contain information about the number of ECTS of the master's degree, or be followed by an official and personalized confirmation with this information issued by the awarding institution.
  • A short summary of the master's thesis or equivalent thesis (up to three pages).
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • A progress plan for the project.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Publications in your name (up to three works).
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • The application and attachments need to be in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English. Documents in other languages need to be uploaded together with a certified translation into English (or a Scandinavian language). Attachments can be in either Word or PDF and must be uploaded to Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

    General information:

    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Jill Walker Rettberg ([email protected]), Center Director Scott Rettberg ([email protected]) or Head of department Anders Fagerjord, phone 55 58 36 53, email: ([email protected]).

    The public sector should reflect the diversity of Norwegian society. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The best qualified candidates for the position will be invited to an interview.

    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 applicants. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    Questions or queries about the electronic application process can be directed to The Faculty of Humanities: [email protected]

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    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

    There are four departments and four centres at Faculty of Humanities. Read more about the faculty and departments.


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