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OPEN POSITIONS Postdoctoral fellow to the the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication


Information about the project

We are hiring one postdoctoral fellow to work in the ERC-funded project Varieties of Media Effects (2019-2024). The research project studies public opinion on a range of societal problems, and how these opinions are influenced by news media coverage and citizens’ media usage, in a rapidly changing media environment. More specifically, the research project analyses a range of factors that contributes to long-term media effects on public opinion. The empirical studies are based on a combination of methods for data collection – panel surveys, media content analyses, focus groups and experiments – and are conducted in close collaboration with the SOM institute at the University of Gothenburg. The postdoctoral researcher will work together in a project team consisting of two PhD students, several affiliated scholars and one principal investigator (Associate Professor Adam Shehata).

Read more about the research project Varieties of Media Effects (VARME)
Read more about the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication

Subject area

Media- and Communication Science

Job assignments

A postdoctoral fellow in the Varieties of Media Effects project is expected to publish original research that harmonize with the purpose of the project, in close collaboration with Associate Professor Adam Shehata as well as the other researchers engaged in the project. A postdoctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg can be assigned to teach up to twenty percent of the working time.


A postdoctoral fellow position is open to candidates who have received a PhD in media and communication or political science, or related field. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their degree no more than three years before the application deadline. Those who graduated earlier may also be given consideration, if there are special reasons.


The applicant must have a PhD in media- and communication science, political science or a similar discipline. Accumulated experience in opinion research, media studies, or political psychology is required. Knowledge of quantitative research and analysis, such as experiments, panel studies and/or automated media content analyses, is a requirement, as is a documented experience of statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata and/or R. Excellent English skills, oral and in writing, is required since the working language within the program is English.  

To be successful in this position you must have an eye for detail, be good at organizing and be a problem solver. You need to be able to work together with a large and diverse group of researchers and assistants. We expect that you have excellent communication and collaboration skills. We will make an overall assessment and the applicants considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the duties described above will be appointed to the position.


Fixed-term employment, two years, full time, start date January 1st 2020 or per agreement. 

Appointment procedure

The application should include a statement of how the applicant's research agenda would contribute to the research project Varieties of Media Effects, a C.V., two-five publications and a list of two references who can be contacted for letters of reference. 

 For further information:

- Regarding the position please contact:
Associate Professor Adam Shehata,

- Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact 
Isabella Zander,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to:

University of Gothenburg
Adam Shehata
Box 710
405 30 Gothenburg

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: October 22, 2019


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.





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In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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