PhD in Journalism Studies and News Audience Research

Roskilde Universitet (RUC)

Ph.d. & forskning

The Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, invites applications for a salaried PhD position in Journalism Studies and News Audience Research from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years of full-time study.

Description of the PhD project
The title of the PhD project is: “The public consumption of journalism and development of audiences’ news habits in a digital era”.

The PhD is part of a collaborative research project, ‘Beyond the Here and Now of News’, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, which will be conducted both at Aalborg University’s Copenhagen campus (AAU-Cph) and Roskilde University (RUC). One PhD position will be located at AAU-Cph, the other at RUC. Accordingly, interested applicants are highly encouraged to submit the same application to this post at RUC, and to the related PhD position at Aalborg University:

Both PhD candidates are expected to begin on February 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidates will be part of a collaborative research team, headed by Associate Professor Chris Peters (AAU-Cph) and Professor Kim Christian Schrøder (RUC), looking to study the social, cultural, technological, and material processes that influence how people consume news and what leads them to change their habits. One PhD project is expected to centre around the theme of ‘Developing News Repertoires in Everyday Life’, while the other will focus upon ‘News Habits across The Lifespan’, although applicants are encouraged to suggest alternatives they feel fit within the project’s aims and directions.

A press release explaining the project is available at:

To obtain an academic description of the project and a journal article written by the two project leaders, please contact Professor Kim Christian Schrøder

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student in The Doctoral School of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University.

The Doctoral School for Communication and Arts (ARTS-PHD) offers a doctoral programme in Communication and Arts in an active, dynamic and cross-disciplinary research environment.

Read more here

As a PhD student at Roskilde University you will be associated with the research group Journalism and Democracy.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (

Applicants are expected to have a strong educational background and a completed master’s degree (kandidatuddannelse) within one of the following or related disciplines: Media Studies, Communication, Journalism Studies, Audience and Reception Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Digital Humanities, or Computer Science.

Applicants are required to motivate their application in relation to the project documents mentioned above, as well as their given interests and expertise. This should take the form of a Project Description (max. 5 pages double-spaced), in which you position yourself in relation to the overall project area and to one or both of the two PhD positions, reflecting on ways in which you could be a participant, theoretically and empirically, in bringing the project objectives to fruition.

The PhD candidates are expected to:

  • Complete an article-based, PhD dissertation (as opposed to a monograph) within the three-year funding period. This will require producing international journal articles and/or book chapter publications, which can be written with other members of the project team, including the project supervisors.
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative empirical research (data collection and analysis of news use).
  • Collaborate on a regular basis with the project team, participate in a relevant research group at the home university, and actively participate in advisory board meetings (comprised of international academic experts and leading members of Denmark’s journalism industry).
  • Participate actively in PhD activities at the doctoral school.

In addition, they are expected to demonstrate:

  • Excellent command of Danish (as a prerequisite of doing fieldwork in Denmark).
  • Good command of English (oral and written) is necessary, and experience writing academically in English is considered an asset.
  • Excellent academic record (as shown by a list of MA-grades and timely completion of MA-education).
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with other members of the project team.
  • Interest in being part of an international research community.

You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;

In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:

  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Quality and relevance of the Project Description mentioned above, including the quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choices
  • The fit of the Project Description with the overall project aims, as described in the documents mentioned above.
  • Ability to complete the PhD project

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Kim Christian Schrøder: email, or tel. (+45) 46743808 or (+45) 40985378

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time 37 hours per week and you will refer to head of department Hanne Løngreen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent

4. Your description of the PhD project

5. Your time schedule of the PhD project

6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

Please submit your application no later than 15-11-2018.
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Ansøgningsfrist d. 01.02.2019

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