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[Commlist] Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Groningen, Project: “Who’s Breaking the News? Global Conflict Reporting in the Digital Age”

Tue Jul 30 19:06:01 GMT 2019

  Postdoctoral Researcher “Who’s Breaking the News? Global Conflict
  Reporting in the Digital Age” (0.6 FTE, 1 year fixed term)

  Job description
  We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the research
  project /'/Who’s Breaking the News? Global Conflict Reporting in the
  Digital Age'. The selected candidate will perform research on actor
  networks and content production to explore how conflicts and crises
  are covered today and work closely with project leader Dr Ansgard
  Heinrich. This is an excellent opportunity for a talented young
  researcher to join a vibrant research-active department and an
  international, enthusiastic team of media and journalism scholars.

*Project information: “Who’s Breaking the News? Global Conflict Reporting in the Digital Age”*

The project /'/Who’s Breaking the News?' analyses the fundamental transformations of global conflict reporting. Funded with the help of an NWO Aspasia grant, the project takes the digitization and globalization of societies as point of departure to explore today’s complex, digital information networks in which a variety of agents cover conflict. We research how, in an age in which human suffering, abuse of human rights, terror and ongoing wars across the globe are prevalent, the communicative infrastructure to understand these issues is fundamentally disrupted. While legacy news media across the globe seem to struggle to define and to keep their audiences and while misinformation and outright propaganda appear to undermine democracies, a new information sharing sphere has evolved. Numerous agents are empowered by digital tools to take part in news production and dissemination. We research what such redistribution of conflict reporting means for the news and information supply that underlies public debate and decision-making on pressing social issues. Overall, 'Who’s Breaking the News?'//aims to cater to the urgent need to understand the dynamics of (online) communication networks that shape our perception of conflict today.

*Key responsibilities*
The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and engage in research projects in close cooperation with the project leader. This will include research, writing and publication of articles in academic publications and the presentation of first research results at workshops and conferences. The selected candidate will also actively assist in the acquisition of further funding and be part of the organising team for an international workshop on the topic. The postdoc will be supervised by the project leader and will actively participate in regular research meetings at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS).

/The selected candidate can discuss the opportunity to (additionally to the research position) teach within the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, University of Groningen (0.2-0.4 FTE, subject to negotiation), depending on expertise and experience./

    Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has
    established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative
    university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 27,000
    students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents
    through challenging study and career paths. The University of
    Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: it belongs to the
    best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious
    partner universities and networks worldwide.

    Postdoctoral Researcher Qualifications

  * PhD in a relevant field (e.g., journalism studies, media and
    communication studies);
  * Excellent research track record, including relevant publications
    that show promise and potential for the project;
  * Proven affinity with the topic;
  * Strong organisational, communication and team working skills;
  * Excellent command of the English language;
  * Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  * Ideally has experience with applying qualitative and quantitative
    methods in the field of international news and reporting, conflict
    communication and/or alternative news media and actor networks;
  * Ideally has a broad network nationally and internationally.
  * Teaching experience is desired if candidates do indicate interest in
    lecturing throughout our programmes.

    Conditions of employment
    The University of Groningen offers a salary, depending on
    qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 2,709
    (salary scale 10) to a maximum of € 4,274 (salary scale 10) gross
    per month for a full-time position. The gross salary is excluding 8%
    holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a
    pension scheme for employees. Favourable tax agreements may apply to
    non-Dutch applicants.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for 1 year.

The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

*How to apply*
You may apply for this position before 22 August 2019, 23:59h Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). For the full post description, view:

Your application (in English) should include the following:

·Letter of motivation explaining why you are a suitable candidate for the postdoc project;

·Full curriculum vitae (including a description of previous relevant research experience and a list of publications);

·Short proposal outlining a topic idea that fits with the /Who’s Breaking the News/ project (max. 600 words);

·MA degree certificate and an official transcript of grades;

·PhD degree certificate, or a statement from your PhD supervisor that you will have completed the PhD requirements before 1 November 2019;

·One publication;

·Names and contact details of two academic referees.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

Job interviews will be held in Groningen (or if necessary via Skype) in the first half of September 2019.

Preferred date of entry into employment is 1 November 2019 or as soon as possible after.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. It has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact the project leader:

  * Assoc. Prof. Ansgard Heinrich, PhD, Centre for Media and Journalism
    Studies, (a.heinrich /at/ <mailto:(a.heinrich /at/>
Please do not use the e-mail address above for applications.

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