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[Commlist] PhD student position in digital journalism at the Institute of Media and Journalism, Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society
Wed Nov 18 17:15:05 GMT 2020
PhD student position in digital journalism at
the Institute of Media and Journalism,
Faculty of Communication, Culture and
Society at USI Università della Svizzera
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is a young and lively
university, a hub of opportunity
open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary
education in which
they can be fully engaged and take center stage, and where our
researchers can count on
having the space to freely pursue their initiatives. Established in
1996, USI is in constant
evolution, always taking on new challenges while remaining true to its
principles: quality, openness and responsibility. In the QS World
University Rankings 2021,
USI was the highest-ranking new entrant, while in 2020, the university
was globally ranked
second in the THE University Ranking for international outlook.
The Institute of Media and Journalism, which is part of the Faculty of
Culture and Society, is engaged in research activities in the areas of
media economics, media history, as well as media culture and society. In
the field of
journalism studies, IMeG is active in the field of journalism and
artificial intelligence, the
datafication of journalism, journalism innovation as well as media
transparency. IMeG adopts multiple perspectives, methods, and promotes a
cooperation and mutual support. Within the institute, people from
different disciplines and
backgrounds collaborate to generate new knowledge and impact in society.
excellent opportunities for national and international networking.
The Institute of Media and Journalism invites applications for 1
fully-funded PhD position (4
years). The position will be supervised by Prof. Colin Porlezza, who is
leading the Chair of
digital journalism within IMeG. The PhD candidate will develop his or
her dissertation project
preferably within the field of journalism, datafication and artificial
The Ph.D. Position
The doctoral student will work under the scientific supervision of Prof.
Colin Porlezza (USI
search). The successful candidate will be offered the possibility to
work in a dynamic team
and in a multidisciplinary and international scientific environment. The
PhD candidate is, first
of all, expected to complete a dissertation in three to four years. In
addition, he or she will
collaborate to the development of the institute research agenda. He or
she will have the task
of setting up a collection of data for his or her dissertation, while at
the same time
participating in a variety of tasks related to the research stream in
which he or she will be
involved. As a PhD candidate, you will also take part in the doctoral
educational program at
the Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society.
With regard to teaching, he or she will work as teaching assistant in
courses at both the
bachelor and the master level, helping in the preparation of teaching
materials and tutoring
The PhD candidate is also asked to present papers at scientific
conferences (which means
that the position involves traveling), to produce publications for high
journals, to acquire further academic qualifications, and to contribute
to academic service
within the institute.
Ideal candidates should satisfy the following requirements:
• A Master (or equivalent title) in journalism, media studies,
communication sciences, or a
• High personal interest in journalism innovation, datafication, news
automation and artificial
intelligence. Interest in journalism ethics, accountability, and
transparency is an advantage.
• Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative methods and data
analysis, interest in
ethnographic and computational research methods.
• Enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary and international setting.
• Excellent skills in oral and written English.
• Good oral and writing skills in one (or more) national Swiss languages
Italian, Romansh), preferably Italian.
• Good organizational skills, ability to work independently and to plan
and direct own work.
• Motivation to engage in the elaboration of a PhD dissertation. Ability
to work in a team and
with colleagues and other members of the Institute, engage in scientific
• Interest for teaching and tutoring students is also required.
The successful candidate will work as a research and teaching assistant
at the Institute of
Media and Journalism, and will have the possibility to interact with an
of collaborators. The PhD position is for four years. In addition to a
tuition fee-waiver for the
duration of the four‐year scholarship, a fully-funded PhD at USI
includes an annual salary of
47’040 Swiss Francs (0.75 FTE) upon appointment. PhD scholarships are
subject to annual
review and successful completion of a progress report.
Workplace is USI Università della Svizzera italiana, located in Lugano,
Starting date is ideally February 2021. However, the position will be
kept open until a
suitable candidate has been found. Shortlisted candidates will be
invited to an online
Please send your application in electronic form as a single pdf file in
the following order:
Applications should contain: (1) a cover letter, including a description
of your research
interests and an explanation why you are applying for this position, (2)
a proposal outlining
your PhD project, including a research question, theoretical approach,
methodology, and the
potential contribution to the existing state of the art (max. 1000
words) (3) a complete CV, (4)
copies of certificates and official transcripts of your Master’s degree
(5) an electronic copy of
a research work (Master thesis or another scientific publication), and
(6) the names,
affiliations, and email addresses of two academic references.
For further information about the position please contact Prof. Colin
(colin.porlezza /at/ usi.ch)
Applications received before December 6th, 2020, will be given priority.
USI strives to be an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and
is further responsive
to the needs of dual career couples. We guarantee that the selection
process will give equal
opportunities to female and male researchers.
Lugano, November 6th 2020
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