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[Commlist] Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher in digital media - University of Helsinki

Thu Feb 25 03:54:17 GMT 2021

Call for applications: Postdoctoral researcher vacancy
The Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki

The Faculty of Social Sciences and research project Media platforms and
social accountability: Dynamics, practices and discourses (MAPS) invite
applications for the position of


To be appointed on a full-time basis for 22 months from 1 September 2021
onwards (or starting point as agreed).

The successful applicant will join a research team of the project Media
platforms and social accountability: Dynamics, practices and discourses
funded by the Academy of Finland.

Media platforms and social accountability: Dynamics, practices and
discourses studies digital media platforms as crucial sites for social
accountability processes and debates across global contexts. The project
uses digital methods combined with qualitative approaches to examine the
changing dynamics, practices and discourses of social accountability. The
project produces new knowledge of the ways in which social media platforms
intervene and influence accountability processes, both facilitating and
threatening democratic participation. Further, it investigates how the
accountability of platform companies is globally demanded and contested by
governments and civil society actors, and how the platforms act to reclaim
their legitimacy in response.


An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree within media and
communication studies or an adjacent field in the humanities, social
sciences or data sciences. The default assumption is that the appointee
will hold a doctoral degree before commencing work, and have the ability to
conduct independent scientific work. The candidate is furthermore expected
to demonstrate a background in one or more of the following fields: digital
media studies, media policy research, media industry studies, global media
studies, internet research. Previous experience in the collection and
analysis of digital media data and digital methods is an asset. The
successful applicant should also possess appropriate teaching skills in
higher education. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include
teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload).

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the
University of Helsinki, and to participate actively in the intellectual
life of the discipline of Media and Communication Studies and the wider
scientific community across and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences and
the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides
assistance in relocation. The working language will be English.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse
workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development
opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx.
41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and
experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive
services to its employees, including occupational health care and
opportunities for professional development.

Further information at
.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university. The employment contract will
include a probationary period of six months.

For further information about the postdoc position see the add here:

Or please contact PI Mervi Pantti; e-mail: (mervi.pantti /at/

Matti Pohjonen
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