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[Commlist] Two PhD positions in Media and Communication Studies within the field of Russian and post-Soviet studies

Thu Mar 28 20:56:45 GMT 2019

Two PhD positions in Media and Communication Studies within the field of Russian and post-Soviet studies

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University and has an integrated multi-disciplinary long-term research program with an in-depth focus on recent developments in Russia, and in the post-Soviet sphere.

The Department of Informatics and Media (IM) has a broad research profile based on resarch in the disciplines Media- and Communication Studies, Human-Computer Interaction and Information Systems. In Media and Communicaiton Studies research is focused on social and cultural change connected to communication, media and digitalization.

The accepted candidates must have been admitted as doctoral students at the Department of Informatics and Media and to the PhD program in Media and Communication Studies. The holder of the position are to be employed at IRES. Both PhD students will have a supervisor at the Department of Informatics and Media as well as at IRES.

Duties/Project description: The position is a fully salaried PhD position (doktorandtjänst), equivalent to a maximum of four-year full-time PhD studies. The holder of the PhD position shall primarily devote her/himself to her/his own doctoral study (see themes below). Active participation in departmental activities as well as activities at IRES such as seminars, workshops, etc., is expected. Other tasks, including teaching and administrative work, can also be part of the employment (for a maximum of 20%). The language of teaching is English or Swedish.

Both posts focus on the role of media in societal processes in Russia and the post-Soviet sphere. The selected candidates are thus expected to work at the crossroads of two fields, media and communication studies and Russia or post-Soviet sphere studies. A comparative perspective is welcome (i.e comparisons within or between countries in the region, or over time), but not necessary.

One position is devoted to the role of media in social and cultural process of change in Russia or the post-Soviet sphere, including the impact of state powers on the media. This project will have the media users in focus and study the importance of media and communication technologies in the everyday life of people for interaction, relations, identity formation and self-image. Qualitative studies of the role of media in the construction of identities in relation to culture, religion, gender and/or sexuality are of interest.

The second position is devoted to studies of media, communication and the more general societal development in Russia or the post-Soviet space. This project is expected to study organised production and use of images/representation of the country that the political leadership wish to spread, internally and externally, and/or alternative images that are produced and distributed by other actors and that might have an impact on the societal development.

Requirements: For admission to the PhD program in Media and Communication Studies, an applicant must have basic and specific eligibility prescribed by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Anyone with a degree on the advanced level (i.e. a master’s degree), that has completed course requirements of at least 240 credits (including at least 60 credits at advanced level) has fulfilled the basic entry requirements. The specific eligibility requirements for admission to the PhD program in Media and Communication require that the applicant has passed courses of 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies. Anyone that in any other way, in or out of the country, has acquired equivalent knowledge is also considered to fulfil the basic or specific eligibility requirements, respectively. Information about eligibility requirements and admission rules can be found on the web site of the University, Admissions Ordinance for Studies at the Graduate Level.

We are seeking candidates with a documented background in the Russian or post-Soviet society, and knowledge of media and communication. Candidates should have a good overview of social sciences and/or the humanities, and master the main methodologies used in these areas of research. Good knowledge of the Russian/Eurasian society is required. Language proficiency in Russian and/or in some other official language in the post-Soviet space is a requirement. Also the excellent command of written and spoken English is a requirement for this PhD position.

When the University employs new doctoral students the candidates will be chosen who after a qualitative evaluation of competence and skills are deemed to have the best capacity to fulfill work duties as well as contributing to a positive development of the research environment. Of vital importance is the capacity to finish the doctoral program

Qualifications must be documented so that quality as well as extent can be evaluated.

Candidates should be available for interview, either in person or via Internet

A complete application must include:

Filled out form applying for admission to the doctoral program in Media and Communication Studies. A letter documenting 1) The motives why you are applying, your research interest and relevant experiences for the PhD post (max 500 words) 2) A list over the documents handed in to support the application 3) If more than one academic work is handed in, you should name one of them to be prioritized by the admission committee. A dissertation plan (two pages). The plan should cover theoretical approach, aim, research questions, type of data, method and time plan. Curriculum Vitae / Résumé, including English proficiency with certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date, proving the basic and specific eligibility.
    Two letters of recommendation
A copy of independently written work produced within the applicant’s course of studies (e.g. bachelor or master thesis; include a draft if not completed) or other relevant text(s) Other documents the applicant may wish to attach, e.g. English test results.

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-09-2019or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Director of IRES Claes Levinsson: (claes.levinsson /at/, Head of IM Jenny Eriksson Lundström: (jenny.eriksson /at/, Göran Svensson, Head of Subject MCS: (goran.svensson /at/, or Associate Professor Ann-Mari Sätre, Research Director at IRES: (ann-mari.satre /at/

Please submit your application by 22 April 2019, UFV-PA 2019/441.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at (ifss /at/

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.

Placement: Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 2

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben (seko /at/
ST/TCO (tco /at/
Saco-rådet (saco /at/

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/441

Last application date: 2019-04-22

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