Etiket: Media

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (VUB) Postdoctoral scholarship offer


1 – Company profile

For almost 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators, but especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3,500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be affiliated and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.


The performance of scientific research, or more concretely:


The ERC Starting Grant project “REEL BORDERS” is forming a team of researchers to study imaginations of borders through fiction film. The main questions to be addressed are: (1) What are the cultural imaginations of borders and its insider and outsiders found in fiction film? and (2) How do different societal actors use fiction film to construct, contest, or experience territorial borders? These questions will be answered by looking at three groups of actors (bordering institutions, bordering creatives, and borderlanders) at three borderland cases: the pending border (Ireland-United Kingdom), the fortified border (Spain-Morocco and the Ceuta and Melilla exclaves) and the permeable border (Turkey-Syria). The study will combine archival work with qualitative methods (interviews, content analysis) and participatory filmmaking where borderlanders will make their own short films.

The project is coordinated by Kevin Smets and will be embedded in the Department of Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Although Brussels is the home base of the project, there will be several months of fieldwork required in Northern Ireland, Spain, and South-Eastern Turkey.

Description of tasks

– You are responsible for one of the project’s sub-studies that each focus on a particular group of actors involved in the imagination of borders: bordering institutions, border creatives and activists, and borderlanders

– You play a role in the development of future research possibilities in the line of the project

– You contribute to selected other work packages and sub-studies by assisting with data collection or dissemination

– You assist the team with logistical and administrative support

– You contribute to the project’s visibility by (co-)authoring scientific publications and by updating the website and social media accounts

3 – Job profile

You hold a PhD degree in one of the relevant disciplines

 degree or diploma.

– You can provide a writing sample (published work)

–  You are willing to spend considerable time in the fieldwork sites

– You are willing to engage with new theoretical frameworks and methodologies

– You can work in a team that consists of the other ERC project members as well as the broader research group and department

– You are willing to play an active role in the project management and the development of future research opportunities in the line of the project.

Skills and qualifications

We are looking for highly motivated early-career researchers who want to be part of an international project team. Candidates have a background in at least one of the fields of the project: border studies, film studies, media studies, migration studies. Experience in methods such as qualitative content analysis of media texts, ethnographic fieldwork or participatory and/or visual methods is highly appreciated. Candidates have demonstrated their scientific qualities through publications and participations in conferences. Ideally, candidates have affinity with one of the three border regions studied in the project. Excellent level of English and communication skills are required. Knowledge of Arabic, Turkish or Spanish is considered as an advantage.

You have not had a residence or employment in Belgium for a period exceeding 12 months in the 36-month period preceding the start date of the postdoctoral scholarship.

4 – Offer

As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you’ll work, every day, in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our campuses are located in the middle of a green oasis at the edge of the capital city of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. That city centre, with all its opportunities and possibilities, is easily accessed by public transport in less than half an hour.

Depending on your experience and your academic merits, you’ll receive a salary in one of the grades that have been set by the government. Standard inclusions include hospitalisation insurance and the free use of public transport for your home–work commute. And if you prefer to bike to work? There’s compensation for that too. On both[VB1]  campuses, there are extensive sport facilities available to you and childcare facilities within walking distance.

For more information on what it’s like to work at the VUB, go to

6 – Application

Applications can only be made ONLINE

Your application must include the following as a minimum:

  • A concise CV;
  • The academic dossier with all relevant elements;
  • A brief statement of reasons for the candidature, including an explanation of the expansion of future research;
  • Degrees and diplomas.


TitlePostdoctoral scholarship offer
EmployerVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Job locationBoulevard de la Plaine 2, 1050 Brussels
PublishedOctober 23, 2020
Application deadlineUnspecified
Job typesPostdoc   
FieldsEthnology,    Media and Communication Studies,    Film Studies,   Cultural Studies  

Doctoral studentships at The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)

Diary id: PAR 2020/764Employment level: Fixed termLocation: Department of Journalism, Media and CommunicationApply by: 2020-08-28

The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) provides up to two doctoral studentships. JMG is a nationally leading and internationally renowned centre for research on journalism, media and communication. The department’s researchers are divided into five groups doing research on Crisis communication, Journalism, Media institutions and audiences; Organizations and communication as well as Political communication. For more information about the department’s research please see

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research independently and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a thesis. The doctoral student is also expected to develop capacities to pursue continuing scholarly work or other types of qualified professional tasks when the studies are finalized.

The positions are limited to 4 years and carried out on a full-time basis. Exceptions from the latter can granted but the pace of study must never be less than 50 %. The positions may include departmental duties, including teaching, corresponding to up to 20% of full-time over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet the entry requirements for third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40). This is done if (s)he has obtained a master’s degree in journalism or in media and communication studies. The degree must be worth 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), of which at least 60 credits must be at master’s level. Eligible are also applicants with a master’s degree in other subjects worth at least 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), of which at least 60 credits are at master’s level with a master thesis clearly and primarily linked to the area of journalism, media and/or communication. An applicant who has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad can also be assessed to meet the specific entry requirements.

The applicant must be proficient in English at a level that will enable her/him to fully benefit from scientific literature and courses at doctoral level and to actively participate in the doctoral seminars, and international conferences.


To begin the application process for the doctoral program, the candidate must register an account in the university’s recruitment system. The documents are thereafter uploaded in the system. The application must include

  • A CV and copies of academic transcripts verifying that the entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.
  • A personal letter in which the applicant outlines his/her interest in research and what s(he) want to accomplish throughout her studies and afterwards
  • A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis
  • A research outline where the applicant presents the research problem s(he) want to deal with. The outline must include research questions, a theoretical framework and a suggestion for the most suitable method(s) to answer the questions. The text must not exceed 3 000 words including references.
  • If available, academic papers and other relevant works.
  • Two letters of recommendation or contact details to two references who can vouch for the applicant’s merits.

The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.

It is incumbent on the applicant that the application is complete. Additions after the deadline will not be considered.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the doctoral program. The assessment will particularly focus on the applicant’s master thesis and her/his research proposal. To what extent the applicants will pursue research in any of the department’s research groups (see above), the department’s supervisory resources and other scientific outputs produced by the applicant will also be considered.

All applicants will be assessed by a committee headed by the Director of graduate studies and the selection process takes place in two stages. First, the admissions committee reviews the submitted applications and the most prominent candidates are shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates are called to an interview. The final decision is made by the Head of Department. The decision cannot be appealed.

The application period for the doctoral program in Journalism, Media and Communication commences in June 2020 and the final date for submitting an application is 28th of August, 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews in the later part of September, the final decision on admissions is made in October, and the new doctoral candidates typically start the program in January 2021. PAR 2020/764

For more information about the program or the admission requirements, please contact the Director of doctoral studies:

Magnus Fredriksson
+46 – 31 – 786 1196

Closing date 2020-08-28

Entry 2021-01-01


Regulations for employment as doctoral student are given in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. Only applicants who are admitted to doctoral studies can be employed as doctoral student. A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

The University applies the current local agreement on the salaries of graduate students.


6 Short-Term Scholarships in the integrated graduate school of the CRC from 1 July 2020

At the University of Siegen, as of 1 July 2020 the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ offers

six Short-Term Scholarships

to promote the work of early-carrier researchers. The duration of the scholarships is 6 months. A longer-term collaboration with the goal of a doctorate within the CRC is envisaged. The basic amount of the scholarship is based on the maximum rate of the DFG (1.365,- EUR). In addition, an allowance for material expenses and, if applicable, a child allowance will be paid. The allocation of the fellowships is subject to the release of funds by the DFG.

The University of Siegen is an innovative and interdisciplinary university with almost 20,000 students, about 1,300 scientists and 700 employees in technology and administration. With a wide range of subjects ranging from humanities and social sciences to economics and natural and engineering sciences, it provides an outstanding teaching and research environment with numerous interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects. The University of Siegen supports a wide range of opportunities to combine work and family life. It has therefore been certified as a family-friendly university since 2006 and offers a dual career service.

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Queensland University of Technology – 3 X DMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

We are currently seeking applicants for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These positions have been created to build research capacity in the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC).

The QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading research for a creative, inclusive and fair digital media environment. The DMRC is one of QUT’s nine flagship University Research Centres, and one of the top Australian centres for media and communication research, areas in which QUT has achieved the highest possible rankings in the national research quality assessment exercise ERA. Within QUT, it is based in the Creative Industries Faculty and is closely linked with the Law Faculty. 
The DMRC is currently recruiting for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue independent and collaborative research within or across three of the DMRC’s research programs: . Transforming Media Industries (led by Professor Amanda Lotz) . Digital Publics (led by Professor Axel Bruns) . Digital Inclusion & Participation (led by Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni) 
The fellowships are three years, fixed-term appointments at Level B (equivalent to Assistant Professor in salary and seniority). 
For more details, selection criteria, and how to apply, see:
For more information about the DMRC, see:
For direct enquires about these positions, contact the Centre Director, Professor Jean Burgess
Applications close: end of April

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (3 Positions)
27 April 2020
Digital Media Research Centre
Creative Industries Faculty
Kelvin Grove
Total rem range: AU$115,398 to AU$137,050 pa (LEVB) (inclusive of AU$97,325 to AU$115,586 (LEVB) salary pa; 17% superannuation; and 17.5% recreation leave loading)
Fixed-term, full-time basis for three (3) years
Caroline Keating
Centre Coordinator
+61 7 3138 3556
Human Resources
+61 7 3138 4104