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Postdoctoral position in media studies with special focus on visual images of conflicts

Postdoctoral position in media studies with special focus on visual images of conflicts

The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 20-month postdoctoral position to be filled by September 1 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be situated within the Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images (ICCI) core group project supported by the Velux Foundation (2017-2021).

Job content

ICCI is focused on the ongoing, fundamental change to images from conflicts. Whereas images from conflicts used to be controlled by state and military, they are now produced and distributed in abundance by citizens, activists, soldiers, insurgents, whistle-blowers etc. in today’s digital, connective media landscape. ICCI conducts case studies of the ways in which participants in conflicts produce and distribute images in different regional/political contexts and within different conflict types in order to create new knowledge on how digital images and connective media transform the way conflicts are played out, represented and perceived.

Specifically, all subprojects focus on three research questions:

(1)                       How do participants in conflicts make use of images, and how and to which extent do they challenge the traditional power-axis of state-media?

(2)                       How are images distributed as part of conflicts and through which media, platforms and networks?

(3)                       What are the genres of images from conflicts and how are they ascribed meaning through (re)contextualization?

Applicants are invited to suggest specific proposals for research they would like to carry out as a postdoc in the project.

The postdoc will be an integral part of the ICCI research group. This means that the postdoc will participate both in formal project events and in informal deliberations throughout the candidate’s affiliation with the project. It is expected that the postdoc will be present, part of the team and partake in the activities of ICCI on a daily basis.

Qualification requirements

In order to be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

The candidate also need to

  • Have a solid background in media studies, communication studies or similar, preferably with knowledge of visual communication/aesthetics and conflicts.
  • Have competences in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • Demonstrate research interest and expertise in images and conflicts.
  • Prove excellent academic writing skills in English.
  • Show potential to deliver high quality peer-reviewed research publications.

Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.
  • The applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the job description.
  • Documented teaching qualifications.
  • Documented administrative qualifications, if any
  • Participation in networks – national and international
  • Good interpersonal skills

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for academic staff:

For further information about ICCI, including a copy of the project framework, please contact the Principal Investigator of ICCI, Associate Professor Mette Mortensen More information may also be found on the project website:


The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP-files cannot be uploaded.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page.

Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail address & telephone number)
  • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
  • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
  • Research plan of max 3 pages, including a description of previous research and a plan for the coming years (an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses, etc can be given in an annex).
  • Project description and documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
  • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3

Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure

After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Mette Christensen, e-mail:


Salary and conditions of employment

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 32,000 (EUR 3,667) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad,

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH.

See :,


UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 15 May 2017.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Mette Mortensen


Application deadline: 15-05-2017
Employment type: Limited period
Employment start: 01-09-2017
Department/Location: Dept. of Media, Cognition and Communication

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