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Roskilde Universitet

Roskilde Universitet

Indrykket 08-09-2021

PhD in Digital Communication of Health

The Department of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University, invites applications for a salaried PhD position studying digital communication of health from 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD fellow is limited to a period of 3 years of full-time employment with DCA as the daily workplace.


Description of the PhD project

The PhD position is part of the research project Algorithms, Data and Democracy (the ADD-project) funded by the Villum and Velux Foundations. The PhD position is located at Roskilde University, and the successful applicant will be associated with the research group Organizing Communication and Digitalization, Centre for Digital Citizenship and the Digital Media Lab at the Department of Communication and Arts. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the project leader, Professor Sine Nørholm Just, as well as the other members of the ADD-project at Roskilde University and at the five other partner universities.


The ADD-project studies the increasing datafication and digitalization of public opinion formation and decision-making, focusing on two interrelated consequences of these developments: Data and algorithms are foundational to the infrastructure of public debate, but they are also issues of public concern. In other words, current technological developments are becoming controversial. With the ADD-project we diagnose current developments and ask how they can be turned to the better: how can algorithms and data be used to enlighten and engage citizens and to strengthen democratic institutions? We search for digital solutions to digital problems by studying controversies about digitalization as they play out on digital platforms and are shaped by digital technologies. A short description of the project can be found here: https://veluxfoundations.dk/en/content/dkk-100-million-new-research-and-knowledge-dissemination-project


In alignment with the goals of the overall project, we invite original proposals for a PhD project focusing on how issues of the digitalization and digital communication of (personal/public) health. The PhD student will, in collaboration with the other members of the project team, use digital and other methods (qualitative/quantitative) to collect relevant data; beginning with a common corpus of controversies concerning algorithms and data, in general, and zooming in on particularly relevant cases of controversial uses of/controversies about data and algorithms in health communication.  


The ADD-project is conducted in close cooperation with five partners from other Danish Universities and collaborates with Mandag Morgen to enhance outreach and ensure impact. Within the project, the successful applicant will have the opportunity for close collaboration with researchers from very different disciplinary backgrounds and will partake in the development of new interdisciplinary perspectives. Further, the project offers the possibility to be actively involved in public communication and outreach. Finally, there will be opportunities to attend international conferences and workshops as well as to participate in media and methods training.


The Doctoral School


You will be enrolled as a PhD student at The Doctoral School of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University.


The Doctoral School for Communication and Arts (ARTS-PHD) offers a doctoral programme in Communication and Arts in an active, dynamic and cross-disciplinary research environment. Read more here https://ruc.dk/en/phd-roskilde-university.


Responsibilities and tasks


The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/engelsk-ph-d-bekendtgorelse.pdf)




Applicants are expected to have a strong educational background and a completed masters degree (or equivalent)


from the social sciences and the humanities for instance Media and Communication Studies, Political Science, Organization Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Digital Humanities or related disciplines.

The ideal candidate should have an interest in digital communication and be willing to acquire skills in digital methods within the project.


Applicants are asked to submit a PhD project description (max. 5 pages double-spaced). The project description should outline the project proposed by the applicant and specify how the project relates to the research objectives of the overall project. The project description should also specify how the proposed PhD project can be accomplished theoretically, methodologically and empirically.


The PhD candidate is expected to:



  • Complete an article-based, PhD dissertation within the three-year project period. This will require producing international journal articles and/or book chapter publications, of which some may be written with other members of the project team, including the project supervisor.
  • Participate actively in the ADD-project and relevant research activities at the DCA
  • Participate actively in PhD activities at the doctoral school.



In addition, they are expected to demonstrate:



  • Good command of English (oral and written) is necessary, and experience with writing academically in English is considered an asset.
  • Good command of Danish is a clear asset.
  • Excellent academic record (as shown by a list of master level grades and timely completion of master level education and, potentially, academic work experience or academic publications).
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with other members of the project team.
  • Interest in being part of an international research community


You should possess good communication skills and be a visible, involved participant in the departments daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration.



In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;



  • Relevant Masters degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/transparency-tools/qualifications-frameworks/other-qualifications-frameworks/danish-qf-for-higher-education?set_language=en&cl=en).
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.



In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:



  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications.
  • Grade of Masters thesis or equivalent.
  • Quality and relevance of the original PhD project proposal, including the quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choices.
  • Ability to complete the PhD project.


We expect job interviews to be held in week 51, 2021 and PhD enrollment seminars to be held in week 5, 2022.




For further information about the overall project, please contact PI Sine Nørholm Just on tel. +45 2077 4039 or e-mail: sinenjust@ruc.dk. For questions about the PhD programme contact the head of the PhD school at the DCA, Ida Willig on +45 4674 3751 or e-mail: idaw@ruc.dk.


Terms of employment


The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Dean Julie Sommerlund.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  


Application procedure


After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.


The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.


Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.




To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/


Only applications in English are accepted. 


Applications must include: 


1. Project description (max. 5 pages including time scedule)
2. CV
3. Documentation of education including grades from
    Masters programme or equivalent
4. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience,
    work experience or publications. 


Please submit your application no later than 7 October 2021


Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 


Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 


Roskilde Universitets fornemmeste opgave er eksperimenterende, nyskabende former for læring, forskning og problemløsning, som flytter samfundet fremad. Vi uddanner kompetente tværfaglige kandidater og skaber videnskabelige resultater af højeste kvalitet gennem åbenhed, involvering og videndeling.


Roskilde Universitet har 8000 studerende, 950 ansatte og 760 mio. kr. i årlig omsætning.


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