[FoME] PhD position | Project MEDAS 21 | Deadline 15. August 2018

Dirk-Claas Ulrich dirk-claas.ulrich at tu-dortmund.de
Mo Jun 18 11:57:23 CEST 2018

Liebe KollegInnen,

für unser Projekt MEDAS 21 – "Global Media Assistance: Applied Research, Improved Practice in the 21 Century“ suchen wir eine Doktorandin/ einen Doktoranden.

Wir freuen uns über eine Weiterleitung an interessierte und qualifizierte NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen / PraktikerInnen und auf zahlreiche Einreichungen.

Mit besten Grüßen & Dank,

Dirk-C. Ulrich

As part of the project »MEDAS 21 – Global Media Assistance: Applied Research, Improved Practice in the 21 Century«, sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation, the universities in Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen (University Alliance Ruhr) offer: 

1 PhD position

Start: as soon as possible | Remuneration: TV-L 13 (65 %) | Duration: 4 years

The graduate school MEDAS 21 is successful participant in the program »Science and Professional Practice in Graduate Education« launched by the Volkswagen Foundation. An integral part of the program is the close connection of scientific dissertation projects with specific problems of practitioners, especially in the field of media development assistance (MDA). Future project partners will be Deutsche Welle Academy, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, African Media Initiative (AMI), Catholic Media Council (CAMECO), Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT) and Fondation Hirondelle. The cooperation includes a joint doctoral dissertation project and an up to one-year residence at the respective partner institution.

The following aspects shall be used as a guide to analyze current media development co-operations and as a theoretical basis for your project proposals: a) fragmentation of actors, instruments, aims etc., b) state fragility, c) securitization, d) public diplomacy, e) digital transformation, f) political economy of communication, g) paradigm rivalry/conceptual ambiguity, h) evaluation and methodology challenges, i) communication for social/political change, j) constructive/peace journalism, and k) impact skepticism/legitimacy of MDA. Project ideas shall fit in the above-mentioned framework (a background paper can be found on our website). A comprehensive project proposal will be jointly developed afterwards with the respective partner institution.

With its structured PhD program, an intense mentoring component and its practice-oriented network MEDAS 21 offers all prospective Phd fellows a challenging and creative scientific research environment, numerous opportunities for professional learning and individual development as well as far-reaching insights into the professional field of media development cooperation and beyond.

Qualifications and profile: excellent university degree in Communication or Media Studies, Journalism or related subjects (e.g. Political Science); interest in inter-/transnational and inter-/transcultural communication, and social development related issues in the context of media and communication; excellent knowledge of English, good knowledge of German is advantageous, French or Spanish proficiency is welcome depending on the project.

Please send all relevant documents (cover letter, CV, credentials, MA thesis, research proposal (5 to 10 pages)) as PDF (max. three files) via email stating the reference „Application MEDAS 21“ until August 15, 2018 to Dr. Dirk-Claas Ulrich (Email: dirk-claas.ulrich at tu-dortmund.de <mailto:dirk-claas.ulrich at tu-dortmund.de>).

The selection committee will include the professors involved in the project: Prof. Susanne Fengler (TU Dortmund), Prof. Barbara Thomaß (Ruhr University Bochum) und Prof. Jens Loenhoff (University Duisburg-Essen) as well a representative of the Volkswagen Foundation. Afterwards there will be a second interview with the respective partner institution.

The graduate school is committed to the general principles of diversity and equality. Qualified female junior scientists are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition, applications from candidates with proven disability are warmly welcome.

In case of any questions related to the research framework or selection process, please do not hesitate to contact the project manager Dr. Dirk-C. Ulrich.

Additional information, particularly the research framework, are available on our homepage: https://brost.ifj.tu-dortmund.de <https://brost.ifj.tu-dortmund.de/>

Dr. Dirk-Claas Ulrich
Program Manager SIIC & MEDAS 21
C/o Erich-Brost-Institut für internationalen Journalismus
TU Dortmund
Otto-Hahn-Str. 2
44227 Dortmund

Room:	C 20
Phone:	+49 (0) 231/ 755-6976
Fax:		+49 (0) 231/ 755-6955
Web:	http://www.brost.org <http://www.brost.org/> | www.siic.science <http://www.siic.science/>

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