Karlstad University/Department of Geography, Media and Communication

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The Department of Geography, Media and Communication (GMK) invites applications for a doctoral position in media and communication studies. The position entails full-time funding of a doctoral study programme leading to a doctor’s degree. Research in Media and Communication Studies is conducted in two profiled research groups at the department:

  • The Centre for Geomedia Studies (https://www.kau.se/en/geomedia) where focus is on the importance of media in organising and giving meaning to spaces and places and vice versa with an emphasis on tourism, everyday life, and popular culture;
  • and NODE (The Ander Centre for Research on News and Opinion in the Digital Era, https://www. kau.se/media/node) with a focus on the social function, practice, and audience of journalism in the age of digitisation and fragmentation.

Find more information about the University at https://www.kau.se/en/ and more information about the subject at https://www.kau.se/en/media-and-communication-studies.

Research in media and communication studies at Karlstad University maintains high international standards and the researchers regularly publish articles in international journals, as well as books issued by international publishers, and participate actively in international research networks. Our research is to a great extent funded by external bodies such as the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Ander Foundation and EU/Interreg. Further info: https://www.kau.se/en/media-and-communication-studies

Doctoral studies and duties

The doctoral study programme comprises 240 higher education credits (ECTS), including the doctoral thesis. Doctoral students primarily pursue their own studies but may perform other duties of no more than 20% of full time, e.g., teaching (where language skills make this possible) or administrative duties. To contribute to a positive work environment and the department’s activities, the doctoral student will be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

Applicants to doctoral studies must meet the general admission requirements as well as the specific eligibility requirements and be judged to have the ability otherwise required to pursue the programme successfully. (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35).

The requirements for general eligibility for admission are a Master’s degree of at least 240 ECTS of which at least 60 ECTS are studies at Master’s level, or equivalent qualifications acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

 The specific eligibility requirements for third-cycle studies in Media and Communication Studies are courses of at least 90 ECTS in media and communication studies or journalism corresponding to basic, intermediate and advanced levels, or equivalent qualifications acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must be considered to have the ability required to benefit from the programme (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment.

The selection will be based on the applicant’s previous study results with an emphasis on the quality of independent written work of a scholarly and investigatory nature, particularly at a master level. Considerable weight will also be given to the applicant’s research specialisation, its alignment with the overarching research profiles of NODE/Geomedia, and the extent to which the applicant intends to be a physically present and active member of the research environment. Additionally, considerable weight will be given to the applicant’s ability for independent work as well as team work, and capacity for taking initiatives.


Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years at a study rate of 80% with 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term: one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. A prerequisite is that the necessary decisions are made. Start date 1 January 2023 at the earliest, or as negotiated. The position is based in Karlstad.
The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.


Submit the application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi.

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • CV (with certified copies of degree certificates, etc.)
  • Submitted Bachelor and Master theses (C-, D-, and E- theses),
  • Any other research papers, such as scholarly articles or book chapters demonstrating the applicant’s ability to successfully complete a doctoral programme
  • Account of practical experiences and employments of relevance to the position
  • Personal letter (1,000 words) with description of background, why the position is of interest and attitude to pursuing doctoral studies
  • A research proposal (2,000 words) with an account of how the proposed project relates to the areas of NODE and/or Geomedia.
  • Two references, such as a teacher, supervisor, or previous or current superior

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to the following address:

Karlstads universitet
Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: 2022-10-31
State the ref.no: REK2022/218

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.


Type of employment Temporary position
Employment expires 2023-01-01
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-01-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2022/218
  • Henrik Örnebring, Head of Subject, henrik.ornebring@kau.se
  • André Jansson, Professor, andre.jansson@kau.se
  • Christer Clerwall Head of Division, 0761097332
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-7001714
Published 12.Sep.2022
Last application date 31.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CET

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