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PhD Position at the Department of Art and Media Studies, Norway


The Faculty of Humanities announces a PhD position connected to the interdisciplinary project Digitization and Diversity: Potentials and Challenges for Diversity in the Culture and Media Sector, financed by the Research Council of Norway, KULMEDIA program.


The project is a collaboration between the Norwegian Business School (BI), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the National Library of Norway, and the University of Copenhagen. It explores how digitization influences diversity dimensions in the book, film and newspaper industries, as well as in libraries, archives and museums. The available PhD position will form part of the project’s work package 2, which is tasked with analyzing the transformative roles of digital technologies in the museum sector, the changing conditions for participation and cultural citizenship, and how physical museums turn digital. The PhD candidate's project will contribute to the work package objective of developing a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of computer-based methods in the culture and media sector, focusing specifically on the use of big data technologies and/or e-collections in museums.


Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree or equivalent degree with a strong academic record (B or better) in media studies, art history or similar. Applicants with a different background in the humanities or social sciences (philosophy, science and technology studies, literature studies, digital humanities, education, social anthropology, sociology) will also be considered if the applicant can document theoretical and analytical knowledge about museums, the digitization of the culture and media sector, computer-based visualization tools, big data technologies, or e-collections, for instance through their master’s thesis. The doctoral project should be completed within the prescribed time for PhD studies (three years of full-time study of which six months are dedicated to mandatory coursework).


Knowledge of theory and history related to the transformative roles of technology is desirable. Knowledge of media theory, contemporary philosophy of technology, science and technology studies, or software studies will be beneficial. Experience from interdisciplinary research, or from museum, archive and exhibition work will also be considered when evaluating the applications. The working language for the project is English, and it is therefore expected that the successful applicant will write their dissertation in English.


The application must contain information about education, exams/grades, publications and any relevant experience. The applicants are also asked to give a brief summary of their master’s thesis and account for their interest in the announced project. In addition, the application must include an outline of ideas and perspectives that the applicant wishes to develop in his/her PhD project, within the framework of the overall project’s work package 2 (no more than three pages). The project description and other relevant information can be obtained by contacting Nina Lager Vestberg, telephone (+ 47) 73 55 06 01, or email


The project offers an active and interdisciplinary research environment that includes researchers in media studies, business studies, library science, and science and technology studies.


The applications should be submitted electronically through this page. Applicants should label their applications with the reference number HF 15-026, and assemble the separate attachments into one document.


The following attachments for the PhD position must be sent electronically through

  • scanned copies of certificates (originals must be produced at the interview)

  • list of publications

If some of the attachments cannot be sent electronically, one copy should be sent by regular mail. The envelope must be marked with the reference number HF 15-026 and sent to NTNU, Faculty of Humanities, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway.


Shortlisted applicants will be asked for references and invited to an interview.

Within 3 months after appointing the successful PhD scholarship holder, he/she must apply for admission to the PhD programme in Humanities and the Arts. For further details, please access:


The position is remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 430 200,- annually, of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme. The appointments will be made in accordance with the current regulations for fellowship appointments at Norwegian universities. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties.


The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The primary place of work will be the Department of Art and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities at NTNU Trondheim.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 10 October 2015

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