Position Opening

Position opening:  

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Development and Media

Tasks and responsibilities
The post-doctoral fellow’s role in the project is to conduct approximately half a year fieldwork in South Africa in 2016, and then apply these data, as well as other project-generated data, to the benefit of the analytical framework of the project. The fellow will be affiliated to the University of Cape Town during the academic year 2016/17.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree within social sciences
  • Relevant research experience on media practices in Africa
  • Experience in ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Africa
  • Experience with dissemination of research findings
  • Experience with national and international research collaboration
  • Ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and goal-oriented


We offer

Contact information
Associate Professor and Project leader, Jo Helle-Valle, email jo.helle-valle@hioa.no 

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1352
post-doctoral, ltr. 57-70 (NOK 483.700 – 614.700 pr.year), depending on level of competence/ length of service. 

The application
The candidates will be assessed by an expert evaluation committee. The application, which shall include

  • A cover letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae, including full list of publications
  • Reference to three publications that are relevant to the position

must be submitted electronicallyby clicking on the button «Apply for position» within the set date of application. All application documents submitted should be in English.

Note: Actual publications should not be included at this time. After the first stage of the review process, the expert evaluation committee will invite the most appropriate candidates to submit a brief project proposal that fits the project’s thematic and analytical framework, and up to five publications that the applicant wishes to be considered in the assessment process.

If you have questions related to the position address them to jo.helle-valle@hioa.no.


Final date of application: June 14th 2015     

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The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position. HiOA is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. Questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact persons.

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is Norway’s largest state University College, with approximately 17000 students and 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. HiOA has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes. 
Our goal is to become a leading university in the Nordics within the field of applied sciences.

Development Studies at HiOA (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)invites candidates to apply for a 2-year Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, starting January 1st 2016. The position is part of the Research project “New media practices in a changing Africa”, financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The project is a comparative study, involving four African countries, that aims at providing insights into the relationship between broader socio-economic change and new media practices. Workplace will be at HiOA’s main campus in Oslo.