• Unit of Media Politics and Media Economics – PhD

    PLUSThe University of Salzburg (Dept. of Communication Studies) is inviting applications from qualified candidates for a faculty position at the level of PhD student [Dissertant/in] in the chair of Communication Policy and Media Economics. The department looks for candidates who could contribute to the research of the department, including the Euromedia Ownership Monitor (EurOMo), a project funded by the European Commission which deals with media ownership transparency in Europe. The dissertation should address areas such as media and internet policy/governance, media structure, and critical political economy of media and communication. Focus is preferably Austria or Europe, but comparative analysis with other countries/regions are also welcome.

    Additional information:

    Start of employment: 1st March, 2023

    Duration of employment: 4 years

    Weekly hours: 30 (20 for faculty projects and teaching, as assigned by the head of the unit)

    Job description: scientific support of research, teaching (from year 3) and administrative tasks; own research/PhD dissertation, cooperation with research proposals (conceptualisation, writing, and submission), support of planning and conducting conferences.

    Supervision by Prof. Josef Trappel


    Diploma or Master in communication studies or related social sciences

    Fluency in English

    Willingness to learn German within 2 years (fluency by the time of application is an asset)

    Willingness to live in Salzburg

    Desired qualifications:

    Previous experience in researching issues of media policy and economics

    Knowledge of the relevant literature

    Experience with qualitative and quantitative methods of communication science

    Publications of scientific papers on these topics

    Remuneration: € 2.294 (gross, 14× year)

    Submission by email – including CV, letter of motivations and relevant documents – to with reference to GZ A 0232/1-2022, on or before 23th November 2022.

    For information, please email the contact person of the chair, Prof. Sergio Sparviero, at

  • Unit of Journalism – Postdoc

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    The Journalism Unit of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, headed by Thomas Birkner, is seeking applications for a postdoc (research and teaching). Renumeration corresponds to the Austrian Universities Act (“Universitätsgesetz”), the Employment Contracts Act (“Angestelltengesetz”) and § 26 of the collective wage agreement (“Kollektivvertrag” – grade: Postdoc). (Classification B1; the monthly remuneration for this position is € 4,061.50 gross. (14 times per year)).

    •       Start of employment: 1. March 2023

    •       Duration of employment: 5 years

    •       Weekly working hours: 40

    •       Distribution of working hours: by arrangement

    •       Job description: The candidate is expected to conduct independent research and teaching and to support the research, teaching and administration at the Journalism Unit. The candidate is expected to teach four semester hours per week. The Unit focuses on the societal role of journalism and its importance for democracy – in a multimedia, international and historical perspective. We combine journalism research and journalistic practice. The candidate is expected to conduct excellent independent research on current issues in the field of digitalization and journalism, co-initiate and participate in grant-funded projects (currently including “The Century of Journalism”), have experience in digital methods, especially automated content analysis, organize conferences and edit publications. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to gain further qualifications (habilitation).

    •       Requirements: Completed doctoral studies in Communication or Media Studies or another related subject (Political Science, History), relevant teaching experience; academic track record of relevant publications and conference papers, good knowledge of English and/or German.

    •       Desired additional qualifications: Experience working in a university setting; good knowledge of languages, particularly English (including teaching experience); willingness to learn German; clear idea of own future research profile; experience in writing research funding proposals; record of conducting research projects (nationally and internationally); organizing scientific conferences, digital competences.

    •       Desired personal qualities: Enthusiasm for journalism, journalism research as well as journalistic practice, especially in the above-mentioned fields; good communication and team skills; flexibility and ability to work under pressure; enthusiasm for imparting knowledge; strong social skills, especially in student support; ability to work in a goal-oriented, effective and solution-oriented manner.

     Information will be provided via Email: .

     Application deadline until 23rd November 2022.

    The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg aims to increase the proportion of women among aca-demic and general university staff, especially in leadership positions, and therefore explicitly in-vites qualified women to apply. Where a male and female candidate have equal qualifications, female candidates are given priority. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. Information can be obtained by calling +43/662/8044-2462 or by visiting . Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses that arise during the application process can-not be reimbursed.

    Admissions are made in accordance with the provisions of the Universities Act 2002 (UG) and the Employment Contracts Act.

     Please send your application, quoting the reference number (GZ A 0231/1-2022) of the vacancy notice, by e-mail to .