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Associate Professor in digital communication and/or digital humanities, with a special focus on new digital platforms, new digital business models and "datafication"

05.11.2021 10:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Roskilde University

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Department of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University (RUC), invites applications for a position as Associate Professor in digital humanities, with a special focus on digital communication, digital platforms, digital business models and ”datafication”. The position is available from August 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

In announcing the position, DCA looks to strengthen its relationship with the private sector mainly through the DigitalLead Cluster and with an ambition to focus on stakeholders in Region Zealand. Simultaneously, DCA aims to develop its research and teaching in digital communication and/or digital humanities, by focusing on new digital busines models and platforms, datafication and digitalization especially within new media and the cultural sector.

The Department of Communication and Arts is an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment, characterized by diversity with respect to theory, method and area of study in research and education. The department produces knowledge that contributes to critical research and reflexive practice in relation to development and change in society, including public institutions, private organizations, NGOs, and cultural and media institutions. Read more here. The department holds a strong environment within research and education in digitalization, and has recently launched Center for Digital Citizenship.

Responsibilities and tasks

The associate professor´s tasks and responsibilities will include research (including publication/academic dissemination) and research-based teaching (including examination and course coordination). The associate professor will be expected to teach both MA and BA levels, and across programs. Teaching at Roskilde University involves supervising problem-oriented project work (PPL – read more here) and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

It is expected that the candidate has an aptitude for external collaboration, and Roskilde University provides the candidate with a reduced teaching load of 150 hours within the first three year to cover the commitment with the cluster organisation DigitalLead.

The position also entails public dissemination of knowledge, including participation in public debate; participation in managing research, providing guidance and supervision of PhD students, assistant professors and contributing to academic assessments.

Furthermore, the associate professor is expected to maintain a steady rate of publications and to make a contribution to the research culture at the department; to attract research grants and manage research projects; provide guidance and supervision of PhD students and assistant professors; participate actively in research groups and development of new teaching activities, as well as taking part in academic assessments and other tasks requested by the department.

Applicants are referred to the university’s Faculty expectations for specifications on the required level of qualifications within research, teaching, networking, fundraising, impact and outreach etc.


Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree and qualifications equivalent to a completed employment period as assistant professor in communication studies, media studies or other relevant subject areas. The ideal candidate matches the following characteristics:

  • International research profile within digital methods (such as media analytics, digital network analysis, data tracking/capture, information retrieval, recommender systems, etc.) and/or digital communication (such as platformization, datafication, digital business models, data governance, etc.).
  • A focus on questions of trust, ethics and transparency in processes of digitalisation and datafication.
  • A keen interest in working in a cross-disciplinary fashion, as the methods mentioned above are in high demand across the department and university.
  • Teaching experience in digital methods, preferably within communication studies as well as the humanities broadly.
  • A keen interest in and experience with project-based teaching and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Documented pedagogical qualifications, good teaching evaluations, and the ability to innovate within the educational field.
  • Ability to communicate in Danish (or possibly Swedish or Norwegian)

Moreover, the ideal candidate is expected to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills, and to be an involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department. At the time of appointment, the successful candidate must master English for academic purposes.


In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research topic
  • Scientific production and research potential at an international level,
  • Experience with close collaboration with external stakeholders
  • Strong teaching qualifications, experience with project-based learning, and interdisciplinary teaching experience,
  • Ability to attract external funding in collaboration with external partners such as public authorities, private companies, NGO’s etc.
  • Ability to create, promote and utilise research results
  • Ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation


For further information about the position, please contact Dean of Humanities Julie Sommerlund (+45) 42160611/

Terms of employment

The employment is full time and you will refer to Dean of Humanities, Julie Sommerlund

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure

After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Reasearch plan (maxium 2 pages)

4. Documentation of education

5. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)

6. A complete list of publications

7. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment

If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)

Please submit your application no later than December 12 2021.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The position is part of a larger strategic effort by Roskilde University to strengthen its research profile within research fields that open new avenues for external collaboration with the private and public sector, for example through the Danish innovation cluster organizations. Furthermore, as the Region Zealand university, Roskilde University is particularly committed to addressing the research and innovation needs of the region’s stakeholders.



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