Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies

OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University (former HiOA) is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and over 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. OsloMet has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes. 

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies has approximately 450 students and 30 employees. Study programmes and research are closely connected and exhibit our international profile.

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), invites applications for a three-year fellowship in journalism and media studies, with an emphasis on media, health issues and individual exposure in journalism.  

About the position The scholarship position is linked to the PhD program in Health Sciences. As a research fellow, you will work closely with INDEX, a research group at the Department of Journalism and Media Studies that studies individual exposure in journalism. You will also be part of the PhD program at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Department of Journalism and Media Studies has the main responsibility for the PhD supervision.

Read more about the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and the PhD program in Health Sciences here.

Health issues are at the core of the welfare state and the economy of a society. They also play a major role in the journalistic media. Health risks - from pandemics via lifestyle illnesses to diseases associated with aging - are routinely individualized in the media.

The media’s increased focus on - and exposure of - individuals over the last decades has helped to strengthen the coverage of health issues. However, it is contested whether individualized representation of health risks weakens or enhances the public's understanding of - and participation in - health and welfare issues. Does individualization contribute to informed democratic participation, or does it impair this function? Individual exposure in journalism about health issues reflects development trends in society. It also touches the core of what journalism is, which is significant in the professional education from which the project emerges.

The project will thus possibly contribute to developing the field of practice. Moreover, communication with the public is an increasing, and increasingly challenging, part of health work. The project can therefore also relate to communication perspectives in health science and develop knowledge relevant to both professions.  

We encourage applicants to provide project outlines that link journalism, health and welfare issues in a creative way.  

Qualifications and responsibilities

  • education at the MA level (120 credits) or equivalent in journalism/media, social sciences or humanities, health sciences, and knowledge of/experience from media studies/journalism.
  •  written and oral proficiency in English and a Scandinavian language.
  •  ability for independent and targeted work
  •  professional involvement


Desired skills and competencies

  • relevant experience from research and development work •
  • Experience from publication of scholarly work and participation at international seminars / conferences


  • admission to doctoral programs in health science is a condition for accession into the position as a research fellow
  • final plan for research education must be approved and contracted 3 months after accession

In assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on the submitted project outline/description. The description must be at a level that makes it probable that the project will lead to a PhD within a three-year period. In assessment of the applications, emphasis will be placed on the timeliness and relevance of the project to the research area. The project outline can be in a Scandinavian language or in English, and must be no more than 10 pages.  

  • The following shall be stated in the project outline:
  • research problem, theory and method(s)
  • account of relevant knowledge in the field
  • schedule
  • reference list

We offer The opportunity for academic support and development in a large and comprehensive educational and research environment

  • An active research group with regular meetings, seminars and support networks
  • Good loan terms and pension benefits from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Flexible working hours and good welfare arrangements.  

Contact information

For more information on the position, please contact:

  • Professor Harald Hornmoen, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, tel. ++47 67 23 83 28
  • Associate professor Birgitte Kjos Fonn, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, tel. ++47 67 23 66 90
  •  Professor Sølvi Helseth, Faculty of Health Sciences, tel. ++47 67 23 62 30

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, NOK 436 900,-.

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Expert assessment

As an applicant you will be evaluated by an expert committee. Within the deadline you must – together with the application - upload the following documents:

  • cv, certificates and diplomas
  •  project description / project outline (max 10 pages including the reference list)
  • master thesis
  • any other scientific work that you wish to be evaluated by the expert committee
  • list of own publications

Applications that do not contain the above can be rejected.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, contact hanne.landen@hioa.no

If you want to apply for the position, you must do this electronically by using the button at the bottom of the announcement

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.01.2018
Salary 436 900
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 17/01941
  • Førsteamanuensis Birgitte Kjos Fonn , +47 67 23 83 37
  • Professor Sølvi Helseth , +47 67 23 62 30
  • Professor Harald Hornmoen , +47 67 23 83 28
Published 14.Jul.2017
Last application date 25.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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