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PhD Positions at The Department of Communication and Arts

The Doctoral School of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University invites applications for a number of PhD positions. The scholarships are fully funded for 3 years and will be filled on September 1st 2021.

The Department of Communication and Arts
Your daily workplace will be Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University. DCA covers RUC’s Communication programs (Communication, Journalism, and Performance Design) and Art programs (Danish, Philosophy, History, and Cultural Encounters).

It is DCA´s ambition to be leading within the department’s research areas, nationally as well as internationally. It is also an ambition to have and to develop local, regional, national, and international research networks with the goal of ensuring the highest quality in all our research-based activities.

DCA aspires to develop an interdisciplinary research profile in the intersection between Communication, Cultural Studies, Social Science, and Humanities. 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. Accordingly, our research is characterized by double impact, i.e. by the highest academic quality, and by a direct interaction with public, private and civil actors in the society.

The Doctoral School
The PhD program in Communication and Arts offers a number of activities from international PhD courses and master classes with researchers from around the world to writing retreats, frequent work-in-progress seminars as well as informal activities. We expect you to be actively involved in all PhD activities and that you will contribute to a dynamic and inspiring PhD environment.

In order to support and strengthen the interdisciplinary research profile, enrolled PhD candidates will be allocated two supervisors (a main supervisor and a co-supervisor) from two different research groups in the department.

PhD candidates enrolled in DCA’s doctoral school associated with the same research group as the main supervisor and can partake in more research groups if relevant. All PhD candidates are encouraged to collaborate with other research environments and networks both nationally and internationally. In our recruitment process we emphasize the ability to take an active part in collective research processes.

For more information:

Research project
Proposed PhD projects must be original and relate to or enhance research fields at the department.

Projects placed in the intersection the department’s research fields will be preferred.

Project descriptions - either in English or Danish - should outline research topic, overall objectives, a state-of-the art of the research field to which the project seeks to contribute, planned methods, empirical material, theoretical approaches and relevant ethical considerations, as well as a schedule for its implementation. The project description should not exceed 5 pages in total not including references. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to present research activities at the department and to suggest possible main and co-supervisor from the department.

PhD scholars at DCA´s doctoral school are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Teaching responsibilities will be planned with the aim of matching the research interests, competences and pedagogical ambitions of the candidate with the needs for research-based teaching at the department. The PhD scholars may teach at both MA and BA levels, at any of DCA´s programmes. Teaching at Roskilde University involves supervising problem-oriented project work (PPL – read more here) and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

Qualifications and Assessment
The ideal candidates are enterprising and possesses good interpersonal and communication skills. PhD scholars at DCS are required to be visible, involved participants in the department’s daily life and activities, and to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment, consideration will be given to the following:

Formal qualifications

Professional competences
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s program or equivalent
  • Ability and sufficient experience to complete the PhD project

Criteria relating to the research project
  • Quality and relevance of the project description
  • Quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choice
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
  • Feasibility of the project
  • Match between project and research groups and possible supervisors
  • Relevance of the project to the research profile of the Department

For further information about the position, please contact head of the Doctoral School, Professor Ida Willig or (+45) 4674 3751.

Terms of employment
The employment is full time and you will refer to Head of Department 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 Danish or English are accepted.

Applications must include:
1. Project description (max. 5 pages not including references)
2. CV
3. Time scedule
4. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent
5. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

In the application and evaluation process, your project proposal, CV and documentation of formal qualifications are the most important documents. If you also wish to include a cover letter (for instance with personal motivations and reflections) this is not obligatory but will also be taken into consideration.

Please submit your application no later than March 15, 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.



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