Assistant Professor in Digital Strategic Communication

    Assistant Professor in Digital Strategic Communication

    Assistant Professor of Digital Strategic Communication, in School of Communication and Culture, at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionAssistant Professor
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaDigital Strategic Communication
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceSchool of Communication and Culture
    Department of Media and Journalism Studies
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateOct 01, 2021


    Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to organisational and strategic communication. Applicants must be able to document:

    • an internationally-oriented research profile within digital strategic communication, organisational communication, public relations or media studies and affiliated fields of communication research
    • experience of conducting research commensurate with that attained through a completed PhD
    • relevant teaching experience at university level, including teaching methods, commensurate with that attained through a completed PhD


    Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document

    • experience of participation in relevant national and international research networks
    • time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognised research institutions

    Finally, applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years as well as their strategy/vision for their contribution to future developments within the field of digital strategic communication.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The field of media and journalism studies is currently undergoing significant changes not least due to the increasing digitalisation of culture and society that has radically transformed the basic conditions under which mediated content is produced, distributed, used and experienced. These new conditions call for critical and innovative ways to prepare qualified media and journalism studies students for a rapidly changing job market, and to produce high-quality research that helps society, organisations, corporations and people make sense of and navigate contemporary media landscapes. The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University is taking an international lead in developing research and study programmes based on the premise that the ability to understand fully the implications of digitalisation in communication, media production and distribution necessitates the adaptation and integration of new modes of enquiry into both research and teaching.

    Against this background, we are looking for a colleague who can strengthen and develop the department’s profile in strategic communication in an online context, develop teaching and research in this area, and contribute to the department’s continued focus on digital, methodological competences.

    Our ideal applicant can document research results at an international level in analysing contemporary strategic communication within either a political, a commercial, a public or a civil societal context. Strong skills in digital methods and analysis of digital communication are also relevant, and we ask the applicant to present a convincing three-year research plan for the development and/or implementation of these skills and competences within a strategic communicative research context. Experience of teaching or practice in strategic communication is considered a strength, but not a requirement.

    In sum, we are looking for a dedicated applicant who will strengthen the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally, as well as contributing to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    • Motivated application
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Diploma
    • A list of publications
    • A teaching portfolio. We refer to Guideline on the use of teaching portfolios
    • A maximum of five of the publications of greatest relevance to the job may be submitted


    The Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a robust research network.

    We are looking for an applicant who can document research competences in one or more of the following areas:

    • strategic online communication or media planning (with regard to their function as designed/aesthetic products in a societal, organisational, political context, their media and algorithmic conditions, and/or their audience/user perspectives)
    • digital transformations in strategic communications in corporate or non-corporate contexts, e.g. in the field of political communication, NGOs, social movements or start-up enterprises
    • the development of theory and theoretical approaches to strategic communication in a digitalised world, possibly including but not limited to the role of organisations, communicative content, platforms, automation, stakeholder management and outreach strategies for business, political or civic purposes, strategic planning and evaluation methods, persuasion and audience reception
    • proven skills (through publications or project reports) in applying and/or developing digital methods applicable for the analysis of strategic communication in an online universe

    International applicants

    International applicants are encouraged to see Attractive working conditions for further information about the benefits of working at Aarhus University and in Denmark, including healthcare, paid holidays and, if relevant, maternity/paternity leave, childcare and schooling. Aarhus University offers a wide variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including a relocation service and career counselling for expat partners. For information about taxation, see Taxation aspects of international researchers’ employment by AU.

    An appointee who does not speak Danish will be required to acquire proficiency in Danish equivalent to level B2 (CEFR) in order to handle tasks including administrative and managerial responsibilities and to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within approximately three years of commencing the appointment.



    Anne Marit Waade
    Professor, Head of Department, School of Communication and Culture – Media Studies
    Phone: +4587162009

    Arts Administrative Centre – Arts HR
    Phone: +4587162298

    Anne Marit Waade, Head of the Department of Media and Journalism Studies
    Tel.: +45 8716 2009

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    Assistant Professor of Digital Strategic Communication

    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)