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Full Professor in Journalism Studies

05.08.2021 22:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

University of Salzburg, Austria

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria, is pleased to be able to staff a Full Professorship in Journalism Studies as of October 1st, 2022. The deadline for applications is October 13th, 2021.

The Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) is an up-and-coming Austrian university with outstanding achievements in research and teaching in the fields of (digital) humanities, life sciences, sustainable (social) development and interconnections of art and science. With its four guiding principles “Art in Context”, “Development and Sustainability”, “Digital Life”, and “Health and Mind”, the PLUS offers researchers excellent inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration opportunities.

As of 1st October 2022, the permanent position of a full professorship in “journalism studies” at the department of communication studies at the PLUS is to be staffed.

This professorship covers communication studies in general, with a research and teaching focus on journalism studies. This focus covers in particular critical inquiry of the social role of journalism in times of political, socio-cultural, economic and media-technological change. This includes also digital and non-editorial forms of journalism. Internationally-oriented candidates familiar and consistent with the department’s mission statement are given priority. The future professor will contribute to the Bachelor-, Master- and PhD programmes at the department, in particular with regard to journalism theories and empirical methods, as well as projects in cooperation with the professional field. Solid knowledge of the Austrian media landscape is an asset. The professor is expected to cooperate closely with all other divisions of the department in Salzburg, and the department aims at increasing the number of female professors.

General requirements include:

1. appropriate PhD / disseration;

2. appropriate „Habilitation“ (venia docendi) in communication, media or journalism studies, or equivalent scientific qualification;

3. excellent scientific (publication) record;

4. excellent teaching record;

5. leadership skills in the academic context;

6. strong international scientific network;

7. very good command of English and German language.

Specific requirements:

1. research and teaching on the digital transformation of journalism from a societyoriented perspective, and engagement with the professional field;

2. experience and knowledge in applying qualitative and quantitative methods to empirical journalism studies, skills in digital methods;

3. experience in conducting basic research and in third-party funded research projects;

4. participation in academic administrative self-governance;

5. experience in up-to-date knowledge management;

6. social skills, cooperation and interdisciplinarity;

7. leadership skills;

8. teaching in English and German, including exams.

The Paris Lodron University Salzburg appoints professors full-time on a tenured contract according to the regulations of the Austrian Universities Act, the Law on Employees (Angestelltengesetz), and the collective contractual agreement (Kollektivvertrag) for university employees (group A1 / The legal minimum of salary negotiations is € 5,321.70 before taxes (in 14 monthly payments). A higher salary may be subject of contract negotiations.

The Paris Lodron University Salzburg seeks to increase the proportion of women on its staff and therefore especially welcomes applications from suitably qualified female candidates. In cases where successful candidates possess equal qualifications, priority will be given to women.

Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are expressly invited to apply.

Unfortunately, any travel and accommodation expenses incurred during the admission procedure cannot be reimbursed.

Applications have to include teaching and research objectives as well as the usual documents such as curriculum vitae, list of academic publications, conference contributions and courses held, teaching evaluations, didactical certificates, record of research projects and external funding, activities in academic self-governance and other relevant activities. Applications are to be adressed to the president of the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hendrik Lehnert. They have to be submitted by 13th October 2021 per email to, stating the reference number of the vacancy GZ B0010/1-2021. 



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