Open position: Postdoctoral researcher in digital media

The Faculty of Social Sciences and research project Media platforms and social accountability: Dynamics, practices and discourses (MAPS) invite applications for the position of 


To be appointed on a full-time basis for 22 months from 1 September 2021 onwards (or starting point as agreed).

The successful applicant will join a research team of the project Media platforms and social accountability: Dynamics, practices and discourses funded by the Academy of Finland.

Media platforms and social accountability: Dynamics, practices and discourses studies digital media platforms as crucial sites for social accountability processes and debates across global contexts. The project uses digital methods combined with qualitative approaches to examine the changing dynamics, practices and discourses of social accountability. The project produces new knowledge of the ways in which social media platforms intervene and influence accountability processes, both facilitating and threatening democratic participation. Further, it investigates how the accountability of platform companies is globally demanded and contested by governments and civil society actors, and how the platforms act to reclaim their legitimacy in response.


An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree within media and communication studies or an adjacent field in the humanities, social sciences or data sciences. The default assumption is that the appointee will hold a doctoral degree before commencing work, and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work. The candidate is furthermore expected to demonstrate a background in one or more of the following fields: digital media studies, media policy research, media industry studies, global media studies, internet research. Previous experience in the collection and analysis of digital media data and digital methods is an asset. The successful applicant should also possess appropriate teaching skills in higher education. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload). 

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the discipline of Media and Communication Studies and the wider scientific community across and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation. The working language will be English.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months. 


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file: 

1) Curriculum vitae, including list of publications
2) Research plan or Letter of Research Interests, in which the applicant outlines how his/her expertise would contribute to the research area (max. 2 pages)
3) Summary (max. 2 pages) of the applicant’s scholarly activities, including original research at an international level, international academic networks, local co-operation, success in obtaining research funding
3) Names and contact details of one or two referees

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications and the documentation of teaching merits can be found in the following web address:…

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal, 


For further information about the postdoc position, please contact PI Mervi Pantti; e-mail:

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The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. 

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and international Master’s programmes, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The Faculty has a research and teaching staff of approximately 450, and each year it awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. For more information, please see the Faculty website at

Due date

28.02.2021 23:59 EET

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