Postdoc in Digital Culture (Norway) Deadline: May 31, 2019

University of Bergen

Application Deadline

May 31, 2019

Program Commencement

January 01, 2020

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres.

The Postdoctoral researcher position available at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bergen is part of the ERC project Machine Vision in Everyday Life: Playful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social Media. MACHINE VISION is a five-year project led by Professor Jill Walker Rettberg. The objective of the three-year postdoc project is to develop an understanding of the experiences of users and developers of machine vision technologies in smartphones and social media, e.g. selfie filters, image enhancement algorithms and object recognition algorithms. Anthropological/ethnographic methods including fieldwork and interviews will be used. Applicants must submit a preliminary project outline with the application, and develop a more specific research design after being hired, in collaboration with MACHINE VISION’s project leader. The postdoc project must address the project’s main research questions, which relate to agency, objectivity and values/bias in machine vision, but will also be tailored to the candidate’s particular strengths and interests. Research outputs should include a monograph and/or peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, public outreach, and co-organizing one or more workshops. The postdoc will join a team consisting of the project leader, three PhD students researching representations of machine vision in art, narratives and games, a research assistant and a database developer. The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Bergen, Norway. Funding will be provided for fieldwork, research visits and conference visits. 

The position ensures the selected applicants a part in a high prestige, cutting-edge research project, a good and professionally challenging working environment, salary at pay grade 59 (code 1352/pay range 24) on the state salary scale that currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 514 800 before taxes, enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise), and welfare benefits.

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Eligibility/ Requirements

The most important factor in the ranking of candidates will be the relevance of the candidate’s experience and proposed project to the overall objectives of the MACHINE VISION project, as formulated in the publicly available project summary. The position requires proficiency in both written and oral English.

The applicants must:

  • have a Norwegian PhD or equivalent in anthropology, digital culture, media studies or a related discipline, or have submitted their PhD dissertation before the application deadline. The PhD must be approved before the starting date.
  • have experience with anthropological/ethnographic methods such as interviews and participant observation.
  • have experience with research on digital or technological phenomena is preferred.
  • have research experience in non-Western settings, or of marginalized groups, is also preferred.
  • be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

Application Process

Please apply electronically in the online system with Reference number 19/3885

The application must include:

  • A cover letter describing your general research interests and expertise, and how these make you a good fit for the MACHINE VISION project.
  • A 1-2 page project outline describing your preliminary ideas for developing an understanding of the experiences of users and developers of machine vision technologies in smartphones and social media
  • CV – please use the online form at Jobbnorge.

  • Transcripts and diplomas

  • The names and contact information for two reference persons.
  • Publications (max 3)
  • A list of research publications

The enclosures can be submitted as Word- or pdf-files.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Any queries concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities. Email:

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