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Junior Researcher in the Field of Communication Science (m/f/d)

Junior Researcher in the Field of Communication Science (m/f/d)

The Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut - subject to final approval of funds by the BMBF - is offering the following position from 1 June 2020 (a later start is possible after prior consultation): Junior Researcher in the field of Communication Science (m/f/d) (pay grade 13 TV-L, 65 %).

The Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) in Hamburg is one of the leading institutes in its field in Europe. The HBI examines media change and the associated structural changes in public communication. It combines basic research and research on knowledge transfer from a cross-media, interdisciplinary and independent scientific perspective.

Together with ten other institutes and universities, the HBI supports the "Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt" (FGZ; Research
Institute Social Cohesion). It contributes to several sub-projects, which deal in particular with the importance of media for social cohesion. The advertised position is assigned to the sub-project "What Journalists Want and What They Ought to Do – The Transformation of the Journalism/Audience-Relationship and Its Relevance for Social Cohesion" (Head: Prof. Dr. W. Loosen). In addition to its challenging scientific work, the Institute offers active and regular scientific exchange and supports doctoral students through in-house training opportunities and the integration into (inter)national networks.

Your Tasks

  • Processing of work packages in the BMBF-funded project "What Journalists Want and What They Ought to Do. The Transformation of Journalism / Audience Relations and Its Significance for Social Cohesion", in particular collaboration in the
  • Conception and implementation of quantitative surveys on the journalism and population side;
  • Conception and implementation of group discussions/workshops;
  • Data preparation and analysis;
  • Preparation of research results for scientific publications and lectures as well as handouts for practical use;
  • Participation or collaboration in institute-wide meetings and tasks, especially within the research programme "Transformation of Public Communication";
  • Participation or collaboration in meetings and tasks of the FGZ.

The opportunity to do a doctorate is provided within the framework of the research project.

Your Qualifications

  • A university degree in communication science, journalism or another social science discipline with proven knowledge in the field of communication science
  • Proven knowledge of methods of empirical research, especially in qualitative and quantitative forms of interviewing;
  • Knowledge of current developments in journalism, interest in questions concerning the audience perspective in journalism and audience expectations of journalism;
  • Ability to work in a team and
  • Very good language skills in spoken and written German and English (both comparable to CEFR >= C1).
Employment, remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (TV-L). The weekly working time is 25.4 hours, the position is limited to four years due to the duration of the project.

We particularly welcome applicants with an international background. Severely disabled applicants take precedence over non-privileged applicants of equal qualification, aptitude and professional achievement.

The HBI advocates gender equality and aims to increase the proportion of women in research. Therefore, applications from women are explicitly welcome. In the case of equal aptitude, competence and professional performance, women are given preferential consideration unless reasons relating to the person of a competitor predominate.


Prof. Dr. Wiebke Loosen (project management; w.loosen@leibniz-hbi.de) and Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt (coordination of the FGZ location Hamburg; j.schmidt@leibniz-hbi.de) will be happy to answer your questions.


Please send your application with a meaningful cover letter and all relevant documents in a PDF file with the subject "SW19-14" until 6 May 2020 by e-mail to: bewerbung@leibniz-hbi.de.

Please note that your application documents will be processed and stored in the context of filling the position. Travel expenses for job interviews can be reimbursed according to the regulations of the Hamburg Travel Expenses Act.

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