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Professor (tenured) in "Digital Communication and Datafication"

Taux d'activité:  95-100%
Lieu / District: 

Fribourg, CH, Sarine

Délai de postulation:  13.01.2023
Date d'entrée en fonction:  01.09.2023
Type de contrat:  CDI

Qui sommes-nous?

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) invites applications for the full-time position of Professor (tenured) in “Digital Communication and Datafication".

The main place of work is Chur; a regular presence in Fribourg including the attendance of meetings and events is required. The appointment begins in fall 2023.

The University of Fribourg offers excellent working conditions and a competitive salary. Seeking to promote an equitable representation of women and men, the University strongly encourages applications from women. Having signed the DORA declaration, the University of Fribourg emphasizes qualitative assessment of academic achievement.


Please note: Do not use the "apply" button at the top of this page: your application will not be processed. Apply directly to the dean's office ( and to Ms. Jolanda Wehrli (

Candidates should send their complete application, until 17 January 2023, in a single PDF file that includes:

  • a cover letter describing their motivation and qualification for the position
  • a CV including lists of their publications, presentations, teaching experience, research projects/ grants, and contribution to academic service (administrative duties)
  • teaching evaluations
  • a one-page statement of current and future research interests (research statement)
  • a one-page statement with the candidate’s teaching philosophy (teaching statement)
  • the names of three professional references
  • three academic papers recently published, forthcoming or under revision

Vos missions

This professorship is associated with the position as chair of the Institute for Digital Communication and Media Innovation. Teaching takes place in Chur, Fribourg, and other locations in Switzerland.

  • The teaching load is 6-7 hours per week and includes German and English language courses in the master program “Digital Communication and Creative Media Production” (jointly offered by the University of Fribourg and the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons) and in the master program “Communication and Society” (offered by the University of Fribourg)
  • The professorship is with the Department of Communication and Media Research DCM and comes with one fully funded PhD position
  • The successful candidate will chair the University's “Institute for Digital Communication and Media Innovation” (IDCMI) in Chur and Fribourg that includes additional research positions

Profil souhaité

  • Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in communication studies or a closely related discipline (with proven experience in media and communication)
  • They need a strong publication record (including peer-reviewed articles in international journals) as well as positively evaluated teaching experience in the required specialization
  • Given the expectation to chair the IDCMI, experience in acquiring competitive third-party research grants is required, leadership experience is desirable
  • The professorship requires a specialization in the digital transformation of media, communication, and the public sphere from a social scientific perspective
  • Research experience in a field like media innovation, journalism and/or media literacy is not mandatory, but would be of particular interest
  • Candidates should be familiar with digital social scientific research methods (quantitative methods like big data analysis and computational communication science as well as qualitative methods)
  • They should be able to offer critical perspectives on the datafication and platformization of communication as well as on the implications of these developments for individual users, media organizations, media markets, the communication of organizations and/or democratic society
  • The position thus requires proficiency in German and English. Administrative languages at the University of Fribourg are German and French. A passive knowledge of French is expected in the medium term

Coordonnées des personnes de contact

Deans' office of the Faculty of management, economics and social sciences : / Jolanda Wehrli, secretary at the DCM :

Date de publication:  21 nov. 2022
N° de référence:  5936