Job advertisement

Vacancy ID: 080/2023
Closing date: 2023-05-15


Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light—Life—Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

The Institute of Communication Science at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena seeks to fill a position as a

Postdoc or Ph.D. researcher
in Empirical Methods of Communication Science (m/f/d)

to start on 1 October 2023. We offer a full-time (100 % / 40 hours per week) or, if desired, a part-time position (50 % / 20 hours per week).

Your responsibilities:

    • You conduct research in one of the following areas:
      • Journalistic news and its determinants (e. g., constructive journalism)
      • Election campaign communication (e. g., framing, personalization)
      • Audience participation in journalism (e. g., moderation, user motives, discussion quality)
      • Alternative Media (e. g., news performance, populism, effects on political support)
    • You work on an own scientific qualification project, (e.g. doctorate, habilitation).
    • You teach at bachelor’s and master's levels (100 % position: 4 hours per week / 50 % position: 2 hours per week) and support the supervision of student theses.
    • You publish research in English-language journals and attend national and international conferences.
    • You are engaging in academic self-administration.

Your profile:

    • Successfully completed scientific university studies (Diplom, Master or equivalent) in communication science or related empirical social sciences.
    • For the post-doctoral position, a completed Ph.D. is expected.
    • Sound knowledge of quantitative social science methods and interest in working with the statistics program R
    • Willingness to learn computational methods (e.g., automated content analysis)
    • Proficiency in German (or willingness to learn German) and independent working mode

We offer:

    • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. capital formation benefits (VL), Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL)
    • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale E 13 — depending on the candidate’s personal qualifications—, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.
    • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office ‘JUniFamilie’ and flexible childcare (‘JUniKinder)
    • A Graduate Academy for doctoral candidates and postdocs
    • Flexible working hours (flexitime and, if applicable, teleworking)

The advertised position is limited to a maximum of 3 years. An extension is possible but cannot be guaranteed. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability. For further information and questions regarding the content, please contact Prof. Dr. Ines Engelmann directly (

Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae in table form, certificates, etc.), preferably by email (one PDF file), stating the vacancy ID 080/2023 by 15 May 2023 as one PDF file to

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