Ph.D. / Post-doc Researcher: University of Bern

Ph.D. / Post-doc Researcher (80-100%) Positions at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Bern.

Duration: The position will be available from October 1st, 2021 (or by appointment) for an initial period of three years.

Involved Tasks

  1. Research in existing SNF-sponsored project:

o  Processing and analysis of large sets of web tracking data
o Designing mechanism for identifying sensitive information in large text-based datasets
o Developing automated text classification models for political/online communication research
o Conducting various forms of statistical analyses (e.g. regression/cluster models)

  1. Writing of outstanding publications
  2. Contribution to the general tasks of the Institute
  3. Teaching

Qualifications / Requirements

  1. Outstanding Ph.D. (for Postdoctoral position) / Master (for Ph.D. position) in communication science, a related social science discipline, and/or in informatics, data science, computational linguistics
  2. Strong skills in computational methods, especially data cleaning and processing, as well as automated content analysis and text classification (Python). Experience with parallel programming / multi-threading and deep learning (transformers / RNNs) is beneficial.
  3. Strong interest in political communication and/or online communication
  4. Very good skills in the methods of empirical social science
  5. Ability to work in a team

The job interviews will take place on the 10th / 13th of September. 

Application Procedure

Applications (letter of motivation including research interests/ideas, CV, publication list, certificates;

For PhDs: one central chapter of the MA-thesis or another publication;

For Post-docs: 1-2 central articles) should be mailed as a pdf file by September 2nd, 2021 to Prof. Dr. Silke Adam (

Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Bern
Fellowship Level Ph.D., PostDoc
Country Switzerland
Subject areas Communication Science, Social Science discipline
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to International students
Deadline September 2nd, 2021

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