Doctoral Researcher (m/f/d, 60 %) in the Field of Media and Communication

Call for Applications of Zurich University, Switzerland. Deadline: May 31, 2021

The University of Zurich is the largest research university in Switzerland. IKMZ is one of the leading communication science departments in Europe.

The PhD student will work in an international research project led by Prof. Dr. Mike S. Schäfer and Dr. Jing Zeng, researching "imaginaries of artificial intelligence" in Germany, China and the US, i.e. the public and media representations of AI technologies across countries. This project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Your responsibilities

  • Conduct research with the project team
  • Attend conferences and publish academic journal articles
  • Complete your doctoral study and thesis in the broader framework of the project

Your profile

  • Master's degree in media and communication studies, maybe also in a related discipline if you have sufficient expertise in media/communication analysis
  • Experience with/interest in conducting research on AI or digital technologies
  • Experience with empirical research, ideally both with quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Proficiency in English and German (sufficient to conduct qualitative interviews and text/document analyses in German, C1)

What we offer

  • A supportive, dynamic, research-oriented team
  • A great working environment, and inspiring intellectual atmosphere
  • Excellent resources

Place of work: Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich

The earliest starting date of this position is 1 October, 2021.

The Deadline for applications is 31 May, 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be notified around mid-June, 2021. Interviews will take place in late June/early July, 2021.

The contract is for 3 years.

Please send your application with letter of motivation; CV; Copy of degrees; a list of scientific publications through the Apply Button to Valeria Rieser.

Contact: Prof. Zeng, j.zeng(at)

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