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Three-year PhD Position in Computational Journalism

Einrichtung: Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
(Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung)
Besetzungsdatum: 12.10.2020
Ende der Bewerbungsfrist: 15.05.2020
Entgeltgruppe: E 13 TV-L
Befristung: 3 years

Es handelt sich um eine Teilzeitstelle. (Stundenzahl: 65%)

Die Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) ist eine der renommiertesten und größten Universitäten Deutschlands.


The successful candidate will join Professor Thurman’s research and teaching unit, to work on a projects funded by the VolkswagenStiftung on computational journalism. These projects are researching topics including: the use of AI in local journalism; audiences’ perceptions of automated journalism; and the use of, and attitudes to, computational journalism in newsrooms. These projects involve collaboration with researchers, publishers, and technology providers in Germany and other countries.

The candidate is expected to:

  • dedicate themselves to the outlined research projects and areas;
  • contribute to the development of the research design and relevant research tools;
  • participate in publication activities and presentations at international conferences.


  • A master’s degree in media and communication or a related field.
  • Strong interest in computational journalism.
  • Quantitative research skills (e.g. SPSS or R).
  • Understanding of, and, if possible, experience with, a range of research methods (e.g. surveys, interviewing, survey experiments).
  • Fluency in English (written and oral).


What we offer

The successful candidate will join the large and successful Media and Communications Department at one of Germany’s highest-ranked universities. LMU Munich provides excellent support and conditions for early career researchers. The specific projects the successful candidate will work on come with generous funding for research-related travel (conferences, fieldwork, etc.) and other research-related expenses.

Application procedure

Your application (in English only) should include: a motivation letter, your CV, the names and contact details of two references, copy of degree certificate(s) and transcript of grades. Please also include a link to your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s theses.

Complete applications should be submitted as a single PDF document to: or by mail.

Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Applications should be submitted by 15 May 2020. Early applications welcome.

Schwerbehinderte Personen werden bei ansonsten im Wesentlichen gleicher Eignung bevorzugt.


Liselotte Drescher
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München


Professor Neil Thurman