PhD Positions at The Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University

The Doctoral School of Communication and Arts (DCA), Roskilde University invites applications for a number of PhD positions. The scholarships are fully funded for 3 years from September 1st 2023.

The Department of Communication and Arts
Your daily workplace will be Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University. DCA covers RUC’s Communication programs (Communication, Journalism, and Performance Design) and Art programs (Danish, Philosophy, History, and Cultural Encounters).

We conduct excellent, interdisciplinary research in the intersection between Communication, Cultural Studies, Social Science, and Humanities, and offer new PhD fellows an innovative and interdisciplinary university environment, characterized by diversity with respect to theory, method, and area of study in research and education. Our research is characterized by double impact, i.e. by the highest academic quality, and by a direct interaction with public, private and civil actors in the society.

We have strong research networks and partnerships with local, regional, national, and international partners with the goal of ensuring the highest quality in all our research-based activities.

The Doctoral School
You will be welcomed by our PhD program in Communication and Arts and offered a number of activities from international PhD courses and master classes with researchers from around the world to writing retreats, frequent work-in-progress seminars as well as informal activities. We expect you to be actively involved in all PhD activities and that you contribute to a dynamic and inspiring PhD environment.

In order to support and strengthen the interdisciplinary research profile of the department, and the researcher education of the PhD fellows, all PHD’s are allocated two supervisors (a main supervisor and a co-supervisor) from two different research groups in the department.

PhD fellows enrolled in DCA’s doctoral school are associated with the same research group as the main supervisor and can partake in more research groups if relevant. PhD fellows are also encouraged to collaborate with other research environments and networks both nationally and internationally. In our recruitment process we emphasize the ability to take an active part in collective research processes.

For more information:

Research project
Proposed PhD projects must be original and relate to or enhance research fields at the department.

Projects placed in the intersection between the department’s research fields will be preferred.

Project descriptions – either in English or Danish – should outline research topic, overall objectives, a state-of-the art of the research field to which the project seeks to contribute, planned methods, empirical material, theoretical approaches and relevant ethical considerations, as well as a schedule for its implementation. The project description should not exceed 5 pages in total not including references. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to present research activities at the department and to suggest possible main and co-supervisor from the department.

PhD scholars at DCA´s doctoral school are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Teaching responsibilities will be planned with the aim of matching the research interests, competences and pedagogical ambitions of the candidate with the needs for research-based teaching at the department. The PhD scholars may teach at both MA and BA levels, at any of DCA´s programmes. Teaching at Roskilde University involves supervising problem-oriented project work (PPL – read more here) and requires an interdisciplinary approach.

Qualifications and Assessment
The ideal candidates are enterprising and possesses good interpersonal and communication skills. PhD scholars at DCA are required to be visible, involved participants in the department’s daily life and activities, and to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment, consideration will be given to the following:

Formal qualifications: 

Professional competences:

  • Ability and sufficient experience to complete the PhD project
  • Criteria relating to the research project
  • Quality and relevance of the proposed project
  • Quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choices
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory

Feasibility of the project

  • Match between project and research groups and possible supervisors
  • Relevance of the project to the research profile of the Department

For further information about the position, please contact head of the Doctoral School, Professor Rikke Andreassen ( og 4674 3789

Terms of employment
The employment is full time referring to Dean, Professor Ida Willig.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  


Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.



To apply for the position go to

Only applications in English and in Danish are accepted.

Applications must include:
1. Project description including a time schedule (max. 5 pages not including references)
2. CV
3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent
4. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 

In the application and evaluation process, your project proposal, CV and documentation of formal qualifications are the most important documents. If you also wish to include a cover letter (for instance with personal motivations and reflections) this is not obligatory but will also be taken into consideration


Please submit your application no later thanMarch 24, 2023. 

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 


Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Deadline: 2023-03-24 at 23:59
Unit: Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Friday March 24th, 2023