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Institution Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of Media and Communication
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Full-time (100%)
Start date 2023-10-01 limited to 2024-03-31
Application deadline 2023-02-10

About us:

The Department of Media and Communication at LMU Munich offers a full-time, 6-month position within the research and teaching unit of Professor Neil Thurman.

We are looking for you:

Postdoc in Media Audiences / Computational Journalism (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

The teaching requirement with this position is approximately 5 (academic) hours/ week during the winter semester of 2023/ 24
(1 academic hour = 45 mins contact time). Should additional funding become available, the period of employment could be extended to six years.

Professor Thurman’s research and teaching unit focuses on media audience research, including the behaviour of newspapers’, magazines’, and TV channels’ online and offline audiences. It also hosts 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 unit is also involved in comparative journalism research through the Worlds of Journalism Study. Professor Thurman’s website provides more information on his research interests:

The candidate is expected to:

  • teach 5 (academic) hours/ week during the winter semester of 2023/ 24
  • Assist Professor Thurman with grant writing
  • Time-allowing, get involved in the unit’s research projects

Your qualifications:

  • University degree and PhD in media and communication or a related field
  • Strong interest in researching media audiences and/ or computational journalism
  • Fluency in English (written and oral).
  • A record of publication in the English language


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.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Application procedure: Your application (in English only) should include: a motivation letter, your CV with publication list, the names and contact details of two references, copy of degree certificates and transcript of grades. Please also include a link to your PhD thesis.

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

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

Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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