JOLT project

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JOLT is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) network aimed at harnessing digital and data technologies for journalism.

JOLT is recruiting 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to advance new theoretical insights, technical advancements, and best-practice guidelines for digital and data journalism. In addition to completing a PhD, the researchers will receive specialised training to advance future careers in academia and industry, produce research publications under the guidance of their supervisors, undertake work experience in different environments, and establish an excellent network of contacts across the academic, industry, and non-profit sectors.

JOLT brings together multidisciplinary expertise from nine academic and industry partners:

Two of these fifteen PhD Research Projects will be led by Digital unav-Center for Internet Studies and Digital Life:

- Branding Data Journalism will investigate the strategic value of data journalism, including data journalism collaborations, for individual legacy newspapers. Host: University of Navarra, Spain. Advert: JOLT_Branding Data Journalism

- Globalised Online News will investigate the globalisation of news provision beyond traditional geographic boundaries. Host: University of Navarra, Spain. Advert: JOLT_Globalised Online News

  • Eligibility Requirements

    All applicants should ensure and demonstrate compliance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules: (1) Applicants may be of any nationality, but must not have resided in or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the host country for more than 12 of the 36 months prior to recruitment. This condition excludes short stays such as holidays. (2) Applicants must have less than four years research experience (full-time equivalent) and must not have obtained a PhD. Registration on taught programmes such as undergraduate degrees or taught Masters degrees do not count as research experience. (3) Applicants must be willing to travel for two secondments or work-placements (where each is approximately 4 weeks in duration).

  • Salary and Benefits

    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. These include a living allowance/salary (see individual advertisements for details), a mobility allowance (€7,200 gross per annum), and a family allowance if applicable (€6,000 gross per annum). Expenses such as registration fees and training are covered by the JOLT network. Researchers will be funded for three years.

  • Responsibilities of the PhD Researcher

    • To manage and carry out the research project within 36 months.

    • To write a PhD dissertation.

    • To participate in research and training activities within the JOLT network.

    • To publish articles and deliver presentations to the research community

    • To participate in public outreach and engagement.

    • To participate in JOLT meetings and the organisation of JOLT events.

    • To liaise with relevant research staff and students

    • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication.

    • To attend progress and management meetings as required.

  • How to Apply

    Please complete the online application form and submit the following documents compiled in the following order into a single PDF file: (i) Research Proposal outlining your understanding of the topic, proposed theoretical approach, methodology, field for empirical research, and potential significance/contribution to existing state of the art (max. 2000 words); (ii) Curriculum Vitae (including two referees’ contact details); (iii) Certificates or Transcripts of Degree and/or Master degree.

  • Closing Date for Applications

    27 May 2018.

  • Candidate Interviews

    Selected candidates will be invited for interview within one month. Interviews may be conducted in person or electronically.


Ana Azurmendi

Contacto general:
Facultad de Comunicación
31009 Pamplona

+34 948 42 56 17