Computational Communication Science PostDoc (m/f/x)

Faculty of Social Sciences - Institute for Communication Science and Media Research: project „Towards Responsible AI in Local Journalism
Start date
Application deadline
1 Jun 2022
Remuneration group
TV-L E13
Contract duration
until 30.09.2025 (three years)

The Institute for Communication Science and Media Research of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is looking from 01.10.2022 until 30.09.2025 (three years) for a Computational Communication Science PostDoc (100%, TV-L E13) in the project „Towards Responsible AI in Local Journalism”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project involves an international, interdisciplinary research team including Professor Natali Helberger (University of Amsterdam), Professor Helle Sjøvaag (University of Stavanger), Professor Neil Thurman (LMU Munich), and Professors Antske Fokkens and Wouter van Atteveldt (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

This particular position is affiliated with the research and teaching group of Professor Mario Haim (LMU Munich) and will focus on research and development of AI software prototypes for and with local journalistic project partners.

The position is currently limited to the project duration of three years.

Tasks and responsibilities

You will be part of the research and teaching group led by Professor Haim as well as the international and interdisciplinary research team mentioned above and will work independently on tasks that arise in the project. These include in particular:

  • Contributing to international (design-thinking) workshops on AI in local journalism
  • Contributing to publication activities and presentations at international conferences.
  • Developing and overseeing responsible AI software prototypes for local journalism with a focus on news gathering and production
  • Participating in research project meetings and workshops.


  • Completed (by October 2022) Ph.D. in communication science or a related field
  • Good knowledge of quantitative methods in communication science
  • Good knowledge of a programming language used in Computational Communication Science (R and/or Python)
  • Strong interest in computational journalism and local journalism as well as respective ecosystems
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and design-thinking methods.


We offer you an interesting and responsible job with excellent opportunities and development. Your workplace is centrally located in Munich and is easily accessible by public transport.

LMU Munich is an equal-opportunity employer, and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

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


Please send your application documents by email (cover letter, CV, certificates) by 01.06.2022 at the latest. Your application documents should be put into one single PDF document.


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