Vacancy for a Postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University

The faculty of Political and Social Sciences (Ghent University) invites applications for a full-time position of postdoctoral researcher for the research project on (De)constructing health news: it is a temporary position for a two-year term, which can be renewed once.
Project description

Drawing on a transdisciplinary partnership between communication sciences, sociolinguistics, medical science and sociology, this project investigates the impact of the changing mediascape on the news cover age of health issues with a focus on elderly-related issues. Applying a holistic approach, we look at different stakeholders: the pharmaceutical industry, policy-making bodies, news media, special-interest groups and the general public.

The project’s supervisors are Prof. dr. Daniël Biltereyst, Prof. dr. Piet Bracke, Prof. dr. Thierry Christiaens, Prof. dr. Geert Jacobs and Prof. dr. Karin Raeymaeckers. 

Applicant profile
  • PhD in sociology, communication science, political science, linguistics or equivalent degree (PhD should be obtained before the start of the contract);
  • publications in international peer-reviewed journals (included in the Web of Science);
  • paper presentations at international scientific conferences will be highly appreciated;
  • experience in qualitative research methods and designs (for example, content analysis, participant observation, semi-structured interviews or focus groups);
  • experience in research in the domain of the political economy of health care or in the domain of media communication processes will be highly appreciated;
  • organisational skills and leadership capacities in an academic context.

Job description
  • In conjunction with the project supervisors you will lead a research team and coach the research of four doctoral candidates; 
  • you conduct high-quality research and assist in applying for follow-up research funding.

Applications, incl. curriculum vitae and a copy of the required degree, are to be submitted to Prof. dr. Daniël Biltereyst, Korte Meer 11, 9000 Gent, or via e-mail to, by 20 January 2014 at the latest. 

Earliest date of contract: 1 April 2014.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Daniël Biltereyst (, Prof. dr. Piet Bracke ( and/or Prof. dr. Geert Jacobs ( 
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