Mark Bradley and Dr Irini Katsirea, staff at the Department of Journalism Studies

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The Department of Journalism Studies is widely recognised as a UK leader for teaching and research in our field. We are rated number 1 in the UK by the Guardian university league tables (2019). In the last Research Excellence Framework assessment, 100 per cent of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent for impact.

Likewise, the University of Sheffield has been placed by the Sunday Times among Britain's 100 best non-profit organisations to work for, for three consecutive years. A remarkable 94 per cent of staff say they are proud to work for the University.

In response to increased student numbers and the changing nature of the media, we are often looking to recruit new teaching, research and professional services staff to the Department of Journalism Studies. Our current vacancies are listed below.

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Research Associate

We are looking to recruit a French-speaking Research Associate to join our team to work with us on the FemmePowermentAfrique project, assessing the impact of radio on women’s rights and empowerment in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, principally to transcribe, translate and analyse the content of broadcast recordings from Studio Tamani (Mali) and other radio stations.

The project, which is in collaboration with Fondation Hirondelle in Lausanne, Switzerland, is conducting an impact assessment of radio provision in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso and is focusing in particular on women-themed programmes and programmes aimed at youth. The assessment is contributing to the development of criteria which can be used by radio workers, journalists, NGOs and donors to ensure optimum targeting of marginalised and isolated groups in west Africa. The work will yield a range of academic, industry and public-facing outputs and will contribute to wider public understanding of journalism and radio in particular.

As part of our research community you will be conducting and contributing to ground-breaking research and cutting-edge thinking, which will produce a range of high-impact outputs. We are therefore seeking applications from ambitious, highly motivated and talented individuals who will be keen to play an active role in maintaining and enhancing the international reputation for research in the Department of Journalism Studies.

This post is part time at 0.8fte and fixed term for five months, beginning mid-October to early November 2019. The closing date for applications is 12 September 2019.


We welcome applications from high-quality candidates with research expertise which will complement and strengthen our existing research profile in communications, media and journalism. The successful applicant will have a research interest in the factual news media and a background in any one of the following disciplinary fields: sociology, politics, law, social geography, history, cultural studies, anthropology, social psychology or communication studies.

The candidate must be keen to contribute to the department's Communication, Media and Journalism research group as well as be open to collaborating with colleagues in the department and more widely across the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University.

The successful applicant will make a major contribution to teaching on our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, with the potential to take the lead on programme co-ordination, and module co-ordination and development. We would particularly welcome applicants who will be able to contribute to our MA courses in Global Journalism and International Public and Political Communication in the areas of media freedom and public communication. Experience of teaching media campaigns would be advantageous, although not essential.

Applicants should make clear how their research will contribute to the department's research environment and how they can contribute to its teaching portfolio.

This post is full time on an open-ended contract. The closing date for applications is 2 October 2019.

Learning and Teaching Manager

This is an important role in the strategic development of professional administrative support for learning and teaching across the Department of Journalism Studies. Working with the Department Manager, the director of learning and teaching and academic staff, you will contribute to the strategic development and implementation of learning and teaching strategies, policies and procedures. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring all administrative and procedural aspects of learning and teaching administrative support are fit for purpose. You will also be responsible for line management of the learning and teaching professional services team.

Reporting to and working closely with the Department Manager, you will have overall management responsibility for processes and activities directly affecting learning and teaching administration for the department.

This post is full time on an open-ended contract. The closing date for applications is 23 September 2019.

  • For informal enquiries about this job and the department, or for administration queries and details on the application process, contact Georgina Gear on or on 0114 222 4257
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