Research Assistant and Ph.D. student position – media and telecommunications history

The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG), Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI-Lugano), Switzerland, invites applications for a research assistant and a Ph.D. student position in the area of media and telecommunications history.

We offer an opportunity to work on a research project (founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) on the origins of radiotelegraphy at European level. This projects aims to study the political, economic, and social construction of European wireless from the first international conference in which radiotelegraphy was considered (Berlin 1903) to the first in which radio broadcasting was definitely regulated (Washington 1927). A detailed description of the project proposal can be found here.

We are particularly interested in candidates with an interdisciplinary approach, that can combine different fields of research and possess a master degree in media studies, communication sciences, history, international relations, or geography. Fluency in written and spoken English is a must as well as basic knowledge of French and German.
The position is fully funded for a minimum of three years (contingent on satisfactory progress). During this period the appointee will undertake his/her doctoral studies and will have the possibility to interact with people within the Institute of Media and Journalism studying different fields of media research, from politics to economics, to consumption. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to join an international network of scholars in the field and to become a credible member of the university‘s community. The research activities will be carried out in different European archives, but the candidate should take residence in Lugano, Switzerland.


Please send your application, incl. detailed CV (with 2 references), university grade transcripts, and a letter of interest electronically to Gabriele Balbi,


The call is open until the position is filled, but envisaged to be appointed as soon as possible (the project will start in September 2014 and so applications will be considered from now to late June-early July 2014).

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