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).

Three postdoctoral positions in France Paris Nanterre LABEX – the past in the present: history, patrimony and memory

The cluster of excellence (labex) Pasts in the present : history, heritage, memory opens one-year postdoctoral positions. The postdoctoral positions are inscribed in the themes and projects of the cluster. For each of these full-time contracts, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to develop during part of his/her working time (1/3 max) a personal research project related to the themes of the labex Pasts in the Present.

Internship – Film Archive Intern, Yale Film Study Center

The Yale Film Study Center seeks a Film Archive Intern to work in the FSC’s
film archive under the direction of the Archive & Special Collections
Manager. Primary duties include film inspection, inventory, and cataloging,
as well as special projects pertaining to individual collections within the

Duties and Responsibilities:

. Inspecting archival materials, including 16mm and 35mm prints and
negatives, as well as audio elements.
. Cataloging print and pre-print elements in the archive’s FileMaker Pro
database, collecting data including condition notes and provenance
information, as well as researching other relevant information if necessary.
. Inventorying, re-housing, and labeling incoming collections.
. Correlating acquisition information among paper records, the film
collection database, and elements on hand.
. Working and communicating with Film Study Center staff on
collection-related activities.

Qualifications and Requirements:

. Experience in the operation of film handling and editing equipment as well
as film viewing equipment.
. Working knowledge of film history and technology.
. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with
Film Study Center staff.
. Ability to lift at least 25 lbs. and retrieve items from shelves.
. Degree (or current enrollment) in a moving image archive studies program
or equivalent preferred.
. Experience in using FileMaker Pro or similar database preferred.

The internship is a ten week-long, paid position, though the job does not
cover costs of relocation or housing. The internship will run from June 2 to
August 8, 2014.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume via email to by Friday, April 18, 2014.

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