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The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is currently soliciting applications for the Iran Media Program Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Global Communication Studies.  The Iran Media Program Post Doctoral Fellow will help develop and manage existing research programs surrounding the Iran Media Program, develop his/her own independent research agenda in the area of Iranian media, and have the possibility of teaching one undergraduate course in this area during the Fall 2012 semester.

Annenberg’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) is a leader in international education and training in comparative media law and policy. The Center’s research and policy work addresses issues of media regulation, media and democracy, measuring and evaluation of media development programs, public service broadcasting, and the media’s role in conflict and post-conflict environments.

The Iran Media Program (www.iranmediaresearch.org) is a multi-component project with a collaborative network designed to enhance the understanding of Iran’s media ecology. The program seeks to use innovative approaches to understand the flow of information in Iran. Through a network of scholars and practitioners, the Iran Media Program aims to contribute to Iran’s civil society and the wider policy-making community by providing a more nuanced understanding of the role of media and the flow of information in Iran.

Applicants should hold postgraduate qualifications at PhD level or equivalent in a field related to communication, anthropology, cultural studies, law or policy, with a specific focus on contemporary Iran. Applicants should possess a track record of publishing in high quality international journals or other appropriate refereed publications, as well as teaching experience.  Experience in research proposal development and implementation of research projects is an advantage. This one-year position comes with a stipend of $50,000 and health insurance  $3,000 in travel and research support, office space with computer and telephone, and full access to the Penn library system. Annenberg welcomes domestic and international applicants.  To apply, please send an application package with CV, statement of interest, and a brief proposal for a research project related to the study of the Iranian media to iranmedia@asc.upenn.edu.  Research projects may expand existing research or propose new lines of inquiry. Please contact the same email address if you have any questions.  Application deadline: October 1, 2011 with a start date of January 2012.

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