The Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany) and its User Research Lab are driving an international media research project in co-operation with the BBC World Service (London, UK).
They are looking for an ethnographer/media researcher based in Nigeria to coordinate their international long-term research project about news and media consumption. The project started one and a half years ago and consists of a network of eight countries with 30 participants. These participants, social media-savvy heavy news followers, document their news consumption into a digital media diary and are willing to take part in additional ethnographic research.

  • Manage their Nigerian network of participants
  • Motivate four participants to document their personal news consumption (participants receive a compensation)
  • Observe and interview participants, when necessary
  • Reflect on and compare participants’ news consumption with general news situation in Nigeria
  • Act as cultural broker, possibly translate some data
  • Answer short, specific questions from time to time
  • Write monthly reports (app. two pages)
  • Optional: Conduct three days of ethnographic research with four participants over app. two weeks on a breaking news event, including visual material and writing up
  • NOTE: This is not a full-time job.


  • Academically or professional trained ethnographer/media researcher/user researcher
  • A master’s degree/strong experience in media studies or anthropology a plus
  • Flexibility, due to the nature of breaking news events
  • Excellent English skills
  • Experience in digital and/or media ethnography/research a plus
  • Preferable based in Lagos


  • Start: September 1, 2013
  • End: March 2014

Salary: Please email the contact below for details
How to Apply

  • Attach your two-page resume to an email with relevant work experience/academic study to judith.muehlenhoff (at)
  • If you are currently engaged in fieldwork, please include a paragraph about the field and your research.

Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2013. Please note that we will choose a candidate as soon as we find someone suitable for the job.
To learn more about the User Research Lab, click here.