Assistant Professor in Youth and Media Entertainment
University of Amsterdam Department of Communication Science

Assistant Professor in Youth & Media Entertainment

Publication date 16 February 2021

Closing date 1 April 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-106

The Department of Communication Science invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Youth & Media Entertainment, starting in September 2021.

Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Communication Science offers a Bachelor's and several Master’s degree programmes, while its research is carried out at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCOR). Teaching in our Communication Science programmes is interdisciplinary and internationally oriented, offering tracks taught in both English and Dutch. As an assistant professor, you will be part of the program group of Youth & Media Entertainment.

What will you be doing?

The new assistant professor will participate in the program group of Youth& Media Entertainment. Teaching is conducted in the field of Entertainment Communication, taking a media psychological approach to explain how individual differences influence media preferences, media responses, and media effects. Here media is conceptualized broadly and includes a strong focus on digital media and emerging technology. Coursework in the bachelor track includes courses such as the domain-module Entertainment Communication and special topic course Emerging communication technologies and their impact on us and society while courses in the Master track include courses such as Developing Media Entertainment, Clashing Views on Media Effects, and Digital Media Lifestyles. Research is closely linked to teaching, yet the focus is more closely on the relationship between youth and media entertainment, with particular attention to differential susceptibility in the new media space

Our new colleague will:

  • teach courses in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, particularly in the field of Entertainment Communication;
  • supervise internships, bachelor theses, and master theses;
  • conduct research within the group Youth & Media Entertainment of the ASCoR research program;
  • be active in grant acquisition and collaborate with stakeholders;
  • participate in committees, groups and projects in the program group Youth & Media Entertainment.

What do we require of you?

You have:

  • a PhD in communication science or a related discipline;
  • strong knowledge of communication science as proven by previous academic activities and publications in international peer-reviewed journals; publications in top-communication journals is a plus, but not required;
  • a strong empirical-analytical research profile that fits in the Youth & Media Entertainment research program; good statistical skills, e.g. experience with longitudinal data and multilevel model experience;
  • an interest in topics associated with the digital society, digital entertainment, or communication technology (or a related field), and the implications of these topics for young audiences; experience with computational or digital methods of data collection is preferable;
  • teaching experience, specifically experience in general Communication Science courses as well as courses specific to the domain-course Entertainment Communication (taught in the Bachelor);
  • the Master programs and part of the Bachelor program are taught in English, as such, evidence of English proficiency in the form of publications, presentations, or for example, research-visits to English-speaking institutions should be demonstrated;
  • willingness to engage in departmental or University committee-based work;
  • the qualities and plans to apply for competitive grants; demonstrated grant-writing experience is a plus;
  • a relevant network in Communication Science.

What can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is an active participant in a diverse, international community. Our goal is for you to feel at home here, regardless of your background, race, orientation and/or beliefs.

Further information

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Prof. Jochen Peter

Would you like to learn more about working at the University of Amsterdam? Visit our website. 

Our offer

The position is a temporary appointment for a term of two years. If a candidate proves suitable, barring unforeseen organisational developments and assuming sufficient FTE availability, we intend to offer a permanent employment contract.

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,746 and a maximum salary of €5,826 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38 hour working week (in keeping with scale 11 or 12, as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV and cover letter that addresses the requirements above, including future plans and ideas. You can apply online by clicking on the following link.

The deadline for applications is 1 April 2020.

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