Lecturers in Communication Science
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Lecturers in in Research Methods and Statistics for Communication Science

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Educational level:  Promoted
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  22 August 2022
Vacancy number:  9666

Are you passionate about teaching research methods and statistics, and interested in empirical research questions that communication scientists face every day? Due to the global popularity of our Communication Science Bachelor and Master degree programmes, the Department of Communication Science is looking for several lecturers (D3) who can support our social-scientific research methods and statistics education.

The Department of Communication Science studies communication from a social and behavioral perspective. Research and teaching focuses broadly in 4 thematic areas:  political communication and journalism; entertainment communication; persuasive communication; and corporate communication. While qualitative methods are featured in our research and teaching, quantitative methodologies are particularly pronounced. Inasmuch, our education in our Bachelor and Master programme heavily features quantitative methods and analytic training so that our students are equipped to answer the most pressing communication science questions.

With more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students, Communication Science is among the largest departments at the University of Amsterdam with an outstanding international reputation. The College of Communication and the Graduate School of Communication offer a Bachelor program, including a minor track Communication in the Digital Society, a Master program, a European joint degree program in Journalism and a Research Master, the only of its kind in the Netherlands. The teaching in our Communication Science program is interdisciplinary and internationally oriented.

What are you going to do


  • teach research methods and statistics modules in the standing program of the Bachelor and Master of Communication Science in Dutch and/or English. The Master program is taught in English only. The Bachelor program has both a Dutch and an English track;
  • organize teaching for statistical/ methodological courses, in College and/or Graduate School.
  • might be scheduled for supervision and evaluation of Bachelor theses, Master theses and/or internships, depending on your teaching schedule, interests and skills;

What do we require

This is a teaching-only position, in which lecturers spend all their time on teaching and teaching-related tasks. The lecturer will be a member of one of our four program groups. In that regard, applicants should denote which program group best fits their scholarly interest in their application dossier.

As an ideal candidate, you:

  • have a PhD in Communication Science (preferable) or in one of the other behavioral or social sciences;
  • have a broad interest in teaching;
  • have prior teaching experience;
  • preferably have knowledge of one of the research and teaching areas of the Department of Communication Science;
  • have experience with and knowledge of (a variety of) research methods and statistics commonly employed in communication and other social sciences; teaching experience in research and methods and statistics is preferable;         
  • are willing to participate in committees;
  • have or are willing to obtain a teaching certificate (BKO);
  • have excellent command of spoken and written English and/or Dutch; Dutch language proficiency is a plus.

PhD candidates in their final phase are explicitly encouraged to apply.

Our offer

The position concerns an appointment of 24-38 hours per week (dependent on your preference). The lecturer position is scale 11 as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of € 3.974 and a maximum salary of € 5.439 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week. The position is temporary for one year; pending a positive evaluation and finances, a permanent contract is possible after the first year. The starting date is January 15, 2023 at the latest. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme, 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UvA offers excellent opportunities for professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and warm program group and department that is open to new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral 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 characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


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Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume, all in one pdf file by 22 August 2022 using the link below. In your letter, please indicate your experience with teaching research methods and statistics; and also indicate which programme group your scholarly background best aligns (Political Communication and Journalism; Entertainment Communication; Persuasive Communication; and Corporate Communication).

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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