Gepubliceerd op 11-03-2024

Assistant Professor in New Media Histories – University of Amsterdam

In the context of the sector plan for the Humanities titled ‘Tradition in transition’, the faculty currently has a vacant Assistant Professor position as part of the research theme Humane AI. Within this research theme the focus is on how data, platforms, and AI are involved in social, cultural, and economic change.

What are you going to do?
You will provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

The Department of Media Studies seeks an Assistant Professor in New Media Histories. Internet, web and more recently social media history have developed considerably since the early discussions of distributed networks, the end-to-end principle, and the idea that the ‘internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it’. Cyberspace, the metaverse and even data wrangling share similar literary origins, and this scholarship continues in varied forms including a revival of the study of imaginaries. There has been considerable interest in the historical materiality (and even in the colonial or parochialism) of the internet from the locations of root servers, the routes of underground cables and more recently the multi-polar, geopolitical splinternet. The historical data in web archives, together with their gaps and affordances, provide new historiographical avenues. The position concerns itself with the multiple ways in which to study the history of erstwhile ‘new media’.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • designing and conducting independent research on new media histories, resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the research activities of ASH;
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in both Dutch and English, in the Bachelor and Master programmes;
  • supervising Bachelor and Master theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed;
  • actively contributing to the interdisciplinary collaboration of the sector plan research theme Cultural Heritage and Identity.

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of new media history, familiarity with digital research methods, and a strong affinity with the study of web archives. Your research matches the profile of the ASH.

You are able to develop and provide modules on digital practices. Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD in the humanities or related field with a research focus on digital culture;
  • holds an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • provides research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • broad and relevant teaching experience at BA and MA level;
  • experience with digital and audio-visual teaching facilities and affinity with IT in university teaching;
  • experienced in valorisation and practice-based education and/or research;
  • good team player and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If you have not attained a UTQ you are required to start with the UTQ track upon commencement of your employment contract and obtain the certificate within three years of employment;
  • good command of Dutch and English. If you do not speak Dutch, an active and passive command must be acquired within the first two years of the employment contract and the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II must be passed.

We offer

We offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. If you already have an employment contract with the UvA, we offer permanent employment upon a satisfactory evaluation following a temporary employment contract of a maximum of 12 months. The employment is for 38 hours per week. Preferred starting date is 01 August 2024.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week, ranges between € 4332 (scale 11) to € 6737 (scale 12) dependent on relevant experience. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. Favourable tax agreements may apply to applicants moving from abroad. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

What else do we offer?

  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • attaining the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ);
  • the opportunity to participate in the Dutch as a Second Language programme II;
  • a position in which taking initiative and providing input are greatly appreciated;
  • an inspiring academic and international work environment in the heart of Amsterdam;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team.

If you have any questions about the position or the department, please contact during office hours:

Prof. Misha Kavka, m.kavka@uva.nl, Department Chair

Apply now!

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