Gepubliceerd op 24-01-2017

Vacature: Postdoctoral researcher in Digital Methods (Deadline 13 February)

Media Studies is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work in the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI), an internationally prominent group of scholars working on research approaches to the study of natively digital objects and devices. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to work closely with the director of DMI (Prof. Richard Rogers) as well as a PhD candidate (to be appointed) on a European project concerned with Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Space (ODYCCEUS). The project fits with the overall concerns of digital methods in developing techniques to study the circulation of substance and urgency in social media across multiple European and transnational issue spaces such as migration, right-wing populism and climate change. 

The postdoc would be affiliated with the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), one of the six research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR). ASCA is home to more than 110 scholars and 120 PhD candidates, and is a world-leading international research school in Cultural Analysis. ASCA members share a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary framework and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates.

Project description
The Postdoctoral researcher would be appointed to work with the Digital Methods Initiative on the European Project, Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Space. Social media, online news and the comment space are having far-reaching effects on the manner in which individuals and communities communicate, organize and express themselves. Can the information circulating on these platforms be tapped to better understand and analyze the enormous problems facing our contemporary society? Could this help us to better monitor the growing number of social crises due to differences in culture and diverging world-views? Would this allow an early detection and perhaps even ways to resolve conflicts before they lead to violence? These are the main questions of the European Project, Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Space (ODYCCEUS).


  • A PhD degree in the humanities or social sciences;

  • excellent written and spoken English;

  • demonstrable research experience in digital culture;

  • technical skills in working in digital environments and with analytical software;

  • outstanding research qualities manifested in a high-quality PhD dissertation and publications;

  • ability and willingness to carry out empirical research;

  • keen interest in interdisciplinary research methods and approaches;

  • ability and willingness to work in a team;

  • willingness to travel abroad for project work and conference presentations;

  • complete two publications per year;

  • contribute to the organization of project-related research activities and events such as the Digital Methods Summer and Winter Schools;

  • assist in teaching activities, if needed and

  • collaborate with artists, nongovernmental organizations and activist groups in project-related activities. 

Further information
For more information on the research project and the selection procedure, please contact:

The selected Postdoctoral researcher will be appointed part-time (24 hours per week) for a period of 3 years at the at the Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. The intended starting date is 1 April 2017. The appointment is initially for a period of one year; contingent on satisfactory performance (completion of an academic journal article) it will be extended by a maximum of 2 years, leading to the completion of a monograph and at least two articles over the course of the entire Postdoc. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €3,193 during the first year to €3.671 during the third year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applications should include, in a single PDF file:

• a detailed letter of intent stating your motivation for this position;

• a full academic CV including a list of publications;

• a preliminary proposal including research questions, theoretical approaches, objects of analysis, methodologies, most important literature and time planning (maximum 2,000 words), ideally related to the issues of migration or populism;

• two relevant writing samples (totaling not more than 20,000 words).

Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide a two relevant writing samples (totaling not more than 20,000 words).

Please submit your application to asca-fgw@uva.nl no later than 13 February 2017, stating vacancy number 17-022 in the subject line of your application. The subject of the email message and the attachment must consist of the text ‘applicant’s last name’ and ‘DMIpostdoc’.


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