Assistant Professor in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies


Assistant professor in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

Publication date 3 February 2020
Closing date 8 March 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-059

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strongly international profile in a large number of disciplines in the field of language and culture. Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Faculty maintains close ties with many cultural institutes in the capital city. Employees focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, are versatile and are prepared to teach in several programmes.

The Faculty of Humanities offers assistant professors the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that - partly as a result of their multidisciplinary approach - are world-renowned. Moreover, you will be teaching in a dynamic context in which new educational methods are being developed.

The Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities offers both depth and diversity in its approaches to the study of media, with a wide range of academic offerings and research interests. It is the largest department of Media Studies in the Netherlands and is consistently highly ranked in international rankings. Our fields of expertise include Film studies, Cross-media culture, New Media and Digital Culture, Information studies, Digital humanities, Journalism, Archival Studies, Globalisation Studies, and Digital Heritage.

The Department of Media studies is looking for an Assistant professor in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image who will bring to the position a relevant and innovative research agenda in the area of audiovisual and digital media archiving and exhibition.

Job description

The successful candidate will act as coordinator and teacher for the international, selective master programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, in addition to teaching film-, television- and/or cross-media-related courses in the bachelor programme in Media and Culture. The master in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image is one of the world’s leading programmes in audiovisual media archiving and exhibition and is taught in close collaboration with the national audiovisual archives and museums (including Eye Filmmuseum, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and LIMA platform for Media Art) and numerous other institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Within the department of Media Studies, the programme closely collaborates with the professional master programme Archival and Information Studies. The complete study programme can be found here.

The candidate is especially interested in the history, theory, practices and processes of preserving, archiving and exhibiting moving images and sound and has specific expertise on the conservation and restoration of audiovisual media in both analogue and digital archival workflows. The candidate’s research will be situated in the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition group) or the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (Digital Heritage group). In addition, the candidate may participate in the interdisciplinary research of the Faculty’s digital humanities research programme Creative Amsterdam and/or the University of Amsterdam’s Research Priority Area in Human(e) AI.

Tasks include:

  • coordinating the master’s program Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (0,1 FTE);
  • developing, coordinating and providing education within the bachelor's and master's in Media Studies in consultation with others, both in the field of audiovisual and digital media archiving and also within more general subjects of Media Studies;
  • supervising bachelor and master theses and possibly PhD research;
  • conducting scientific research in the field of the research group, leading to scientific publications and other forms of research output;
  • acquiring external funds for research projects;
  • integrating new research insights into education;
  • making an active contribution to the development and implementation of improvements in didactics and/or content of education;
  • performing administrative and management tasks.


  • PhD degree, or a set defense date that falls before the start of the contract, in the field of audiovisual and digital media archiving and preservation;
  • experience with research and excellent research skills, as evidenced by publications in leading scientific journals and collections;
  • experience with digital methods for media (historical) research;
  • some years of experience in university education at various levels and demonstrable didactic skills and qualities, evidenced by an education portfolio or the possession of a University Teaching Qualification;
  • experience in an academic position where research and education are combined;
  • experience with new methods of teaching (especially the use of digital technology and electronic learning environments in blended or distance learning);
  • willingness to develop an interdisciplinary profile in order to be able to participate in multiple areas of the Faculty's curriculum;
  • proven organizational skills;
  • enthusiasm, an interdisciplinary attitude, a strong team spirit and the ability to motivate team members;
  • flexibility, readiness to participate in interdisciplinary cooperation and multidisciplinary development;
  • thorough knowledge of Dutch and English; non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years.

Our offer

The employment contract is initially temporary for a period of two years. If the performance is positively assessed, the employment contract is then converted into an employment contract for an indefinite period. Commencement of employment contract is as soon as possible and no later than 1 August 2020.

The scope of the employment contract is 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE), of which 40% for research tasks and 60% for educational and other tasks. The UFO profile of university lecturer applies to this position (salary scale 11/12, depending on relevant work experience). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

Further information

For more information, please contact:

  • Prof. Jeroen de Kloet 

Job application

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.

You may send an application letter, including a detailed CV and publication list, up to 8 March 2020 (23:59 hours) via the link below. We only handle complete applications that we receive via this link.

The interviews will be held between 30 March and 8 April 2020. A trial lecture will be part of the application procedure. #LI-DNP

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