Assistant Professor of Political Communication

VU University of Amsterdam Department of Communication Science


Our top-ranked Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for candidates in Political Communication with a background in Communication Science or related discipline. Is that you? Then we are curious to get to know you! Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam currently searches for an Assistant Professor in Political Communication. We seek candidates with expertise in political communication and/or journalism. Candidates with a focus on persuasion in politics are particularly encouraged to apply.

The assistant professor will be embedded in the Political Communication and Computational Methods Group at the department of Communication Science. Female and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply as we strive for optimal diversity in our team.

Your duties

The assistant professor:

  • conducts state of the art empirical research in political communication
  • will be active in acquiring external research funding
  • develops, coordinates and teaches bachelor and master level courses in communication science
  • can be asked to perform management tasks and to take part in various committees
  • can be involved in the supervision of Ph.D. students


  • a Ph.D. in Communication Science or a related discipline
  • strong research skills as shown in a solid publication record
  • extensive knowledge of and experience with quantitative and computational research methodologies
  • didactic qualities as proven by a Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO, basic teaching qualification at Dutch Universities), or experience with various teaching methods/skills, positive teaching evaluations combined with the willingness to acquire a BKO
  • fluency in Dutch and/or English; and the ability to teach in English at the C1 level or equivalent, or the willingness to acquire this level in the first two years
  • experience with (and preferably success in) applying for external funding

What are we offering?

A thriving position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3.821 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,230 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE. The job involves an Assistant Professor (UD2) position with a strong outlook for a permanent position after 18 months and transparent career perspectives thereafter. In the first two years, the time devoted to teaching and research is 50/50. Afterwards, the standard share is 65% teaching, 5% administration, and 30% research (also depending on grants acquired).

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with transnational immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 500 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

About the department

Over the past decade, the scientific field of Communication Science has changed profoundly due to the continuous emergence of new media technologies and the rise of a media-saturated digital society, new empirical research methods, and new dynamic communication routes. The department of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam responds to these major trends with an educational program (BA/MA) that teaches Communication Science within a “digital society” framework, and that trains related skills (e.g., on data and computational methods) and knowledge (e.g., on digital marketing) using timely and innovative teaching methods. The department also responds to these major trends by maintaining a pointed and forward-looking research program that is strategically focusing on the examination of Communication Choices, Content and Consequences (CCCC). The department holds a strong position in the field because it has clearly focused on newly emerging communication technologies and solid empirical methods ever since its foundation in 2003. The department maintains particular expertise in adapting psychological perspectives and computer sciences to the study of media. Researchers within the CCCC program are currently organized into three evolving research areas crucial to the discipline of Communication Science: Media Monitoring (focusing on computational methods, mostly in a political communication domain), Media Psychology (including work on experience and effects of Social Robotics and Virtual Reality), and Social Media (focusing on social media, mostly in a marketing, PR, and organizational communication context). The department has been ranked at a strong #10 of all departments/universities worldwide in the prestigious 2020 Shanghai ranking, the CCCC research program received excellent review scores in the last assessment, and the teaching program was positively evaluated and accredited in the last assessment (2018/2019).


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until June 6, 2022.. The first round of job interviews will be executed through Zoom and is planned for the beginning of June. Final candidates will be invited to a second round to meet department members (on campus) and provide a short presentation in front of the department (June 28). Afterwards, the hiring committee will take a final decision; contract negotiation should be concluded early July.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Margriet Schager/Sylvia Gielink
Position: secretaries Communication Science department
Telephone: +31205986854

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