Associate Professor in Media Studies

University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies


Associate professor in Media Studies

Publication date 22 January 2020
Closing date 8 March 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €5,039 to €6,738 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-033

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 verifiably broadly deployable and are prepared to be deployed in several teaching programmes.

The Faculty of Humanities offers associate 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.

Together with other new associate and assistant professors you will participate in a comprehensive introductory programme. Additional didactical training is also part of the contract. Based on the candidate's educational portfolio, previously acquired competences will be taken into consideration.

The Media Studies department 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.

Job description

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding teaching and research profile in one of the subfields of Media Studies, including but not limited to the areas mentioned above. The candidate will be able to teach introductory courses in one of our BA programs (Media & Culture or Media & Information), as well as more specialized courses at the MA level. The candidate's research will be situated within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, which is dedicated to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of contemporary culture (in all its forms and expressions) from a broad humanities perspective. The candidate's research vision should preferably connect to one or more of ASCA's research constellations (Mediality, Arts & Aesthetics, Globalization and Migration, Identities, Cultural & Social Critique), and to the university-wide Global Digital Cultures Research Priority Area, with possible foci including but not limited to regional and local media cultures, media & migration, international media production cultures, global and local fan and user communities, or materialities of global media.


  • PhD in the field of Media Studies or other relevant field;
  • outstanding experience in research and outstanding research skills, evidenced by publications in international, refereed academic journals and academic books;
  • experience with writing research projects through government funding bodies, non-governmental foundations and/or the private sector;
  • proven affinity with interdisciplinary research within and beyond the humanities;
  • at least twelve years of teaching experience at various levels of university education; demonstrable didactic abilities and/or training, evidenced by a teaching portfolio;
  • experience in an academic position where research and teaching are combined on a senior level;
  • experience with new methods of teaching (especially the use of digital technology and electronic learning environments); sound knowledge of ICT developments in the field;
  • willingness to develop in an interdisciplinary capacity in order to be able to participate in multiple areas of the Faculty's curriculum;
  • capable of functioning at all levels in more than one programme of study;
  • experience in supervising PhD research;
  • proven leadership qualities; experience in administration, organisation and coordination of university education and research; must be prepared to take on administrative roles;
  • 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 contract will be for 38 hours a week. The initial contract will be two years. Depending on teaching evaluations and professional assessment, tenure will be granted after two years. The gross monthly salary will range from €5,039 (scale 13) to €6,738 (scale 14), based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week). The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Further information

  • Prof. Jeroen de Kloet, Chair of the Department of Media Studies

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.

Your application should include a full academic CV and letter of motivation. Please submit your application no later than 8 March 2020 using the link below. #LI-DNP

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