Postdoc Computational Communication Science

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Educational level:  PhD
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  1 February 2023
Vacancy number:  10977

Do you enjoy;

  • Engaging in cutting-edge methodological research as part of interdisciplinary team on pressing media effects questions? 
  • Participating in groups of internationally renowned scholars, and join peer networks, with many opportunities to engage and develop your career?
  • Being part of a state-of-the-art research, innovative in focus and approach?
  • Benefitting from a well-funded, future-oriented training and development programme, including personal-professional development? 


What are you going to do


Tasks include: 

  • Develop, conduct, and publish research, with a focus on methodology and research infrastructure, on how citizens encounter and interact with news and information online;
  • Contribute to the public debate and organise outreach activities related to the UvA Humane AI program and the national algosoc program;
  • Contribute to events, research meetings, and grants applications; 
  • Collaborate with other researchers; 
  • Help co-supervising research projects of students working on related topics.

What do we require

Your experience and profile:

  • A PhD degree in communication science, journalism, media studies, or related computational social science field;
  • A strong affinity with the digital / computational science methods and AI in the media themes;
  • Experience in working together with a team of people from different disciplines;
  • An excellent written and spoken command of English, for instance demonstrated by publications in English-language journals (written and spoken command of Dutch is a plus); 
  • The ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team; 
  • Interesting in having an active role in organising workshops, lecture series, and similar events.


If the vacancy appeals to you, but you are doubting whether you might be THE person we are looking for, please do apply.  We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, people with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in academia to apply. We are committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, inclusiveness, equal opportunities with room for situated experiences, diverse perspectives, and ideas to flourish. This commitment applies to our research, organisation, room for flexibility, training, and community activities as well as our hiring strategy.


Our offer

  • We offer an employment contract for 26 months full time (32 months in case of 20% teaching) with a probationary period of two months, preferably;
  • starting on June 1, 2023. The employment contract is for 38 hours a week. 


Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €3974  to €5439 gross per month (scale 11) on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.


The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.


What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


About the faculty


A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.


To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.



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Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume in 1 bundled PDF by February 1, 2023.

You may apply online by using the link below.


Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • names and contact details of 3 references.


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.


If you encounter Error GBB451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application. 


No agencies please.