Research Officer in the Study of Misinformation

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Humanities
Educational level:  Master
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  10 July 2022
Vacancy number:  9568

 

 

What are you going to do

 

You will join the Digital Media Lab, part of the new Humlabs, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. You will be a part of a research team working on digital methods within New Media & Digital Culture in the Department of Media Studies. You will work on vera.ai, a 3-year project funded by the European Union, Horizon Research and Innovation Actions. Your research focuses on misinformation, especially concerned with OSINT, or open source intelligence as well as digital methods. You will be expected to liaise with open source intelligence researchers, (data) journalists and practitioners, studying their methods and techniques. You will organize co-creation activities, learn and train users in software tools. You will author academic and professional articles and other project outputs.  

 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Design and develop research strategies to undertake open source intelligence analysis, using digital research methods, resulting in publications in academic journals and professional outlets;
  • Design and develop co-creation activities with open source practitioners and data journalists, resulting in project software documentation, how-to guides and training materials;
  • Actively co-organise Digital Methods Summer and Winter Schools and facilitating vera.ai projects;
  • Document the vera.ai project for the purposes of EU project reporting through the organization, coordination and reporting of regular project milestones.

 

What do you have to offer 

 

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher working on misinformation, digital methods, open source intelligence and/or data journalism, with academic training. Your background shows affinities with the study of digital media culture as well as digital research methodologies. You are familiar with co-creation activities and working in data sprints or similar formats. You are able to write up project descriptions and findings for academic and professional audiences.

 

Your experience and profile

  • holds an academic degree (MA/MSc) in the humanities or social sciences with a research focus on digital culture, digital research methods or affiliated area;
  • publishes academic articles and/or professional publications;
  • active and ambitious researcher with a publication record;
  • has demonstrable experience working with analytical software and open source intelligence tools;
  • good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of working in multidisciplinary teams of computational, information design and humanities or social science researchers;
  • has experience in co-creation activities such as data sprints or similar formats;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills.

 

Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome.

 

What can we offer you

 

The employment contract will be for one year. Contingent on a positive performance evaluation the contract will be extended with 2 years. Preferred starting date is September 1st 2022. The employment contract is for 38 hours a week.

 

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between € 2,818 to € 3,764. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

 

What else do we offer

  • Excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.
  • An enthusiastic, inspiring and professional academic team in the centre of Amsterdam.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that – partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach – are world renowned.

 

Disclaimer: contracting is subject to the signature of the grant agreement of the vera-ai project with the European Commission, which is expected to happen in the next coming months.

 

About us

 

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

 

The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong 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. Research and teaching staff focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and are active in several teaching programmes.

 

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

 

Questions 

 

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Job application

 

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the link below. Interviews will be held on 14 July.

 

Applications should be submitted in one .pdf and include:

  • a short piece of writing (no longer than 8.000 words);
  • a letter of motivation;
  • an up-to-date CV.

 

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

 

 

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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.

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