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Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Digital Humanities, Information Studies – Utrecht, Netherlands

The Netherlands

The Department of Media and Culture Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor with a profile in Digital Methods for Media Studies and Critical Data Studies – 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 18 Months
Salary: 3,821 and 5,943 Euro/Month

Department of Media and Culture Studies

Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for a candidate specialized in critical data studies and digital research methodologies for media and culture studies with experience in working with data. Specifically, we are looking for candidates who can contribute to research on governance, citizenship, and public values and other contemporary societal challenges in relation to the digitization, datafication, and algorithmisation of our culture and society.

As an assistant professor, you are able to develop and teach courses on digital methods, data mining, and data analysis, cultural analytics, algorithmic culture, and critical data studies, with a keen interest in ethical issues. You have practical experience in working analytically with (online) tools for collecting and analysing various types of data. We are specifically interested in candidates who additionally have (basic) knowledge of, and experience with, programming languages (e.g. Python, R), machine learning practices (NLP, LDA etc.), and/or statistics and mathematics.

We are looking for someone who is committed to furthering new and innovative developments in academic research and teaching, and to participating in interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships within and beyond the university. The ideal candidate meets the following requirements:

  • You hold a PhD in the Humanities or in a field relevant for this position, with a research focus on new media and digital culture (e.g. Media Studies, Digital Humanities, Information Studies, Data Science).
  • You have relevant teaching experience on BA and MA level and in supervising individual thesis projects.
  • You are an active and ambitious researcher with output that reflects this.
  • You have ambition to obtain external research grants.
  • You have demonstrable ability and ambition in outreach, interprofessional collaboration, and challenge-driven education or research.
  • You are a strong team worker and capable of multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • You have experience in setting up and coordinating courses.
  • You have excellent organisational experience and skills.
  • You have acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or are willing to acquire this within the first two years.
  • You are fluent in English, preferably close to near-native standard. If you do not have a native command of Dutch you are expected to obtain NT2-level spoken and written Dutch within two years of appointment.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek a new colleague who is a dynamic researcher and teacher with a strong affinity for digital research methods and/or data science methods to critically examine the datafication of our culture and society.

We offer an inspiring research and teaching environment and foster innovative projects in research, teaching, and public engagement. We are seeking a new colleague to contribute to a critical and engaged perspective on processes of digitization, datafication, and algorithmisation of culture and society. For this, we work closely with various societal stakeholders.

Your research will be part of the research group Media & Performance Studies of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON). Moreover, this position offers you the possibility to collaborate with the Centre for Digital Humanities which hosts the Utrecht Data School and the Digital Humanities Lab, as well as with relevant players in media and cultural industries. It also offers possibilities to connect with Utrecht University’s Strategic Themes such as Institutions for Open Societies, Pathways to Sustainability, and Dynamics of Youth, and the Focus Areas such as Governing the Digital Society, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, and Applied Data Science.

As an Assistant Professor, you will teach courses on cultural data analysis and personalisation for (public) media, data visualization, and critical methods. You will participate in various bachelor's, master's and research master's programmes and you will collaborate with colleagues in (interdisciplinary) teaching teams. You will also be involved in the supervision of individual student projects such as internships and BA and MA theses. Moreover, we welcome your active contribution to the broader research agenda of media and culture studies and participation in research collaborations within the department and beyond.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Basic documents required for the application

About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Media and Culture Studies supports teaching and research in the fields of film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance and performance, gender and ethnicity, musicology and cultural policy. Culture is a dynamic mix of artistic, creative and everyday practices with which people shape their identities and actions, and within which societal structures and institutions take shape. Media (old and new) are crucial factors in these processes.

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Note or Other details

We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for the duration of 18 months. In case of a good performance, an indefinite employment is one of the possibilities. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,821 and €5,943 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, a minimum of 29 leave days per year (for a full-time appointment) and flexible employment conditions(multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact: dr. Sigrid Merx (Director of Education), via [email protected]

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