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Full Professor Job in Political Communication and Journalism at Uni of Amsterdam, Netherlands 2022

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Full Professor Job in Political Communication and Journalism is available for doctoral degree candidates in Communication Science or in a related social behavioral science at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

The job profile is Full professor (Hoogleraar), based on the university job ranking system.

You act with attention to quality, integrity and creativity, and:

  • have a PhD, preferably in Communication Science or in a related social behavioral science;
  • have a broad knowledge of communication science in general, and political communication and journalism in particular, as for example shown in previous research and teaching activities;
  • have a profound knowledge of, and a strong research track record and experience in, one but preferably multiple specific topics that are related to Political Communication & Journalism,
  • have affinity with innovative research methods and are able to devise novel research designs to study antecedents, contents, and consequences of political communication & journalism within digital information environments;
  • are a recognized authority and experienced teacher and researcher in topics that fit with the Political Communication & Journalism curriculum and research program;
  • have a strong empirical-analytical research profile;
  • have a strong publication record as proven by publications in prominent journals in communication science, journalism studies or adjacent fields;
  • have a good record of acquiring (individual and/or collaborative) research grants;
  • demonstrate successful coaching of junior faculty, including research grants;
  • conduct research that has a proven impact on society and has an agenda for the valorization of communication science in society;
  • have successfully completed (co) supervision of at least 2 PhD candidates;
  • speak English and Dutch fluently or are willing to learn Dutch;
  • are willing to commit to the further development of open science and other research practices that enhance the validity and replicability of research results;
  • have a network and/or is an active member in the global communication science community or related communities;
  • show good leadership in education and/or research, have demonstrable experience in leading (parts of) a chair, teaching or research institute or capacity group and are able to guide change processes;
  • are capable of providing a stimulating teaching, research, and management role, for instance as member of the Management Team (Department Chair, ASCoR Director, and/or Director of the Graduate School or College).

Responsibilities/Job Description

Are you passionate about research and teaching? Do you specialize in the field of Political Communication & Journalism? We are searching for a Full Professor for this specialism.


The Full professor will be a member of the program group Political Communication & Journalism. This program is organized in two research lines. It focuses on changes in journalism, the digital context of journalism, and alternatives to institutionalized journalism. It considers how journalism and other (public) communication systems evolve over time, and studies the contents of journalism and public information provision. Our research also addresses normative and regulatory implications of the changing role of journalism, in particular the journalistic approach to and coverage of politics.


A second line of research focuses on the contents, usage and effects of political communication. A central question is how citizens, organizations, and institutions use media and communication to become informed about public affairs and to participate in them. It is a starting point that citizens have become ‘critical consumers' also in the realm of politics and this affects their information seeking behaviour as well as the use and effects of new information.


Research and teaching in this program often have an internationally comparative orientation. Our theories address the core of democracy, so a major task of the program is to develop and test theories that help improve democratic processes.


The program group studies these processes within the context of an increasingly digitized society. The volatile context in which communication takes place and the fundamental challenges current societies face, relating to for example sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and democratic processes, serve as focal points of attention. Communication is of key importance in those challenges. Communication and its effects can both contribute to increasing these challenges, for example through disinformation, but also counter them, by effectively contributing to knowledge and awareness.

We are looking for a Full Professor that fits the research program of the program group of Political Communication and Journalism. We are particularly interested in candidates with a Journalism research profile, studying the impact digitalization and related phenomena have on journalistic practice, performance, and credibility, and the changing role of media in democracy. We also welcome candidates that are leading experts in other sub fields of Political Communication & Journalism.

The Department of Communication Science invites applications for a Chair Political Communication & Journalism. Start date negotiable. Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Communication Science offers a Bachelor's and several Master’s degree programmes, while its research is carried out at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research/ASCoR. Teaching in our Communication Science programmes is interdisciplinary and internationally oriented, offering tracks taught in both English and Dutch. As a Full Professor, you will be part of the program group of Political Communication & Journalism.

What are you going to do
The chair holder

  • is a leading expert in (one of the sub fields of) Political Communication and/or Journalism (candidates with a journalism studies profile are particularly encouraged to apply);
  • Is able and enthusiast to develop and lead a strong and visible research and teaching line, joining their own forces with the existing talent and expertise in the group;
  • is able to make important contributions to the development of the ASCoR research program by conducting, initiating and supervising research about Political Communication and Journalism;
  • has the quality and ability to organize and lecture in all curricula at the Bachelor, (research) Master, and PhD Level. The Master program and the Research Master programs are taught in English, the Bachelor program in English and Dutch. Teaching at the Bachelor level is considered an important part of the teaching tasks;
  • supervises and evaluates Bachelor theses and Master theses;
  • participates in committees, groups and projects;
  • plays a mentoring role for junior faculty in research, teaching, funding and impact;
  • fulfils management tasks;
  • has the capacity to develop a collaborative research agenda, obtain (individual and/or consortium-based) research funding, and complete research projects;
  • is qualified to manage academic teams, as well as to serve in the senior management positions in the Department, College, Graduate School and Research Institute.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8640

Application Procedure

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application no later than Monday 16 May. You may apply online by using the link.

Applications in one combined .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation (including a statement on research, teaching, and management visions);
  • a list of 4 references.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

The position is permanent. Tenure can be part of the negotiations or follow an initial temporary contract for maximum 1,5 years which, contingent upon positive evaluation and satisfactory performance, will be a permanent contract.


Starting date is negotiable.


The position concerns an appointment of 38 hours per week. Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €5.864 and a maximum salary of €8.539 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale H2, as per the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and end-of-year bonus and a good pension scheme. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.

What else do we offer

  • A position in which initiative and input are highly valued.
  • An enthusiastic and warm department that is open to new colleagues.
  • A stimulating research environment, in one of the leading departments in media and communication worldwide.
  • Teaching in diverse, multicultural, and engaged cohorts of students.
  • An inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.
  • Access to research funds to conduct studies and attend international conferences.

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Contact details

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Dr. Linda Bos, Program Group Director Political Communication & Journalism
  • E:  [email protected]

Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website.


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