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PhD Position in Communication Science, Organization Science, Management – UvA, Netherlands

The Netherlands, University of Amsterdam (UvA)

We are looking for an ambitious PhD Researcher for the three-year and two-months project “Contesting Media Legitimacy of Public Organizations: Construction, Change and Impact of Legitimacy Framing”. The PhD Candidate is embedded in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and is part of the Corporate Communication Program Group.

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: Apr 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 2434 to 3111 Euro/Month

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

You have:

  • a research master’s degree in Communication Science or in another discipline relevant to the project such as Organization Science, Management, Political Science, Societal Resilience, Public Administration, or Journalism Studies.  Candidates with another (research) master’s degree may apply, but should motivate why their experience suffices for this project.
  • experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods (interview, content analysis, experiment)
  • an excellent spoken and written command of Dutch (as this project will comprise conducting Dutch-language interviews and textual analyses of Dutch-language materials)
  • an excellent spoken and written command of English (as you will write an English-language dissertation and present at international conferences)
  • programming skills in R and/or Python, or the willingness to acquire these skills
  • the motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team.

You are:

  • passionate about research, particularly related to corporate communication
  • interested in working in a multidisciplinary team
  • open to feedback
  • able to work independently
  • eager to learn and to develop new skills
  • organized, flexible and have attention to detail

Responsibilities/Job Description

Media play a crucial role in shaping legitimacy perceptions of public organizations among societal stakeholders. This is particularly the case when the legitimacy of these types of organizations and their policies is challenged through news media coverage or social media. Due to an increasingly polarized and mediatized socio-political environment, public organizations struggle with public support and societal acceptance. In this project, you will investigate the role of media in the communicative construction of legitimacy framing of public organizations. Taken together, this project will provide more insights into the importance, communicative construction, communicative use, and impact of legitimacy framing of public organizations.

Methods used in the project range from quantitative (content analysis, experiment) to qualitative (semi-structured interviews). The PhD Candidate will write a paper-based dissertation and strive to publish the results of individual sub-studies in important journals in the field of communication science.

Tasks include:

  • completing an English-language PhD dissertation consisting of research articles within the appointment period;
  • conducting qualitative interviews with communication professionals from public organizations;
  • conducting a quantitative content analysis of media legitimacy framing of public organizations within Dutch media;
  • conducting an experiment on effects of different types of media legitimacy framing;
  • conducting data analysis
  • presenting the work at national and international conferences
  • spending 10% of your time on teaching-related tasks.

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Documents Required

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation
  • an English writing sample (e.g., a master thesis or other recent individual essay)

About the Project/Department

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute for the Communication Science Department in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

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.

About the Employer: University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Note or Other details

The planned start date is April 1st, 2022. The position concerns temporary employment of 1.0 fte (38 hours per week) for a maximum term of 3 years and two months. The initial employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of 26 months, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students.

Your salary will be €2434 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3.111 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

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

  • 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.

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