The University of Amsterdam invites applications for a Postdoc researcher position as part of the ERC-funded research project Conspiratorial Memory: Cultures of Suspicion in Post-Socialist Europe, at the Literary & Cultural Analysis department of the Faculty of Humanities, the Netherlands – Apr 2022
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Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: Computational Linguistics, Humanities, Social Science
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Jun 01, 2022
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: 3,561 EURO/Month
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You are passionate about developing innovative strategies for combining quantitative and qualitative research of (online) popular culture. You are interested in contemporary Eastern European culture and its connections to current political debates. In addition, you have a social and cooperative attitude, and you thrive in a team setting. You are curious and open-mined towards research traditions you are less familiar with.
Your experience and profile
- A PhD in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Computational Linguistics on a topic relevant to the project.
- Outstanding research qualities manifested in a high-quality PhD dissertation and (preferably) international peer-reviewed publications.
- Demonstrable interest in issues related to cultural memory and/or conspiracy theory.
- A track record in quantitative research into online media (including data collection and management, and automated content analysis).
- Excellent written and spoken English, and a high-level of proficiency in/understanding of at least two of following languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish.
- Team spirit and experience working in an interdisciplinary setting.
- Willingness to travel abroad for conferences and workshops.
- Proven organizational and administrative skills.
Experience with qualitative research methods – e.g. those used in cultural analysis, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology, communication science, or (online) ethnography – is a plus.
The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) currently has a vacant Postdoc researcher position as part of the ERC-funded research project Conspiratorial Memory: Cultures of Suspicion in Post-Socialist Europe, led by main researcher dr. Boris Noordenbos. ASCA is one of the five Research Schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.
What are you going to do
This postdoc position is embedded in the ERC-funded research project Conspiratorial Memory: Cultures of Suspicion in Post-Socialist Europe. The aims of the project are 1) to determine to what extent Eastern European conspiracy cultures derive their interpretive logic and emotive force from (conflicting) narratives about the socialist past; and 2) to reveal the modes and media by which memory-based imaginations of conspiracy circulate within and across national borders. For more information on the project and its three central case studies see the project website.
Building on the qualitative research of the project’s two PhDs, the Postdoc employs quantitative methodologies and focuses on the most widely used online platforms in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Analysing images, videos, comments and discussions, the Postdoc researches the historical connections and emotional attitudes cultivated in online conspiracy culture, as well as the (transnational) circulations in which conspiracy-based stories and images are involved.
The Postdoc’s research includes the following:
- identifying the most prominent discussion forums, groups and video channels for the expression of conspiratorial perspectives on each of the project’s three cases;
- collecting large volumes of data from these platforms (using for instance automated programmable interfaces and computational observation approaches);
- charting the references to historical events, phenomena and personalities, as well as the interpretative links made between historical and contemporary entities (e.g. through named-entity recognition, self-made gazetteers, and network analysis);
- detecting prevalent emotional attitudes towards key events, phenomena and personalities relating to each of the project’s three cases (using for example image classification and sentiment analysis);
- mapping and visualizing the circulations and interactions in which the most prominent expressions of ‘conspiratorial memory’ are involved.
Your tasks and responsibilities
- Conducting research and publishing a minimum of four articles/book chapters/conference proceedings (three of which peer-reviewed).
- Setting up and managing project data (while taking into consideration the project’s risk analysis, and complying to its data management plan).
- Participating in the meetings of the project, and closely collaborating with the two PhDs.
- Presenting research results at national and international workshops and conferences.
- Assisting with knowledge dissemination and with the organization of project workshops and conferences.
- Managing and maintaining the project website.
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8315
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. The deadline for applying for this vacancy is 4 April 2022.
Applications should include the following information (submitted in one pdf file):
- A letter, motivating your reasons for applying, and detailing why you are an excellent candidate for the position (no more than 1,000 words).
- A full academic CV, including a list of publications and an indication of language proficiencies.
- One relevant writing sample (totalling no more than 10,000 words).
- The names and contact details of two references who may be approached by the selection committee.
- A research statement of 1000-1500 words in which you outline your intended approach for this subject through one case: identify one online environment (e.g. a VKontakte community, a YouTube channel, a Facebook group) on a topic connected to one of the project’s three central cases. Explain:
- why/how your chosen case is relevant to the project;
- which data you would collect, in which quantities, and how;
- how you would analyze the intersections of memory and conspiracy in this particular case, using which methodologies;
- how you would present your findings, using which data visualization techniques.
Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.
The interviews will be held over Zoom on 14 April 2022.
About the Faculty
The Faculty of Humanities provides education and conducts research with a strong international profile in a large number of disciplines in de 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.
Note or Other details
The Postdoc researcher will be appointed at the Literary & Cultural Analysis department of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and will conduct the research at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. The employment contract will be for one year. Contingent on a positive performance evaluation the contract will be extended with two years. The employment contract is for 30,4 hours (0,8 fte) a week. The preferred starting date is 1 June 2022.
The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between €3,561 to €5,230. 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.
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