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The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute for the Communication Science department at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a communication or social science background to work on our project mapping and supporting digital competence across the Netherlands. The project is part of Project DIGCOM (PI: Jessica Piotrowski, PhD), funded by the Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties.

What will you be doing?

You will conduct research in ASCoR and will part of the Digital Communication Methods Lab. The research is group based in Amsterdam. You will be responsible for the execution of two large projects housed under the DIGCOM grant: namely, (1) developing and launching a multi-dimensional, longitudinal, across-the-lifespan, digital competence survey in the Netherlands and (2) the development and evaluation of digital competence training materials that are tailored for use with different populations across the lifespan.

You will:

  • develop and launch a longitudinal digital competence survey;
  • conduct (advanced) analyses to identify trends in digital competence, vulnerable groups, and detect change of time;
  • design and experimentally evaluate digital competence training programs for use with different cohorts of the Dutch population;
  • work in the broader Digital Communication Methods Lab;
  • collaborate with a PhD student on a topic with shared overlap;
  • complete scientific papers on this topic following the principles of open science;
  • contribute to the public debate, and organise outreach activities of the project, including presentations and communication with the funding agency (MinBZK) and with shared partners in an effort to support project valorization.

What do we require of you?

  • A clear research interest in the topic of the project (documented by publications and/or grant applications);
  • a relevant background in communication science or other relevant social science area such as sociology or psychology, with strong empirical methods training;
  • the ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary atmosphere;
  • experience with organising workshops, lecture series, or other events that facilitate knowledge dissemination and valorisation;
  • strong communication skills and experience with working with partners within and outside academia;
  • excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals (written and spoken command of Dutch is a plus);
  • a relevant PhD degree.

Further information

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Our offer

The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours per week for a term of one year. If the candidate proves suitable, barring unforeseen organisational developments and assuming sufficient FTE availability, we intend to extend the term of employment with one year.

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,746 and a maximum salary of € 5,127 gross per month based on a full-time employment contract for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale [11], as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development. 

What else can we offer you?

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural 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 characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV and cover letter.

You may apply online by clicking on the link below. 

The deadline for applications is 7 December 2020. Interviews will take place on 16 December 2020.

Ideal starting date is 1 January 2021 or shortly thereafter.
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