Postdoctoral Researcher Misinformation Effects and Policies

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Do you want to be part of a vibrant communication science research community at the University of Amsterdam?  We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a profile in communication science who is interested in empirical research *and* policies on mis/disinformation.

The University of Amsterdam is a hub for exciting communication research: in the AI, Media and Democracy Lab, the Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, the BENEDMO lab, and in the UvA led national research program Public Values in the Algorithmic Society.  Research themes center on effects of  disinformation, AI driven changes to journalism and news, changing roles of social media platforms in news provision.

For this position, we are looking for a postdoc to work with a team in the BENEDMO lab consisting of Marina Tulin, Michael Hameleers and Claes de Vreese

What are you going to do

You will/tasks:

  • Develop, conduct, and publish research on effects of disinformation and evolving policies around disinformation;
  • Present at (inter)national conferences;
  • Contribute to the public debate and organise activities;
  • Contribute to events, research meetings, and grant applications;
  • Support research in the BENEDMO hub and wider EDMO network;
  • Collaborate with other researchers.

What do you have to offer

If the vacancy appeals to you, but you are doubting whether you might be THE person we are looking for, please do apply. We encourage all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, people with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in academia to apply. We are committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, inclusiveness, equal opportunities with room for situated experiences, diverse perspectives, and ideas to flourish. This commitment applies to our research, organisation, room for flexibility, training, and community activities as well as our hiring strategy.

Your experience and profile:

  • A PhD degree in communication science, journalism, or related social science field;
  • A strong affinity with digital communication / computational social science methods and an interest/ affinity with (disinformation) policies;
  • Affinity with or interest in a lab-based, team research setting;
  • An excellent written and spoken command of English, for instance demonstrated by publications in English-language journals; 
  • Working knowledge of Dutch language is an advantage but not a requirement;
  • The ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team; 
  • Interest in in having an active role in organizing work for the executive board, workshops, lecture series, and similar events.

What can we offer you

The position concerns (temporary) employment of [32-38] for a maximum term of 30 months following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events.

Depending on your experience, the gross monthly salary based on full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €4.332. up to a maximum of €5.929 (salary scale 11). per month based on a 38-hour working week, 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.

What else do we offer

  • 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.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

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.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


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Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume in one .pdf by 15 APRIL 2024

Applications in 1 bundled .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • names and contact details of 3 references.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews within 2 weeks after the closing date.

Interviews will take place in May 2024.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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