Postdoctoral Researcher in Communication Science: Youth and News

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 03 Mar 2024

27 Jan 2024
Job Information

Radboud University
Research Field

Cultural studies
Language sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

3 Mar 2024 - 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Are you interested in the ways youth can navigate in the overwhelming, rapidly changing news media landscape, and how we can teach children to cope with negative news and recognise fake news? Then join Radboud University as a postdoc of communication science. In our stimulating environment with excellent facilities, you will have the freedom and autonomy to shape your career.

The department of Communication Science at Radboud University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to further strengthen its research programme and contribute to its educational programme.

The research for this position (80%) will contribute to the theme of Youth and News. In a time of rapid, often irreversible developments in society, resilience of youth is an important theme. Children and adolescents growing up today will shape tomorrow's world. They need to find their way in today's complex society and that does not come naturally. It takes resilience to maintain a positive development in cooperation and interactions with others. Within Communication Science, we particularly focus on the interaction with media in this regard. In particular, we focus on news media as agents of socialisation. Topics we study include how youth can navigate in the overwhelming, rapidly changing news media landscape, how we can teach children to cope with negative news, and how youth can be empowered to recognise and combat fake news. In this way, we investigate how we can empower youth to become more responsible, resilient news consumers. In this project it is likely that we will seek cooperation from Dutch media companies.

The teaching part of this position (20%) will be embedded in the study programmes of Communication Science (Bachelor’s and Master’s). Currently some 450 students are enrolled in the study programmes of Communication Science These programmes focus on questions concerning the production, content, uses, and effects of mediated communication, with an emphasis on positive and innovative communication science. We also spend significant time on the professional development of students. Autonomy-supportive teaching is the basic principle in our teaching, and we encourage staff members to use innovative teaching and assessment methods. The majority of the courses in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes are taught in Dutch.

Your research should be of high quality and should align with the theme described above: Youth and News. It should also fit within the BSI's Communication and Media research programme.

You will be expected to perform and publish high-quality research, collaborate with researchers from the Communication and Media research group, and ideally also with BSI’s other research groups, and with external scholars. Lastly, you will contribute to the study programmes of Communication Science and become an inspiring member of our staff.

Specific Requirements
  • You hold a PhD degree in Communication Science or a related field.
  • You have a good track record in scientific research as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • You are experienced in applying research practices that increase transparency in social science, such as pre-registration or data-sharing, or are willing to adopt such an approach.
  • You have knowledge of, and are familiar with, diverse and advanced research methods and techniques.
  • You possess good social, communication and organisational skills and are a team player.
  • You have experience with teaching at an academic level.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English (C1 level).

Additional Information
  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €4,332 and a maximum of €5,929 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services . Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions . You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Selection process

You can apply until 3 March 2024, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Prof. Mariska Kleemans. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
  • Two key publications/manuscripts in progress.
  • Teaching evaluations of your contributions to two recent courses.

The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 18 and Friday 22 March. You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.

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Additional comments

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Mariska Kleemans, Professor of Youth, News and Education, at [email protected] .

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Radboud University
Postal Code
6525 XZ
Houtlaan 4

Where to apply



Houtlaan 4
Postal Code

6525 XZ


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