Student-assistant "Conspiratorial Memory"

Updated: 4 months ago
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For the ERC research project Conspiratorial Memory: Cultures of Suspicion in Post-Socialist Europe, The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, and the Department of Literary Studies and Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, we are currently looking for an enthusiastic and independent student-assistant.

What are you going to do?

In your role as assistant, you will provide support for 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 Central and East European conspiracy cultures derive their interpretive logic and emotive force from narratives about the socialist past; and 2) to reveal the modes and media by which cultural imaginations of conspiracy circulate within and across national borders. The project zooms in on conspiracy culture from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus regarding three transnational events that are at the center of current international tensions. For more information on the project, and its three central case studies, see the project website: .

Tasks and responsibilities:

The assistant will

  • maintain the project website and social media accounts;
  • assist the team with project publicity;
  • provide administrative support for the project’s conferences, workshops and other events;
  • assist team members with the collection of research materials;
  • assist with the preparation of publications (e.g. formatting, adjusting reference systems, compiling bibliographies, making index term lists);
  • provide administrative assistance to the project leader (including financial management and reporting).

What do you have to offer?

You are well-organized and proactive. You are interested in contemporary Central and East European culture and media, and their relevance to current political debates. In addition, you have a social and cooperative attitude, and you thrive in a team setting.

Your experience and profile:

The successful applicant

  • is a student at a Dutch University until at least the Summer of 2024;
  • is an MA or BA student in the Humanities or Social Sciences. In the case of a BA student, the candidate has completed at least 60 EC of their Bachelor’s program by 1 September 2023.
  • has experience with organizational and administrative work;
  • has excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • has a high-level of proficiency in/understanding of at least two of the following languages: Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Russian.
  • has demonstrable IT and social media skills;

What can we offer you?

We offer a temporary employment contract for a period of 1 year with a probationary period of two months. Preferred starting date is 01 September 2023. The employment contract is for 7,6 hours a week.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between € 2402 to € 2611. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which your initiative and input are highly appreciated;
  • an enthusiastic team that welcomes new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international environment located in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

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.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Ilya Malafei

Job application

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.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file (not zipped), and uploaded in the required field ‘CV’ under the link below.

The application file should include the following:

  • a letter of motivation (max. 1 A4);
  • an up-to-date CV including all relevant experience;
  • transcripts for your BA programme (and MA programme, if applicable), listing the courses you have taken and the grades you have received.
  • name and contact details of one referee.

The deadline for applying for this vacancy is 09 June 2023.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the week of 19 June.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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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