Postdoc on the effects of news recommender systems in the media sector on citizens

Amsterdam (Stad), Noord-Holland (NL)
01 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoc on the effects of news recommender systems in the media sector on citizens

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Amsterdam School of Communication Research

Postdoc on the effects of news recommender systems in the media sector on citizens

Publication date
28 September 2020

Closing date
19 October 2020

Level of education

38 hours per week

Salary indication
€3,746 to €5,127 gross per month

Vacancy number

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), the research institute for the Communication Science department at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, is seeking a postdoctoral candidate for a joint project with the University of Zurich (IKMZ) as part of the Swiss National Research Programme on 'Digital Transformation' (NRP 77), led by Claes de Vreese, Sina Blassnig, and Frank Esser.

We’re looking for one postdoctoral researcher with a communication or social science background to work on the effects of news recommender systems in the media sector on citizens.

What will you be doing?
The postdoctoral researcher will:

  • collaborate in all phases of the project;
  • work in the broader NFP77 project team;
  • complete scientific papers on this topic;
  • contribute to the public debate, and organising outreach activities of the project;
  • contribute to fundraising activities.

What do we require of you?

  • A clear research interest in the topic of the project (preferably documented by publications and grant applications);
  • a relevant background in communication science or other relevant social science area like political science, sociology or psychology, with strong empirical methods training;
  • the ability, willingness, and commitment to do autonomous work in a multidisciplinary team, including communication scholars and data scientists;
  • experience with writing grant applications and project proposals;
  • experience with organising workshops, lecture series, and similar events;
  • strong communication skills and experience with speaking to relevant national and international policy forums and media;
  • an excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals (written and spoken command of other languages, like Dutch is a plus);
  • a relevant PhD degree. Candidates who are due to submit their dissertation before 1 January 2021 are welcome to apply.

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

Prof. Claes de Vreese
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Our offer
The position concerns a temporary employment contract of 38 hours for a term of one year, with a two year assumed extension following a positive evaluation.

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 appointment for a 38-hour working week, in keeping with scale 11, as per the  Collective Labour Agreement for 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 19 October 2020. Interviews will take place in week 46 (9 to 13 November).

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