Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Communication Science (UD)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Communication Science (UD)
  • Doctorate

The Department of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, a vibrant department with excellent teaching services and top-ranked research performance, is looking for applications to two new assistant professor (UD2) positions that combine knowledge on political communication (position A), respectively marketing, PR, and organisational communication (position B), with expertise on computational methods. 

Job description

The two assistant professors will be involved in teaching and research on a tenure track contract of four years, starting in September 2020. If the tenure track is successfully completed, the candidates are promoted to a permanent position from assistant professor 2 to as assistant Professor 1.

More specifically, the department aims to hire two assistant professors with a strong track record in applying computational methods to the analysis of communication.
  • For position A, we prefer a candidate with a background in political or public communication, preferably with a background in visual analysis and/or online experiments.
  • For position B, we prefer a candidate in marketing or corporate communication, preferably with a background in data-driven marketing or analytics.

The assistant professor...

  • conducts state of the art empirical research in their respective fields;
  • will be active in acquiring external research funding;
  • develops, coordinates and teaches bachelor and master level courses;
  • can be asked to perform management tasks and to take part in various committees;
  • can be involved in the supervision of PhD-students.


  • a Ph.D. in Communication Science or a related discipline;
  • strong research skills as shown in a solid publication record (for entry UD level);
  • good knowledge of and experience with quantitative and computational research methodologies, additional skills in designing surveys and experiments is a plus;  
  • didactic qualities as proven by a Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO, basic teaching qualification at Dutch Universities), or experience with various teaching methods/skills, positive teaching evaluations combined with the willingness to acquire a BKO;
  • fluency in Dutch and/or fluency in English; and the ability to teach in English at the C1 level or equivalent, or the willingness to acquire this level in the first two years;
  • experience with (and preferably success in) applying for external funding.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a societal engaged organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3.637 (scale 11.0) and a maximum €4.978 (scale 11.11), depending on your educational level and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system (UFO) and is vacant for 1.0 FTE. The job involves a tenure track from assistant professor 2 to a permanent position as assistant professor 1 in four years’ time.

In the first year, the time devoted to teaching vs. research is 50/50 – based on a successful internal proposal this will be extended to also the second year. Afterwards, the standard share is 70/30.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a good evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance).

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with illegal immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.

About our department
Over the past decade, the scientific field of Communication Science has changed profoundly due to the continuous emergence of new media technologies and the rise of a media-saturated digital society, new empirical research methods, and new dynamic communication routes. The department of Communication Science at the VU Amsterdam (see our staff here) responds to these major trends with an educational program (BA/MA) that teaches Communication Science within a “digital society” framework, and that trains related skills (e.g., on data and computational methods) and knowledge (e.g., on digital marketing) using timely and innovative teaching methods. The department also responds to these major trends by maintaining a pointed and forward-looking research program that is strategically focusing on an examination of Communication Choices, Content and Consequences (CCCC). The department is in a strong position in the field because it has clearly focused on newly emerging communication technologies and solid empirical methods ever since its start in 2003. The department maintains particular expertise in adapting psychology and computer sciences to the study of media. Researchers within the CCCC program are currently organized into three evolving research areas crucial to the discipline of Communication Science: Media Monitoring (focusing on computational methods, mostly in a political communication domain), Media Psychology (including work on experience and effects of Social Robotics and Virtual Reality), and Social Media (focusing on social media, mostly in a marketing, PR, and organizational communication context). The department has been ranked at a strong #16 of all departments/universities worldwide in the prestigious 2019 Shanghai ranking, the CCCC research program received very strong review scores in the last assessment, and the teaching program was positively evaluated and accredited in the last assessment (2018/2019).


Are you interested in one of the two positions? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and a short cover letter (indicating if you are applying for position A or B, and briefly motivating your application) until end of 15 May 2020.

The job interviews are planned for early June. Job interviews will be conducted either in Amsterdam at the VU or online via video conferencing, depending on the situation regarding the Corona outbreak and related official policies in June.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Sylvia Gielink
Position: Department secretary
E-mail: s.i.gielink@vu.nl

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