Assistant Professor Health Interactions with tenure track to Associate Professorship

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Assistant Professor Health Interactions with tenure track to Associate Professorship
  • Doctorate
FTE: 1

Job description

The Language and Communication chair group at the Faculty of Humanities is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Health Interactions. Our research and teaching are focused on the interplay of language, interaction and communication. We are looking for someone to further advance the group’s interaction-analytic research and teaching on matters of health and illness, more specifically on how participants negotiate meaning in real-life medical and other health care contexts. Research settings include primary care interactions, consultations on vaccination, dietary advice, patient vlogs, and mental health support groups. The selected candidate will obtain external research funding, coordinate research projects and (co-)supervise PhD candidates. S/he will help develop, and coordinate the new international master track Dialogue for a Healthy Society. The track focuses on fundamental interaction-analytic research so as to facilitate and evaluate different forms of dialogue in the health domain. The new assistant professor is familiar with different theoretical and methodological research traditions, including the quantitative analysis of larger data sets. S/he is interested in interculturality, gender diversity and inclusive organisations and knows how to connect these themes with dialogue practice and practitioners.

Your duties
  • teach on the international Bachelor program Communication and Information Studies (CIS): Language and Media, including courses on conversation or discourse analysis
  • help develop, coordinate and teach on the Master program CIS: Dialogue for a Healthy Society, including a course on medical and health care interactions
  • acquiring, leading and managing internationally cutting-edge research projects in the field of Health Interactions
  • building (inter)national networks, both with other universities and research institutes, and, for example, hospitals and (inter)national health organizations


  • completed PhD-thesis in Conversation Analysis, Discursive Psychology or Communication Science with a strong interaction-analytic emphasis
  • proven track record of independent research, as demonstrated by publications in high-ranked, peer-reviewed journals focused on interaction-analytic research
  • proven ability to use and combine different research methodologies, including quantitative analysis of larger data sets
  • demonstrable success in obtaining external research funding
  • demonstrable teaching excellence, and preferably teaching experience on bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s levels
  • university teaching qualification (BKO), or being committed to obtain this qualification in the first year of the appointment
  • experience in coordinating and leading a research group, and (co-)supervising PhD-students
  • the candidate is highly proficient in spoken and written English and is preferably a native speaker
  • socially skilled and an outspoken team player

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €4,406 (scale 12) and a maximum €5,656 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

We offer a position for an initial period of 5 years starting as Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale 12) with as end goal a permanent contract as Associate Professor level 2 (salary scale 13). Within this period tenure can be achieved if the faculty criteria for promotion to associate professor level 2 are fulfilled. During the tenure-track, the performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and acquisition of prestigious personal grants or equivalent project funding. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

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
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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 Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.

About the department
The Department of Language, Literature and Communication is responsible for the bachelor and master programmes in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS; both international and in Dutch). The chair of Language and Communication (accommodating the candidate) is responsible for several specializations in the CIS programmes, including the Bachelor’s programmes Media en Journalistiek (together with the Journalism chair), and Language and Media (together with the English Linguistics chair), and the Master’s programmes Schrijven en Vertalen (together with the English Linguistics chair), and Taal en Communicatie in Organisaties. The chair of Language and Communication comprises researchers of all kinds of discourse analysis, including conversation analysis, experimental text and stylistics research, and corpus analysis. It strives to become internationally leading in both education and research of language and communication.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 5 July 2020. The job interviews are planned for 10 July 2020. If possible, please take this into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. H.F.M. te Molder
Position: Professor Language and Communication


Name: Dr. L. Lagerwerf
Position: Associate Professor Language and Communication

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