University of Amsterdam (Communication Science)
Faculty/Services: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Educational level: PhD
Function type: Academic Staff
Closing date: 21 May 2023
Vacancy number: 11466
Are you passionate about research and teaching, specialized in the digital society or emerging media technologies in the context of marketing- or brand communication, and looking for a challenging job in a dynamic setting? We are looking for an Assistant Professor (evaluation for a permanent contract after 18 months).
The Department of Communication Science invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Persuasive Communication focusing on Marketing Communication in the Digital Society, starting between 21 August 2023 and 15 January 2024. As an Assistant Professor, you will be a member of the Persuasive Communication Group which is one of the four program groups in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. The Persuasive Communication program group addresses communication that is intended to achieve specific persuasive goals, as is the case in, for instance, marketing- and brand communication, health promotion, and public information campaigns.
The Persuasive Communication research group aims at studying factors that explain the development, reach, processing and effects of professional and consumer-generated messages in marketing- and health communication. We study how people use communication to fulfil their needs in commerce and health, how companies, providers and consumers communicate, and how this influences their attitudes, cognitions and behavior. Our work fits within the ASCoR Research programme. In the coming years, we aim to further understand the key challenges and opportunities that come with digitalization, AI and related developments such as personalization and fragmentation. Our research focuses on the challenges and opportunities it offers to individuals, including algorithmic persuasion, human-machine communication, and the increasing importance of influencers. For this position we therefore search for new colleagues who focus on topics that are central to digitalization like AI, algorithms, chat bots, voice assistants, VR, social media etc. The ideal candidate studies such topics in the context of marketing- and brand communication. Affinity or experience with using computational methods in your research is a plus.
Courses we teach in the Master’s are the specialization seminars marketing communication and health communication, and electives like brand communication, media strategies, digital analytics, brands and organizations on social media, persuasion & resistance, and persuasive design. In the Bachelor, we teach the domain module persuasive communication, elective courses about algorithmic persuasion, health communication and content marketing, and graduation projects in which students write their Bachelor thesis. PersCom colleagues are also involved in general communication science courses, and methods courses about experiments, survey, content analysis, or general statistics courses like statistical modelling. More information on these courses can be found here. Most of our courses are organized in tutorials or seminars of approximately 25 students, and are taught by a team of lecturers.
Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Communication Science offers a Bachelor’s and several Master’s degree programmes. With more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students, Communication Science is among the largest departments at the University of Amsterdam with an outstanding international reputation. The College of Communication and the Graduate School of Communication offer a Bachelor and Master program, a European joint degree program in Journalism and a Research Master, the only of its kind in the Netherlands. The teaching in our Communication Science program is interdisciplinary and internationally oriented, offering tracks taught in both English and Dutch. The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute for the Communication Science department, and formulated an ambitious Research programme. The Department is the home of the Communication and Digital Society Initiative, the Mis- & Disinformation Initiative, the Digital Communications Methods Lab and it participates in several of the University and Faculty Research Priority Areas.
What are you going to do
As an Assistant Professor (40% research 60% teaching), you:
What do you have to offer
The job profile is UD (universitair docent/ Assistant Professor), based on the university job ranking system.
You act with attention to quality, integrity and creativity, and:
What can we offer you
We offer a temporary full-time or part-time starting contract for the period of 1.5 years (1 year for internal candidates). Contingent upon positive evaluation and satisfactory performance, you will be offered a permanent contract (tenured) after the starting contract.
As a UD, you are eligible for a one-time start-up grant of 300,000 euros that you can use for scientific research.
Starting date is between 21 August 2023 and 15 January 2024.
Your salary will be €3974 and the maximum salary is €5439 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, in keeping with salary scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.
We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.
What else do we offer
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.
About the faculty
A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.
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Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 21 May 2023. You may apply online by using the link below.
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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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