Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Journalism Studies (University of Groningen)

University of Groningen is looking for an Assistant Professor in Journalism Studies (1.0 FTE) (220117)

Application deadline: 26 April 11:59pm / before 27 April 2020 Dutch local time (CET)

More information

Job description

Excellent research assessments and growing student numbers enable the Department of Media Studies and Journalism of the University of Groningen to hire an assistant professor in Journalism Studies.

Candidates should be able to teach courses in our Dutch and international MA programmes in Journalism, our minor programmes in Journalism, and our international BA and MA programmes in Media Studies. Moreover, we expect the successful candidate to contribute actively to our research agenda which we are conducting in the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%).

Our BA and MA programmes rank first among all Media Studies programmes in the Netherlands in the national student survey. The MA programmes in Journalism focus on high quality reporting in a cross-media setting with a strong focus on digital skills and innovation, and combine academic reflection with academic skills. The department admits max. 30 Dutch and 30 international MA students on a yearly basis after a rigorous selection procedure. The minor programme in Journalism addresses a range of developments in the field of journalism studies, providing courses to students from a range of disciplines within the university.

Our international, English-taught BA programme in Media Studies focuses on the social and informative functions of media. It provides students with a thorough understanding of the affordances of different platforms and the interplay between them; the political and economic underpinnings of media systems; patterns of use, production and content; and the functions and impact of media in culture and society. The MA programmes ‘Datafication and Digital Literacy’, ‘Social Media and Society’, and ‘Media Creation and Innovation’ provide students with cutting-edge knowledge of the digital transformations that profoundly change society.

Research is conducted within the interdisciplinary Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, which has been rated as “excellent/world-leading” in the 2016 Research Assessment. If appointed, the candidates are expected to actively contribute to a vibrant research environment. They are provided ample support in applying for bids with national and international funding agencies.

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • teach and supervise students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes; international candidates will teach solely in English, they are offered the chance to follow a Dutch language course
  • participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules
  • conduct and generate top research in media studies or communication studies
  • pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
  • participate actively in international research networks and build international collaborations
  • participate actively in the activities of the interdisciplinary research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies.
Qualifications

In addition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for candidates who have:

• a PhD in Journalism-, Media-, or Communication Studies, or related fields
• wide-ranging knowledge in Journalism Studies, preferably with a focus on the digital transformation of journalism
• teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
• gained their University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or are prepared to do so within a year
• an excellent research track record, including relevant publications
• an outstanding national and international academic network as well as strong contacts with professionals in the field
• willingness to make substantial contributions to the development of the Department’s research and educational programmes
• organisational experience and skills
• excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking) and expected to have or gain understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years.

Organisation

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 32.000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: It belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5.000 students and 700 staff members, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 15 Bachelor’s programmes and over 35 Master’s specialisations. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers Media and Journalism Studies, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,656 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
  • an appointment initially on a temporary basis for 4 years with the possibility of becoming a permanent position; this will be determined based on an appraisal, which will be made after 3 years, as well as the needs of the programme.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/

Preferred date of entry into employment is 1 August 2020.

Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• a cover letter that explains the motivation for applying for this position
• a full curriculum vitae
• a research plan of 1-2 pages that includes future ideas for projects and grant applications
• a teaching statement that contains a description of courses taught and teaching qualifications
• a full list of publications and talks and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Applications that are incomplete or are otherwise faulty will not be taken into account.

You can submit your application until 26 April 11:59pm / before 27 April 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Marcel Broersma, Professor of Media and Journalism Studies, +31 50 3635955.
  • Drs. Miralda Meulman, Degree programme coordinator (about the formal procedure), +31 50 3638950, m.g.j.meulman@rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Media Studies (University of Groningen)

University of Groningen is looking for an Assistant Professor in Media Studies (1.0 FTE) (220116)

Application deadline: 26 April 11:59pm / before 27 April 2020 Dutch local time (CET)
More information

Job description

Excellent research assessments, the launch of three new MA programmes and growing student numbers enable the Department of Media Studies and Journalism of the University of Groningen to hire an assistant professor. We are looking for candidates with expertise in a range of media related fields, preferably (but not limited to):

  • digital cultures, including data studies and/or digital literacy
  • media, politics and democracy
  • cultural industries and innovation
  • social media
  • audiovisual culture.

Although candidates with expertise in the above fields have a competitive advantage, the position is open to candidates with a wide range of research interests and theoretical and methodological expertise in media studies. Candidates should be able to teach courses in media studies on the BA and MA level, and contribute to our research programme. The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%).

Successful candidates are expected to teach in our English-taught BA programme ‘Media Studies’ and our international MA programmes ‘Datafication and Digital Literacy’, ‘Social Media and Society’, and ‘Media Creation and Innovation’. Depending on their expertise, they may also teach in our minor programmes Media Studies and Journalism Studies, as well as our Dutch and international MA programmes in Journalism.

The international, English-taught BA programme in Media Studies focuses on the social and informative functions of media. It is rooted in the humanities but also draws upon methods and paradigms developed in the social sciences and other disciplines. The degree aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the affordances of different platforms and the interplay between them; the political and economic underpinnings of media systems; patterns of use, production and content; and the functions and impact of media in culture and society. Throughout the curriculum it provides a comparative perspective by studying media in their cultural, historical, economic, political and international contexts. The programme has an annual enrolment of 120 students from all parts of the world.

The new MA programmes ‘Datafication and Digital Literacy’, ‘Social Media and Society’, and ‘Media Creation and Innovation’ provide students with cutting-edge knowledge of the digital transformations that profoundly change society. The MA programmes in Journalism focus on high quality reporting in a cross-media setting with a strong focus on digital skills and innovation, and combine academic reflection with academic skills. Our BA and MA programmes rank first among all Media Studies programmes in the Netherlands in the national student survey.

Research is conducted within the interdisciplinary Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, which has been rated as “excellent/world-leading” in the last Research Review. Members of the Centre have been successful in recent years in attracting external research funding. If appointed, the candidates are expected to actively contribute to a vibrant research environment. They are provided ample support in applying for bids with national and international funding agencies.

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • teach and supervise students in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes; international candidates will teach solely in English, they are offered the chance to follow a Dutch language course
  • participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules
  • conduct and generate top research in media studies or communication studies
  • pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
  • participate actively in international research networks and build international collaborations
  • participate actively in the activities of the interdisciplinary research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies.
Qualifications

In addition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills and a results-oriented attitude, we are looking for candidates who have:

• a PhD in Media Studies, Communication Studies, or related fields
• wide-ranging knowledge in one or more of the media related fields, including, but not limited to: digital cultures, including data studies and/or digital literacy; media, politics and democracy; cultural industries and innovation; social media; audiovisual culture
• teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
• gained their University Teaching Qualification or are prepared to do so within a year
• an excellent research track record, including relevant publications
• an outstanding national and international academic network as well as strong contacts with professionals in the field
• willingness to make substantial contributions to the development of the Department’s research and educational programmes
• organisational experience and skills
• excellent command of English (at least CEFR B2/C1 level for reading, listening, writing and speaking) and expected to have or gain understanding of the Dutch language (CEFR B2 for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 for writing and speaking) within two years.

Organisation

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high-quality teaching and research. Its 32.000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: It belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5.000 students and 700 staff members, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 15 Bachelor’s programmes and over 35 Master’s specialisations. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers Media and Journalism Studies, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,656 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees; favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
  • an appointment on temporary basis for four years.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/

Preferred date of entry into employment is 1 August 2020.

Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• a cover letter that explains the motivation for applying for this position
• a full curriculum vitae
• a research plan of 1-2 pages that includes future ideas for projects and grant applications
• a teaching statement that contains a description of courses taught and teaching qualifications
• a full list of publications and talks and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

You can submit your application until 26 April 11:59pm / before 27 April 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), http://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Marcel Broersma, Professor of Media and Journalism Studies, +31 50 3635955.
  • Drs. Miralda Meulman, Degree programme coordinator (about the formal procedure), +31 50 3638950, m.g.j.meulman@rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

Vacancies: Two PhD Positions in Critical Humanities Approaches to Platform Society (Radboud University)

PhD Position

Radboud University Nijmegen has 2 PHD positions for the ERC Starting Grant by Niels Niessen on Critical Humanities Approaches to Platform Society. 

Application deadline: 10 May 2020
More information

We are looking for

As a PhD candidate you will be responsible for one of the three subprojects within the ERC-funded project “Platform Discourses: A Critical Humanities Approach to the Texts, Images, and Moving Images of Tech Companies”. This project studies how companies like Google, Facebook, and Airbnb increasingly position their for-profit online platforms as neutral spaces for social exchange, while addressing their users as “digital citizens”. The project employs methods of literary analysis, visual analysis, and film studies to explore the visions of humanity that speak from tech company discourses, forming an integral part of these companies’ branding strategies (from advertising and corporate blogs to manifestos and user interfaces). The first subproject, on discourses of everyday life, is carried out by the Principal Investigator (Dr Niels Niessen). The two vacancies concern two other subprojects. The second subproject examines the topic of digital citizenship: How do tech companies intervene in debates on democracy and state structures? The third subproject explores the topic of climate crisis: What visions of humanity are ingrained in tech companies’ self-presentation as green?

Your findings will be presented in a successful PhD thesis, written under the supervision of Prof. Anneke Smelik (thesis supervisor) and Dr Niels Niessen. You will also seek to publish at least one article in an international scientific journal, along with conference papers. Additionally, you will be expected to participate in workshops at the Radboud Institute for Culture & History, including the monthly seminar of the newly formed Critical Humanities research group.Please indicate in your motivation letter which subproject you are applying for (or both, if applicable) and how you relate to the topic(s). Please also describe briefly how your previous research experience (from your MA or Research MA programme) links up with this project. Finally, briefly indicate what you hope to achieve by pursuing a PhD.

We ask
  • A Master’s degree in Cultural Studies, Literary Studies, Visual Studies, Film and Media Studies, or in another relevant field.
  • Experience with textual, visual and/or film analysis.
  • Strong command of spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of cultural studies and critical theory, theories of Internet capitalism, media theory, gender and sexuality studies, race studies, and/or ecocriticism.
  • Original thinker and writer.
  • Willingness to share ideas in workshop format and conferences.
We are

As a PhD candidate you will become part of the Department of Arts and Culture as well as the Radboud Institute for Culture & History, both embedded within the Faculty of Arts. At the Institute for Culture & History you will become part of the Critical Humanities research group. The faculty as a whole enrols some 2,400 students in three departments: the department of History, Art History and Classics, the department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the department of Language and Communication. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation, which is why we endeavour to create a culturally diverse staff.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer
  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 September 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?
Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Anneke Smelik, Professor
Email: a.smelik@let.ru.nl

Niels Niessen, Researcher
Email: n.niessen@let.ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to Anneke Smelik and submit it, using the application button, no later than 10 May 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.

The first round of interviews will take place on Friday 5 June 2020.

RMeS Summer School 2020: Design Thinking and Making for the Humanities

Design Thinking and Making for the Humanities
Constructing Knowledge for Creativity and Impact 

When? 23-25 June 2020
Time? TBA
Where? Maastricht University
ECTS? 2 ECTS | 5 ECTS
Organized by? Professor Susan Schreibman (UM) and RMeS
Open to? PhD candidates and RMa students
Fee (non-members): € 250
Registration

This summer school, held in Maastricht University from 23-25 June 2020, will revolve around the twin pillars of Design Thinking and Maker Culture. A mixture of lectures, hands-on workshops, and Lightening Challenges will provide participants with the skills, theories, and methods to take a more creative, proactive, and empowered approach to research design, to meaning making in modalities beyond the textual, and in exploring what humanities students can bring to discussions to solve the grand challenges of our time.

The summer school will start a month in advance with an online course that will introduce the themes of the summer school. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv7oiW8_8ug&list=PL77mHK9JuenOazD2trGF-s4cJ43rxr-at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frynXFJbXaY&list=PL77mHK9JuenOazD2trGF-s4cJ43rxr-at&index=3&t=0s

RMeS lecture: ‘The Making of Deep Mediatization’ by Prof. dr Andreas Hepp (Bremen)

The Making of Deep Mediatization’ – RMeS lecture by  Prof. dr Andreas Hepp (Bremen)

22 April 2020, 15.30-17.30
Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal (Utrecht University)

Respondent: Dr Markus Stauff (University of Amsterdam)

In his latest book Deep Mediatization (CRC Press, 2019) prof. dr. Andreas Hepp takes an integrative look at one of the biggest questions in media and communications research: how digital media is changing society. Often, such questions are discussed in isolation losing sight of the overarching context in which they are situated. In contrast to this, Hepp tries to outline a theory of the re-figuration of society by digital media and their infrastructures and provides an understanding of how profound today’s media-related changes are, not only for institutions, organizations and communities, but for the individual as well.

In this talk Hepp will focus on one particular aspect of deep mediatization, namely that of its “making”. Normally, the progressive saturation of society with digital media and infrastructures is associated with the engagement of large corporations like Apple, Google or Microsoft. But we cannot understand the “making” of deep mediatization without also considering pioneer communities such as the Whole Earth Network, the Quantified Self or the Maker movements. In this talk Hepp will focus on these, their influence and their life cycles.

Please register for the lecture here