Vacancy: PhD position – Critical Approaches to Streaming Data (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Deadline: 15 May 2024
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The Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication is looking for a PhD candidate on the subject of critical approaches to streaming data.


The Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication (ESHCC) at Erasmus University Rotterdam is excited to offer a challenging and innovative PhD position in critical approaches to streaming data.

In recent years, streaming video platforms like Netflix have begun releasing increasing amounts of audience data, albeit lacking the substantive transparency desired by academia and industry observers. However, these “data dumps” offer scholars new avenues to investigate global dynamics in streaming video production and consumption.

This project will investigate the increasing transparency of streaming video platforms like Netflix and its implications for global televisual content production and consumption. Through multi-methodological approaches in Media Industry Studies, it will analyse publicly available data such as Netflix’s Top 10 lists and Engagement Reports.

This pioneering research will combine qualitative methods with statistical analysis and data visualization to uncover emerging patterns in streaming behaviour. By taking streaming platforms’ audience data seriously, despite their corporate interests, this project aims to provide valuable insights into the evolving landscape of media consumption.

Job description
The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Media and Communication of the ESHCC and will carry out the following tasks:

Research (0.85 fte)

  • Conducting PhD research.
  • Publishing and presenting research results in the form of articles in international peer reviewed journals and papers at international conferences.
  • Writing a dissertation within the appointment duration of four years.
  • Taking part in seminars, workshops etc. that are organized by the Erasmus Research Institute for Media, Culture, History and Society (ERMeCHS) as well as the Department of Media and Communication.

Teaching (0.15 fte)
Performing junior teaching tasks in the BA degree programmes in the field Media and Communication provided by ESHCC, primarily through tutorial group teaching in the International Bachelor of Communication and Media (IBCoM).

Contributing to small management tasks of the department.


To be eligible, a candidate must have:

  • A (research) master’s degree or equivalent with a relevant specialization within the social sciences or humanities (such as Communication, Media Studies, or Sociology). A research master’s degree is preferred;
  • Familiarity with and keen interest in mixed-methods research methods;
  • Independent thinking and critical analytical skills;
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary and intercultural academic communities;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (CEFR C1) and good oral and written communication skills in Dutch is preferred;
  • Motivation to carry out high level research and publish in renowned peer reviewed international journals.

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 1 September 2024 and you will be based at the Department of Media and Communication in Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC). This position is for 1 fte. The salary ranges from a minimum of € 2.770 to a maximum of € 3.539 gross per month Scale PhD on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU. We offer a 1,5-year position which will be extended to 4 years based on performance.