The department of Communication Science at VU University Amsterdam is a
fast growing department within the Faculty of Social Sciences
(www.fsw.vu.nl/nl). The research program of the department
strengthens empirical research with regard to communication choices,
communication content, and communication effects. Central research
topics are social media, media coverage and media monitoring, and media
psychology. The department of Communication Science participates in the
multidisciplinary Network Institute and in the national research school
for Communication Science NeSCoR. The teaching program consists of a
three-year Bachelor program with a yearly enrollment of approximately
170 students, and a one-year Master program with an enrollment of
approximately 150 students. The Master's program consists of tracks in
1) Corporate Communication and New Media, 2) Marketing and Health
Communication, 3) Media Psychology and 4) Public and Political
Communication, with a side track in 5) Journalism Studies.
Assistant Professor Tasks:
Conduct state of the art empirical research in the field of
communication, resulting in publications in international communication
Active in acquiring external research funding;
Develop, coordinate and teach bachelor and master level courses in at
least one of the tracks;
Can be asked to perform management tasks and to take part in various
Can be involved in the supervision of PhD-students.
PhD, preferably in Communication
Good knowledge of and experience with quantitative research
methodologies, e.g. social network analysis
Didactic qualities as proven by a Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO,
basic teaching qualification at Dutch Universities), or experience with
various teaching methods/skills, or positive teaching evaluations
combined with the willingness to acquire a BKO
Sufficient knowledge of both the Dutch and English language, or the
willingness to acquire sufficient knowledge of Dutch and English within
Strong research skills
Asolid publication record with a focus on peer-reviewed
Experience in applying for funding
The positions are full time, but part time can be discussed. Two
positions are offered for a period of two years, and one position for a
period of one year, in which the first two months serve as an official
probationary period. At the end of the two-year contract, an official
evaluation will follow in which options for tenure may be explored.
Information about the excellent fringe benefits of employment at VU
University Amsterdam is available www.workingatvu.nl.
The intended starting date is September 1st 2012 at the latest.
Depending on the candidate's experience, function level, and vitae,
gross monthly salary is, based on a fulltime employment, maximum EUR
4.970,- (salary scale 12).
Candidates who have recently finished their PhD will start at EUR
2.977,- (salary scale 10.5), based on a fulltime employment.
For more information please contact the secretary of the department,
Corry Hienkens, phone number: 00-31-20-59 6854, e-mail:
or the head of the department Communication Science, Prof. Dr. Jan
Kleinnijenhuis, phone number: 00-31-20-59 86827, e-mail:
Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their
abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or
Written applications should be sent before May 22nd 2012 to: VU
University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, attn.: Drs. M.
Karssen, Managing director, De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The
The preferred way to apply is to apply with a pdf by e-mail to:
Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top of
your letter and on the envelope.
Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be