Assistant Professor Media Studies (1.0 fte)

University of Groningen

Faculty of Arts

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 30,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international center 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 5000 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 the following fields: Media and Journalism Studies, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

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. We are looking for candidates with expertise in a wide range of media related fields, including (but not limited to):

- Media and Democracy
- (Digital) Media Theory
- Visual culture
- Media Innovation and Management
- Journalism Studies.

The position is open to candidates with a wide range of research interests and theoretical and methodological expertise. They should be able to teach courses in media studies and/or journalism studies on the BA and MA level, and contribute to our research programme.

The candidates are expected to teach in our English taught BA programme in Media Studies, our minor programme in Media and Journalism Studies, and our Dutch and international MA programmes in Journalism.

The international BA programme in Media Studies focuses on the social and informative function of media. It is rooted in the humanities domain of media studies but also draws upon methods and paradigms developed in the social sciences domain of communication science. The degree aims to endow 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 100-120 students from all parts of the world.

The MA programmes in Journalism rank at the top of Dutch yearly rankings. They 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 45 Dutch and 15 international MA students on a yearly basis after a rigorous selection procedure.
The minor programme in Media and Journalism Studies addresses a range of developments in the field of media and journalistic culture, providing courses to about 300 bachelor students.

Research tasks are located within the interdisciplinary Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. Its focus areas are: Social Media and Digital Culture, Transforming Media Use, and Media and Journalism as Cultural Form. Members of the Centre have been successful in recent years in attracting external research funding. Candidates are expected to actively contribute to a vibrant research environment and 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. Dutch candidates will teach in both English and Dutch
- participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules, under responsibility of head of department
- carry out and generate top research in media studies or journalism studies
- pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
- participate actively in international research networks and build international collaboration
- participate actively in the activities of the interdisciplinary research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies.

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, Journalism Studies, or related fields
- wide-ranging knowledge in media related fields, such as (but not exclusively): Media and Democracy; (Digital) Media Theory; Visual Culture; Media Innovation and Management; Journalism Studies
- teaching experience at university level and proven didactic abilities
- gained the University Teaching Qualification or is 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 (oral and written), and preferably of Dutch.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 24 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary for the assistant professor dependent on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,427 (scale 11 Dutch Universities) to a maximum of € 5,330 (scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position. On top of that income the candidate will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an annual end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The appointment will be initially for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension of the contract or appointment for an indefinite period. This will be determined based on an appraisal, which will be made after 1.5 years, as well as the needs of the programme. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for the University of Groningen (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities 2011-2013, available in English at: http:// Job interviews will be held on Monday 9 January-Wednesday 11 January 2017. Date of entry into employment is 1 April 2017 or sooner, if possible. How to apply Please send your application until 15 December / before 16 December 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications should include the following: • letter containing your motivation for applying for this position • full curriculum vitae (including list of publications) • future research plan (1-2 pages) • teaching statement, including a description of courses taught and teaching qualifications • names and contact details of two academic referees. Applications that are incomplete or are otherwise faulty will not be taken into account. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 5330.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Marcel Broersma, Professor of Journalism Studies and Media / Head of Department
+31 50 3635955,

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216333

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