Professor of Media and Cultural Industries (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

University of Groningen
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 36,000 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. For additional information ( The University of Groningen has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is building on a longstanding tradition of four centuries. Its mission is to be an ambitious top-ranking faculty in terms of both education and high-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. The faculty creates and shares knowledge through outstanding education and high-quality research, benefitting to society. With more than 5,500 students, the faculty is heavily involved in educating students, both Dutch and international.

Media Studies
Media Studies in Groningen is rooted in the humanities domain but also draws upon methods and paradigms developed in the social sciences domain of communication science. It has a specific focus on the informative and social functions of media. With media and mediation at the heart of contemporary culture and life, we study and reflect on media’s impact in a wide variety of environments, whether it is social media, print, websites, radio, television, or search engines. Our degrees aim 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. Our research and teaching is characterized by a comparative perspective by studying media in their cultural, historical, economic, political and international contexts. We have a focus on cultural industries, digital cultures, journalism studies, audiovisual culture, and politics and global citizenship.

Chair of Media and Cultural Industries
For this Chair the media and cultural industries in all their facets are central, with an emphasis on processes of digitalization, datafication and platformization. Media are central to the cultural industries, also known as the creative industries. Cultural industry scholars are turning their attention to the growing cultural influence of the technology sector. Tensions and collaboration between tech giants and the traditional cultural sector is reshaping these industries and the cultural content they produce. This has implications for cultural creators, for citizens, and for culture. How are citizens impacted and how do policy makers at all levels respond? How do platform politics influence which stories get told and which ones get ignored? What happens when cultural texts are reframed as 'content'? What is at stake when cultural curation is outsourced to algorithms and how does the automation of cultural production affect work and meaning? These questions are central to the new chair of Media and Cultural industries.

A full description of the chair of Media and Cultural Industries can be obtained from the Office of the Faculty of Arts (see below for contact information).

Job description

The successful candidate will provide leadership to develop and grow the chair group’s research agenda and educational programs. The position consists of three major task components: research, teaching and management.

The research task of the full professor covers 40% of the appointment. Research in the field of Media Studies is housed in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and, within this, in the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS) which has been assessed as excellent/world-leading in the last research accreditation. Furthermore, we host the national research school RMeS (Research school Media Studies). The new chair is expected to develop a research agenda on the interface of cultural industries, media and digitalization and attracting research funding as well as knowledge application/valorization. They will also actively participate in the interdisciplinary Jantina Tammes School for Digital Society, Technology and AI at the University of Groningen.

The teaching task covers 60% of the appointment (minus management time). The new chair is expected to lecture in the field of Media Studies and, more specifically, Media and Cultural Industries. The international, English-taught BA programme in Media Studies (, containing the second year Cultural Industries profile of 30 EC, 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. The programme has an annual enrolment of 120 students from all parts of the world. Our five MA programmes ( provide students with cutting-edge knowledge of media and the digital transformations that profoundly change society. In addition, the department offers minor and pre-master programmes Media Studies and Journalism Studies. Our BA and MA programmes rank first among all Media Studies programmes in the Netherlands in the national student survey.

The chair is expected to perform management duties within the department of Media Studies and Journalism and, more broadly, within the Faculty of Arts. On the national and international level, the chair will participate in relevant networks.


We are looking for candidates who are internationally recognized in Media and Cultural Industries with a strong interest in processes of digitalization, datafication and platformization.

We encourage you to apply if you have:

· a PhD degree in Media Studies, Communication Studies or a closely related discipline
· an excellent research track record, as evidenced by an outstanding publication record of high-quality books and articles in international peer-reviewed journals
· successfully obtained funding for research projects/submitted excellent grant applications
· a relevant, strategic international network, demonstrated by, for example, participation in internationally renowned conferences and leading roles in editorial boards of academic journals
· extensive experience with teaching, active learning, coordination, independent supervision (of BA/MA students, PhD’s and Postdocs) and administrative tasks in BA/MA degrees programs related to Media Studies and/or Communication Studies
· an innovative view on teaching & teaching methods, including interdisciplinary teaching
· excellent leadership skills and demonstrable organizational competences
· a strong societal network and demonstrable experience with societal impact
· fluency in English (C1 level of the CEFR) and Dutch or willingness to learn the Dutch language within two years (to at least C1 level of the CEFR – for reading and listening).

And you are:
· an internationally recognized expert in Media Studies and/or Communication Studies who studies the field from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective
· communicating a clear vision of academic education and research, transcending your own discipline
· able to supervise, mentor and encourage the relatively young, dynamic team of staff members
· capable of and willing to create and strengthen collaborations between the department, the Research Institute, the Faculty and the broader research field and society
· acting as a representative of the programs to students and a broader audience, with a strong societal network and demonstrable experience with societal impact; capable of translating research and teaching to a general audience
· representing the field through his/her contacts with other universities in the Netherlands
· expected to acquire external research funding
· contributing to the organization of the department, cluster and faculty, for example by participating in committees and working groups in the fields of teaching, research and management
· a team player with good communication skills
· willing to fulfill the requirements for the University Teaching Qualification and academic leadership courses with the ability to reflect on your leadership skills and style.

Familiarity with the Dutch educational system is considered an asset.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
The Faculty is considering only those applicants who are ready to move to Groningen and live in the near environment of Groningen within a period of two years.

Conditions of employment

The appointment will be at the level of Full Professor with a gross monthly salary depending on qualifications and work experience from € 5,749 up to a maximum of € 8,371 (salary scale H2 of Dutch Universities) for a full-time position. On top of that income, the candidate will receive an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3% of your yearly salary. The conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

Date of appointment: February 2022 (or as soon as possible afterwards).

The faculty will facilitate you in obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language during the first two years of your appointment.

Job Application

You can submit your application until 24 September 11:59pm / before 25 September 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applicants should fill in the application form and upload four PDF files:

1. cover letter - outlining your motivation and suitability for the role and demonstrating how you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
2. cv - including a list of five self-selected best papers or publications, the complete list of publications and names and contact details of at least three references.
3. statement of research accomplishments and plans + teaching statement (maximum two pages in total). This can be uploaded under ‘extra document’ on the website.
4. an appropriate and characteristic writing sample. This can be uploaded under ‘extra document’ on the website.

A trial lecture is part of the standard procedure. A (personality) assessment may be part of the procedure.

The first round of interviews will be scheduled at the end of October; the second round of interviews is scheduled for the first half of November 2021.

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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), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Ms T. Oosterman
+ 31 50 3635834

Prof. Anthonya Visser, Ddean of the Faculty of Arts

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221513

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