Associate Professor in New Media and Digital Culture

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 12:00am


Associate Professor in New Media and Digital Culture

Faculty of Humanities - Department of Media Studies

University of Amsterdam


Salary indication: €4,428 to € 5,920 gross per month (based on full-time)

Position: for 30.4 to 38 hours per week

Application closing date: 9 December 2012

Vacancy number: 12-284


The Media Studies Department invites applications for the position of Associate Professor in Media Studies (with a specialization in New Media and Digital Culture).

The Media Studies Department is responsible for the following degree programs:

  •  A three-year Bachelor and a one-year Master's degree in Media and Culture, with tracks in New Media and Digital Culture, Film Studies as well as Television and Cross-media Culture. 
  • A three-year Bachelor and a one-year Master's degree in Cultural Information Science.
  • Professional Masters in Journalism and Archival Science (all programs 1.5 years).
  • A professional, international Master in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (1.5 years)
  • A two-year Research Master's degree in Media Studies.

Media Studies degree programs serve some 1,500 students. For further (Dutch-language) information about Media Studies' faculty, staff and teaching programs, please visit 

Faculty's research is organized and coordinated mainly through the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and the Institute of Culture and History (ICG). For further information, visit

The Media Studies department currently employs just over 60 permanent and approximately 30 temporary faculty. Most Media and Culture faculty teach in various programs, at varying degree levels, and they are active in one or more teaching teams; each teaching team is responsible for teaching and curriculum development in various tracks and programs. The Media Studies faculty includes experts in film and visual culture, television and cross-media culture, new media and digital culture, journalism, information studies and archival studies. Within the Media and Culture BA and MA programs film, television and new media are studied as representational technologies, cultural practices, and cultural forms. A variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to media (e.g. philosophical/aesthetic, historical and socio-cultural) are taught in conjunction: the interrelated study of the form, content and modality of media is an important principle. The professional MA programs combine theory and practice to prepare students from various academic backgrounds for jobs in media, archives, museums, etc.

The New Media and Digital Culture team, in particular, concerns itself with research strategies for the critical study of Internet culture. New Media faculty members are recognised experts in the field, and actively contribute to contemporary discourses surrounding critical media theory, media art and new media research practices and methods, with a specialisation in creating online research environments and distribution platforms, such as the Masters of Media student research blog, and the Digital Methods Initiative's tool suite. Expertise is on hand in the areas of media aesthetics, social media, information visualisation as well as the emerging area of data science, with a focus on online trace analysis. The New Media team also participates in a wide variety of international research projects and collaborations, in such areas as controversy mapping, ICTs for development, search engine and social media critique as well as empirical work on internet censorship.


Job Description

The ideal candidate would have expertise in the study of digital media in the humanities, and have made contributions to such areas as digital humanities, data visualization, Internet studies, digital methods, media arts, information aesthetics, social media, media history and media theory. Internet skills are essential, as is up-to-date knowledge of Internet culture. Proven ability in securing research funding is key. Practical experience in working with Web-based applications (e.g., blogs and wikis) is desirable. Affinity and willingness to work with software for capturing and analysing online objects and data are a plus.

New Media and Digital Culture are part of the Media Studies Department, which has dedicated areas of study in film, television and cross-media, journalism, archival science and information culture. The Associate Professor is expected to teach on both the bachelor's and master's degree levels, in courses concerned with such topics as digital aesthetics, Internet research methods and techniques, media archaeology, media theory as well as the politics of code. He or she is expected to co-supervise PhD dissertations in New Media and Media Studies. Candidates should be considered an expert in the field, and also have a new media research agenda.



  - A PhD in the field of Media Studies or other relevant field of the humanities.

  - At least five years of teaching experience, preferably at various levels of university education; an interest in new methods of teaching (especially the use of digital technology and electronic learning environments).

  - Outstanding research skills, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals and academic publishers.

  - Fundraising experience, e.g. acquisition of research projects through government agencies, non-governmental foundations or the private sector.

  - Experience in supervising PhD research.

  - Proven leadership qualities; experience in administration, organisation and coordination of university education and research.

  - Enthusiasm, an interdisciplinary attitude, a strong team spirit and the ability to motivate team members.

  - Sound knowledge of ICT developments in the field.

  - Flexibility, readiness to participate in interdisciplinary cooperation and multidisciplinary development.

  - Excellent command of both Dutch and English; preferably international teaching experience. If Dutch is not the native language, an active and passive command should be acquired within two years of appointment.


Further Information

For further information, please contact:

  - Professor Patricia Pisters <>, Chair of the Department of Media Studies

  telephone: +31-20-525-2980



This is a tenure track appointment for a minimum of 0.8 fte. The initial appointment will be two years. Depending on teaching evaluations and professional assessment, tenure will be granted after two years. Gross monthly salary for a fulltime appointment (38 hours a week) will be between € 4,428 (scale 13) and € 5,920 (scale 14).


Job Application

Application letter and CV should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, professor dr. F.P.I.M. van Vree, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. The application deadline is December 9, 2012. The top left-hand corner of the envelope should be marked with the vacancy number and the words "strictly confidential".

Alternatively, applications may be e-mailed bij clicking Apply Now on the online form:

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