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[ecrea] job opportunity KU Leuven - Media Effects Research
Thu Jan 19 13:17:11 GMT 2017
*The Faculty of Social Sciences is looking for a full-time
(assistant/associate/full) professor in the domain of Media Effects
Communication Science at KU Leuven, Belgium, organizes the Bachelor and
Master of Communication Science and is involved in the Master’s
programmes of Business Communication and Journalism. The research
activities in the field of Communication Science take place in the
School for Mass Communication Research and the Institute for Media
Studies. Communication Science at KU Leuven, which consists of about 14
professors, continuously aims at keeping up its outstanding
international reputation. It is the highest ranked department in
Belgium, and consistently achieves a top ranking on the European continent.
You will be expected to develop a research programme, aim at excellent
scientific output and support and promote national and international
research collaborations in the field of Communication Science and in the
context of the School for Mass Communication Research. Your research
will focus on the development of insights, theories and advanced
research techniques from the field of Communication Science in the area
of media effects. This area covers the theoretical and empirical study
of the social and/or psychological influences of traditional mass media
and/or social media on individuals and groups in our society, and is
situated at the crossroads of such areas as ‘Mass Communication’ and
‘Media Psychology’. For this position, your profile need not necessarily
be limited to experience in traditional media effects research, but may
also refer to other types of uses and effects studies, such as
prosocial/positive effects of the media.
Your research is specifically expected to relate to the focus of The
Leuven School for Mass Communication Research, which conducts
fundamental (rather than policy-oriented) research on the use of mass
media, social media and ICT, and how these media may harm or enhance an
individual’s wellbeing in his or her societal context. In its research,
the School describes the relationship between exposure to information
and entertainment media and various components of wellbeing, and
develops theoretical insight into the underlying mechanisms of these
media effects. Its work draws on, and strives to contribute to, the most
advanced techniques and insights available in communication studies,
cognitive and developmental psychology, sociology, and public health.
The School adheres to the highest academic standards and strives towards
publishing its research in top academic (ISI-ranked) journals in
communication science and other relevant disciplines. We also aim at
contributing to national and international multidisciplinary research
projects, primarily of a fundamental nature but also with societal
relevance. The School is committed to guiding PhD students towards high
You will teach several courses at Bachelor’s and Master’s level in the
field of communication science and supervise master's theses, both
focusing on the domain of the empirical study of Media Effects. Your
teaching assignment will include a course at master's level that fits in
with your specific research expertise. Your teaching is expected to meet
the KU Leuven standards regarding academic programme level and
orientation and to be in keeping with the educational vision of the KU
Leuven. Commitment to quality of education as a whole is naturally
You are expected to be prepared to further internationalization of
research and teaching and to actively contribute to the research and
teaching policy of Communication Science at KU Leuven.
You hold a Ph.D. degree in Social Sciences or an equivalent diploma,
with extensive expertise in the domain of Media Effects Research. You
are expected to have an excellent research record and very good teaching
and training skills, in order to contribute to the research output of
the unit and to the quality of its educational programmes. The quality
of your research and specialization should be evidenced by high-level
international publications in the important journals of our field and of
related fields. You have developed a vision on teaching in academic
programmes and your teaching and training skills preferably includes
experience in teaching large groups of students.
The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you
do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment,
KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in
meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given
the opportunity to learn Dutch resp. English to the required standard.
Depending on your experience and qualifications, the position will be
filled at one of the levels of the Senior Academic Staff (Tenure track
professor, Associate professor, Professor, Full professor). The KU
Leuven pursues a policy of equal opportunity and diversity.
The interviews are scheduled between April 3 and 7, 2017.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Steven Eggermont, tel.:
+32 16 32 32 38, mail: (steven.eggermont /at/ kuleuven.be)
<mailto:(steven.eggermont /at/ kuleuven.be)> or Prof. dr. Bart Kerremans, tel.:
+32 16 32 31 08, mail: (bart.kerremans /at/ kuleuven.be)
<mailto:(bart.kerremans /at/ kuleuven.be)>.
For problems with online applying, please contact
(solliciteren /at/ kuleuven.be) <mailto:(solliciteren /at/ kuleuven.be)>.
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