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[Commlist] position Full Professor Utrecht University Media, Data and Society
Wed Nov 04 13:49:15 GMT 2020
Chair (Full Professor) in Media, Data and Society (1,0 FTE)
Hours per week:
38 to 40
Faculty of Humanities
departement Media- en Cultuurwetenschappen
7 December 2020
The Department of Media and Culture Studies is looking for a media
scholar with a strong international reputation and excellent skills in
research, teaching and management. S/he can articulate an engaged,
interdisciplinary vision on the field in line with the strategic plans
of the department, the Faculty of Humanities, and the university. The
ideal candidate substantially contributes to developing the department’s
research themes in media, data and society and helps to disseminate this
knowledge beyond academia.
S/he has a strong research focus on media developments of digitization,
datafication and platformization (i.c. data-driven and algorithmically
steered platforms), and their cultural social and political
implications. S/he is able to draw on a broad scope of theoretical and
methodological approaches, such as digital methods, media ethics,
digital etnography or STS, and has experience in investigating concrete
practices, e.g. digital innovation or data governance in societal
processes. The interconnection between data-driven practices, media, and
societal change constitutes the core of collaborations between Utrecht
University’s researchers. The candidate is able to motivate and inspire
cooperative research projects across the various disciplinary areas,
apply for outside funding, initiate collaborative teaching, and
stimulate innovation that directly connects to recent developments in
media studies, both nationally and internationally.
The successful candidate focuses on datafication and the cultural and
societal dimensions of media in today’s digitized society, in both
teaching and research. S/he is expected to engage with, and help to
develop, existing interdisciplinary research initiatives such as urban
interfaces and/or Datafied Society external link. Moreover, s/he is
expected to contribute to Utrecht University’s strategic themes
“Institutions for Open Societies, “Dynamics of Youth” and/or “Pathways
to Sustainability”, and focus areas such as Governing the Digital
Society external link, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence external
link and/or Game Research external link. The successful candidate is
encouraged to initiate and build on UU’s research strengths in these areas.
The candidate we are looking for has a strong publication record, proven
abilities to generate external funding, and an extensive international
network. S/he has profound knowledge of the theoretical foundations of
media studies as an academic field and is familiar with current
developments in the field of media such as datafication, mediatisation,
datafication, and platformization; we welcome theoretical, historical,
empirical and contextual orientations towards these developments.
The new chair will be positioned in the Department of Media and Culture
Studies (MCW), which is part of the Humanities Faculty of Utrecht
University (UU). MCW provides education and research in the fields of
film, television, games, new media and digital culture, theatre, dance
and performance, musicology, gender and post-colonial studies,
communication and information studies, and participation in arts and
culture. In the department, a wide range of media as well as cultural
and artistic expressions are studied in conjunction with one another.
Culture is interpreted as a dynamic combination of artistic, creative
and everyday activities that people use to shape their identities, and
within which social processes, structures and institutions are shaped.
We are looking for candidates:
Who are experienced, internationally respected senior researchers
in the field of the chair, as shown by a completed PhD and an extensive
list of peer-reviewed scholarly output in leading academic journals and
reputable book publications;
Who have successfully acquired internal and external research grants;
With substantial experience in teaching media subjects at the BA
and MA level and who have acquired the Senior Teaching Qualification
(SKO) according to Dutch university standards or who have extensive
experience in developing curricula;
Who have experience in supervising PhD candidates in an inspiring
and effective way as well as in leading an international team of
Who have an extensive international and national network in
academia and beyond, especially in the media sector, and who are able to
engage this network in order to develop original research projects;
Who have excellent communication skills and who are capable of
inspiring a positive team spirit;
Who have the experience and willingness to take on managerial
responsibilities at the departmental level;
Who are fluent in English at near-native or native-speaker standard
in oral and written communication;
Whose fluency in Dutch is at least at the NT2 level (or able to
reach this level within two years after the appointment).
We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for five years in an
international working environment. Subject to excellent performance,
this will be followed by a permanent appointment. The gross salary -
depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between
€5,749 and €8,371 (consistent with the Collective Employment Agreement
scale for professors of Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time
employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a
year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers
excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement
scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions
external link (multiple choice model). Here you'll find more information
about working at Utrecht University external link.
About the organisation
Utrecht University external link strives for excellence in teaching and
research. This also holds for the clearly defined research profiles with
respect to four core themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open
Societies, Life Sciences, and Sustainability. Utrecht University has a
strong commitment to community outreach and contributes to answering the
social questions of today and tomorrow.
The Faculty of Humanities external link has around 7,000 students and
900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and
Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies,
and Languages, Literature and Communication. Through its research and
teaching in these domains, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better
understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social
and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the
excellent facilities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the
Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.
The Department of Media and Culture Studies external link at Utrecht
University is an internationally renowned teaching and research
consortium composed of scholars in Film, Television, Arts Policy and
Participatory Arts, Communication, New Media, Game and Gender Studies
Music, Theatre, Dance. It is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach
to media, performance, music, and culture in general.
For informal inquiries please contact Professor Maaike Bleeker
((m.a.bleeker /at/ uu.nl)), Head of the Media and Culture Studies Department.
Please note that an assessment can be part of the selection procedure.
More information on the chair position can be found here external link.
Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome
employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
Applications must include:
a letter of motivation detailing how the candidate’s experience and
competence with regard to research and education relate to the
department MCW and Utrecht University in general;
a CV including a full list of publications;
certified copies of relevant diplomas;
names and contact details of three (academic) referees.
Please refer to the position you are applying for and use the
application button below to apply.
The application deadline is 7 December 2020.
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