Assistant Professor in Media and Digital Humanities (1.0 FTE)

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  • Groningen
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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 34,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre 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 Media and Journalism Studies, Information Sciences and Digital Humanities, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

Excellent research assessments and growing student numbers enable the Department of Media Studies and Journalism to hire an assistant professor of Media Studies and Digital Humanities.
We are looking for candidates that have an interdisciplinary research agenda at the intersection of Media Studies and Digital Humanities, focusing on media research and/or data studies, combined with an expertise in computational and digital methods. Applicants are able to apply digital tools to study textual, visual and social media data, and are able to critically reflect on the application of such tools and on data sets. We welcome applications from researchers whose work explores large data sets from media archives and media platforms. Candidates should able to teach computational and digital methods on BA and MA level.

The successful candidate is expected to teach in our BA and MA programs in Media Studies as well as the Minor and MA programs Digital Humanities, and to contribute to our research programme. The position combines teaching (60%) and research (40%).

Media Studies and Digital Humanities in Groningen
The international, English-taught BA programme in Media Studies 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 and other disciplines. The degree aims 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. Throughout the curriculum it provides a comparative perspective by studying media in their cultural, historical, economic, political and international contexts. It has an annual enrolment of 120-140 students from all parts of the world.

The three MA programmes in Media Studies, “Social Media and Society”, “Datafication and Digital Literacy” and ‘Media Creation and Innovation’, provide students with cutting-edge knowledge of the digital transformations that profoundly change society. The MA programmes in Journalism 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. Our BA and MA programmes rank first among all Media Studies programmes in the Netherlands in the national student survey.

The MA programme Digital Humanities is a 60 EC track within the MA Communication and Information Science. It is a highly interdisciplinary programme embedded in the Faculty of Arts: it looks at culture, language and history through the lens of digital methods. The programme offers a systematic way to incorporate computational methods in humanities research. The MA relation with Media Studies is strong in the more theoretical oriented courses that contains a critical approach to data and tools but also teaches analytical and creative digital methods.

Research is conducted within the Centre for Digital Humanities and the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. Its strategic themes focus on “Citizenship and Inclusion in Digital Societies”, “Data Infrastructures & Algorithmic Practices”, “New Interdependencies of Journalism” and “Cultures of Media Production”. Members of the Centre have been successful in recent years in attracting external research funding. If appointed, the candidates are expected to actively contribute to a vibrant research environment. They 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 undergraduate and graduate programmes of Media Studies and Digital Humanities. International candidates will teach solely in English. They are expected to follow a Dutch language course
- participate actively in curriculum development, design and administration of course modules
- generate world-class research and publications at the intersection of media studies and digital cultures
- pursue research grants and other forms of external funding
- participate actively in international research networks and build international collaborations
- participate actively in the activities of the interdisciplinary research centres for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS) and Digital Humanities (CDH).

Ole Gmelin

"Speaking Dutch in the Netherlands will always open certain doors for you when it comes to finding a job. But, it isn’t always a must."

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