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Assistant Professors Communication and Information Studies (2.0 FTE) (222769-70)

Job description

What will you be working on?
We are looking for two enthusiastic colleagues with expertise in the fields of digital and multimodal communication, social media, human-computer interaction, or conversational interfaces to strengthen the computer-mediated communication learning trajectories in the BA Communication and Information Studies (CIS), the BSc information Science (IS) and the MA/MSc Communication and Information Studies at the University of Groningen.

In our research on digital and computer communication, we combine various methodologies and theories from the broad field of communication studies, including conversation and discourse analysis, multi-modality research, user studies with research on language and communication technology and artificial intelligence. Research foci range from health communication and sustainability, interaction in medical environments, multimodal narratives in texts and discourses to communicating with machines, AI-mediated communication and automated social media analysis. We are specifically interested in the intersection of communication and technology and the various ways in which different communication technologies shape communication and create affordances and pitfalls for mediated communication and computer-human interaction. We are looking for candidates who study this interrelationship from an empirical, communication studies perspective.

You will teach in and will be invited to further develop the computer communication learning trajectory in the MA/MSc CIS. You will also teach in the BA/BSc programs of CIS and IS, which includes supervision of bachelor and master theses. In addition, you will develop new courses in your area of expertise to strengthen the current curriculum.

Your research will be embedded in the Centre for Language and Cognition (CLCG), one of the research centres within the Faculty of Arts of the University Groningen. We expect you to strengthen and complement our research in one or more of the areas mentioned above. We offer you a position with 60% of your time for teaching (including administration) and 40% for research.


Who are we looking for

  • you have a PhD in the area of digital communication, social media analysis, computer-mediated communication, human-computer interfaces or other relevant areas, preferably with an empirical focus (e.g., corpus analysis, automated data analysis, applied machine learning)
  • you have teaching experience and have or are expected to acquire relevant teaching qualifications, such as the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ or in Dutch, BKO) within one year
  • you have the ability to communicate and teach in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, and speaking), knowledge of Dutch is not an entry requirement, but a CEFR B2 level for reading and listening, and CEFR B1 level for writing and speaking are part of the conditions for promotion
  • you are keen on conducting high quality research, actively engaging with the national and international research network, seeking external funding, and participating in the group’s activities
  • you like to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team producing high quality work and you are open for inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and an international orientation.


The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the north of the Netherlands. We create knowledge & new insights and share its benefits with society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics and professionals. We form a hardworking and diverse team of 700 staff members.

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,974 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 6,181 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
• participation in a pension scheme for employees. Favorable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants
• we offer 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment.

The faculty will facilitate you with obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language.

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for 18 months with an outlook to a permanent position when you meet the criteria.

The appointee will ideally commence in April. However, after consultation, a later date also belongs to the possibilities.

We comply with the conditions of employment of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:


How to apply for the position
You may apply for this position until 20 December 11:59pm / before 21 December 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).You can fill in the form and upload 4 PDF files (all in English):

1. a letter of motivation, where you clearly state your teaching and research potential and the expected contributions to the Department and University at large
2. a curriculum vitae detailing teaching and research experience and mentioning two academic referees with their contact details (references at this stage are not required)
3. a list of publications
4. a concise statement outlining your plans for research and teaching for the next three years (max. 500 words in total).

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The first round of selection interviews will take place somewhere between 25 and 27 January , 2023. We aim for a quick turnaround and request that you remain available for interviews in this period.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:
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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For information you can contact:

  • Janina Wildfeuer, j.wildfeuer

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.