Netherlands: Postdoc Journalism Studies / New Media

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Excellent research assessments and growing student numbers enable the Groningen Center for Journalism Studies and the Journalism Department of the Faculty of Arts to hire a Postdoc Researcher in the field of Journalism Studies. Candidates are invited to submit a research proposal, preferably in the field of Journalism and New Media. The full time appointment will initially be made for a period of one year and after a positive evaluation extended for 2 years (3 research years in total).

The successful candidate is expected to:
– develop and conduct internationally oriented, cross-national and comparative research in the fields of Journalism Studies / Journalism and New Media that is publishable in established international refereed journals
– take part in the activities of the Groningen Center for Journalism Studies, including (co-)organising and participating in international meetings, joint editorial projects and grant applications
– expand the national and international research connections of the Groningen Center for Journalism Studies and the Journalism Department
– possibly take on a small amount of teaching.


– a PhD in the field of Journalism Studies, Communication or Media Studies
– a wide-ranging knowledge of the field of Journalism and (New) Media Studies
– an excellent research track record, including relevant publications
– an outstanding national and international academic network as well as excellent contacts with professionals in the field
– willingness to make substantial contributions to the development of the Journalism research and education program
– strong communication and organisational experience and skills
– proficiency in spoken and written English.


University of Groningen
Founded in 1614. One of the best universities in Europe and the world. A wide variety of disciplines. Internationally oriented. Rooted in the North of the Netherlands. Socially active. Our researchers and lecturers are inspired academics. Ambitious students. We respect the differences in talent, ambitions and performance of the 25,000 students and members of staff.

The university provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The university is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Faculty of Arts
The Journalism Department provides a high quality, one and a half year Master in Journalism, which includes newspaper, radio and television journalism. Its curriculum has a strong focus on cross-mediality and convergence. Half of the program is devoted to academic courses in Journalism Studies, like theory and history of journalism, political communication, and research classes. The other half is devoted to teaching journalism skills in a well equipped multi media newsroom. Each year 45 students are admitted to the MA program after a severe selection procedure. The department’s Minor program provides courses like journalism and new media, introduction journalism studies, and media history to about 150 undergraduate students. The staff of the Journalism Department carries out research in the fields of Journalism Studies, Journalism and New Media, Media History and Theory. Research activities are organised in the Groningen Center for Journalism Studies and the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture.

Conditions of employment

Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 3755
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: One year
Maximum hours per week: 38
Additional conditions of employment:
The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience with a minimum of € 2379 till a maximum of € 3755 (salary scale 10) gross per month based on full-time employment and in conformity with current salary scales under the collective labour agreement (CAO) for Dutch universities. The appointment will initially be made for a period of one year. After a positive evaluation it will be extended with another 2 years (3 research years in total).

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
Marcel J. Broersma, professor of Journalism Studies and Media
Telephone number: +31 50 3635955
E-mail address:
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.
Applicants should submit an application letter; an (outline for a) research proposal of max. 2500 words including information on the research topic, approach, innovation and plan of work; a curriculum vitae including list of publications, and if relevant a description of courses taught.

Applications must sent to:


You can apply for this job before 08-06-2009 by sending your application to:

University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Office
P.O. Box 72
9700 AB Groningen
The Netherlands
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT209194.
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