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Postdoctoral position on Artificial Intelligence and Communication

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR currently has a Postdoc vacancy in the Digital Communication Methods Lab, part of the RPA project Communication, directed by Prof. Claes de Vreese.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related ...

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3475 - € 4757 per maand


The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR currently has a Postdoc vacancy in the Digital Communication Methods Lab, part of the RPA project Communication, directed by Prof. Claes de Vreese.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies are reshaping our communication environment in an extremely fast pace. These changes encompass not only drastic changes to the media landscape (e.g., algorithms, recommendation systems, personalization in social and news media), but also to the partners with whom we communicate (e.g., conversational agents, virtual assistants, bots, social robots with growing levels of sophistication and adoption), and to how we can research communication (e.g., advances in cognitive computing, machine vision, natural language understanding).

In this post doc project, we investigate the changes that AI and related technologies bring to communication and media effects theorizing and research. The project focuses on different areas such as health, politics, entertainment and/or commerce. We welcome applications from candidates that have can make substantive and/or methodological contribution to the project. The information about the project, which potential applicants should review before applying, can be found at the UvA website.

An 0.8 appointment, possibly with .2 FTE teaching time within the Department of Communication Science, is negotiable.


Candidates should hold a relevant PhD degree in disciplines relevant to the project. Candidates who are due to submit their dissertation manuscript in Spring 2018 are welcome to apply. The preferred starting date is (late) summer 2018.

The details and requirements that potential applicants should review before applying are available at the UvA website.


The position preferably starts in (late) summer 2018. It concerns, in principle, a two-year period after an initial test period.

Your monthly gross salary will range, depending on your knowledge and experience, between €3,475 and €4,757 (Scale 11) based on a full-time basis.

We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities

Additional information

The Digital Communication Methods Lab is an initiative of the RPA Communication, focusing on innovative research and bringing together existing and new projects with digital communication methods as its cornerstone. The lab aims at expand the innovative work on methods, analyses, and scientific practices critical to Communication Science, including work on mobile communication and AI, not only as research topics, but also as data collection modes.

You may address questions about the application procedure and other general questions to:

Questions about the project content you may address to:

To apply for this position, you may send your application to:

Please send at least the following documents in English:

  • motivation letter, including a brief discussion about how you fit with the topic and objectives of the RPA/Digital Communication Methods lab;
  • curriculum vitae, including publication list and overview of academic activities and achievements thus far (e.g., conference visits, courses taken, awards);
  • proof of your PhD degree. If you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor confirming the expected date of completion of your degree.
  • an academic writing sample in English (e.g., journal article, PhD dissertation).
  • a list of names that could be consulted by the RPA as a reference for the candidate (no reference letters required).

Please send all your documents in PDF or doc(x) format. Only complete applications will be considered. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2018. Please state vacancy number 18-069 in the subject line of your application.


With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR is the research institute in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. It is the largest research institute of its kind in Europe and is among the largest worldwide. More than 50 senior researchers are permanently associated with ASCoR, and its English-language PhD program has more than 35 students.