Assistant Professor Media in Society

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Radboud University


Do you want to pursue an academic career with an emphasis on teaching and the development and coordination of courses and curricula? We are looking for an Assistant Professor of Communication Science who has a media-sociological perspective in research and teaching, an interest in the role of media in our society, and expertise in qualitative research.

The department of Communication Science at Radboud University is looking for an assistant professor to further strengthen its educational programme and its highly reputed research. Your educational responsibilities will be to develop and co-develop, coordinate, and teach courses in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes, with a focus on the media-sociological perspective in communication science. More concretely, you will participate in and develop courses related to the media landscape, media as societal institutions, and media content. Furthermore, you will be expected to take up a central role in teaching qualitative research to our students. Your methodological expertise should therefore include qualitative research methods. And, of course, you will also supervise Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. We will encourage you to apply for funding to innovate our educational programmes, for example by applying for a Comenius Fellowship or other funds for innovation in education.

Your research should be of high quality and should align with the  Communication and Media research programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI). Within this programme, we investigate the potential of mediated communication for improving well-being. We focus on insights into the production, content and reception of communication that can provide a positive contribution to addressing contemporary challenges related to, for example, health, diversity and inclusion, media literacy, sustainability, and politics. Driven by these objectives, we focus on three communication themes: influence (commercial and prosocial communication), information (journalism and news), and entertainment (consumer community and culture). For example, we study how media interventions can make people adopt healthy and sustainable behaviours, support people in handling the abundance of news and other information that is presented to them, and stimulate their moral and emotional development.

Within this position, you will be expected to develop, carry out, and coordinate excellent and innovative teaching in Dutch (70%), as well as performing and publishing high-quality research (30%). You will collaborate with researchers from the Communication and Media research group, with other research groups at BSI, and with external scholars (e.g. in team-grant applications). Lastly, you will also participate in management tasks related to education.

You will be asked to apply for internal or external funding focused on (innovative) education, and you will collaborate with researchers from the Communication and Media research group, with other research groups at BSI, and with external scholars (e.g. in team-grant applications). Lastly, you will also participate in management tasks related to education.


  • You hold a PhD degree in Communication Science, or a related field.
  • You have expertise in teaching at an academic level in Dutch and experience in conducting qualitative research.
  • You have a good track record in teaching and in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • You have a media-sociological perspective in your teaching and/or research.
  • You have a university teaching qualification (BKO) or are willing to obtain this within two years.
  • You are capable of employing research practices that increase transparency in social science, such as pre-registration or data-sharing, or are willing to adopt this approach.
  • You possess a proactive attitude towards grant applications.
  • You possess good social, communication and organisational skills and are a team player.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken Dutch and English (C1 level).


The teaching part of the position will be embedded in the education programmes of Communication Science. The research part will take place in BSI’s Communication and Media research programme.

Currently, some 450 students are enrolled in the education programmes of Communication Science. The study programmes focus on questions concerning the production, content, uses, and effects of mediated communication, with an emphasis on positive and innovative communication science. We also spend significant time on the professional development of students. Autonomy-supportive teaching is the basic principle of our teaching, and we also encourage staff members to use innovative teaching and assessment methods. Both the Bachelor's and Master's programmes are taught in Dutch.

The Communication and Media group consists of approximately 50-55 staff. Our main objectives are to study the social and psychological mechanisms underlying media use, media processes and media effects, while taking into account the content of the media landscape as well as the economical, technological and sociocultural forces that influence the 21st-century media landscape. We aim to apply these fundamental insights to develop strategies for improving people's well-being. A key role is played by recent developments in digital technology: we study innovative techniques and tools such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality in order to find ways to empower people to thrive in their multiple roles, for example as consumers, citizens or parents. Driven by these objectives, we focus on three communication themes: influence (commercial and prosocial communication), information (journalism and news), and entertainment (consumer community and culture).

The Behavioural Science Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute and one of the three research institutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, pedagogical and educational sciences, and communication science. Our mission is to strengthen people through understanding the foundations of human behaviour, by creating synergy between different paradigms and by facilitating craftsmanship, curiosity and connection in academic research. BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes, namely human development, connection and health. BSI conducts fundamental as well as applied/translational research and has excellent facilities and support for lab and field research. Moreover, the institute is known for its successful graduate school and strong commitment to open science.

Radboud University

We are keen to meet critical thinkers who want to look closer at what really matters. People who, from their expertise, wish to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This ambition unites more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University and requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €4,332 and a maximum of €6,737 based on a 38-hour working week, and depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 or 12 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 or 1,5 year, with the prospect of a permanent position after positive evaluation.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Meer informatie

For questions about the position, please contact Serena Daalmans, Master Coordinator Communication Science, at Alternatively, you can contact Barbara Müller, Associate Professor of Communication Science, at