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Full Professor Language and Communication

The professor’s activities include: • teaching in the bachelor’s programme, including the first year; • teaching in the (research) Masters’ programmes; • developing the international bachelor’s specialization Language and Media; • conducting research in the field ...

10 maanden geleden


De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 5334 - € 7766 per maand


The professor’s activities include:
• teaching in the bachelor’s programme, including the first year;
• teaching in the (research) Masters’ programmes;
• developing the international bachelor’s specialization Language and Media;
• conducting research in the field of Language and communication, in relation to other disciplines;
• strengthening the methodological quality of the sections’ research;
• supervising the ’sections’ teaching and research staff;
• supervising Ph.D. scholars;
• contributing to the organisation of research and education in the Department and Faculty;
• acquiring external research funding;
• contributing to economical and societal valorization;
• developing plans for internationalization;
• maintaining and extending a network within the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, both nationally and internationally.


The intended professor Language and Communication:
• has published substantially in the relevant fields, in particular about language (use) and social media;
• has an outstanding international scientific reputation;
• conducts interdisciplinary research, and has experience in experimental methodology;
• has demonstrable managerial experience;
• is an enthusiastic and well-appreciated lecturer;
• is active and successful in acquiring research projects;
• is demonstrably well qualified in didactic skills on an operational and a managerial level.


The appointment will be initially for two years. After the initial appointment, it can be changed into a permanent employment contract. Female candidates are strongly invited to apply for this position, also in line with the faculty’s diversity policy.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at http://www.workingatvu.nl like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of € 5334,00 gross per month up to a maximum of € 7766,00 gross per month (salary scale H2) based on fulltime.

Additional information

For additional information please contact:
Professor. dr. Diederik Oostdijk, Head of the department
phone: +31 20 5982044
e-mail: d.m.oostdijk@vu.nl


dr. Luuk Lagerwerf, associate Professor Language and Communication
phone: +31 20 5982921
e-mail: l.lagerwerf@vu.nl

More detailed information on the profile and the chair is available upon request (e-mail to j.t.cremer@vu.nl)

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by their curriculum vitae and a list of executed research projects and publications. Before November 19th, 2017, written applications should be sent by email to:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities
Mrs. drs. N.E. Vlakveld, Managing director.

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties, and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

The Faculty of Humanities (FGW) connects scholarly topics, such as history, philosophy, and language, that centre on societal relevant issues and innovation. This way, scholars as well as students seek to actively connect with the rest of society, being involved in innovative education, interdisciplinary research and knowledge valorization. FGW offers Bachelors’ and Masters’ programs in Dutch and English, and its Graduate School of Humanities Research Master’s programs and PhD trajectories in English. With about 1300 current students, FGW employs 275 people.

Within FGW’s Department of Language, Literature, and Communication, the chair of Language and Communication plays a vital role by studying the interplay between language, interaction and communication. The chair of Language and Communication investigates the design of texts, images, and conversations, in particular the consequences of designs for participants and media users (consumers, television viewers, voters, internet users). Although methodological approaches may differ -- from critical discourse analysis to psycholinguistic experiments --, the notion of genre serves as an overarching framework: research is aimed at genre conventions, new genres, and genre expectations. This framework is eminently suited for investigating social media, the chair’s most preferred specialty. If possible, his or her research is applied to relevant domains, such as Health Communication. For the leadership of the chair of Language and Communication, FWG offers a position as full professor starting per 1 April 2018.