Postdoctoral researcher in VIDI project on media coverage on the economy

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Amsterdam School of Communication Research

12 oktober 2017
€3,475 to €4,757 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
8 november 2017
15,2 hours per week

The VIDI project of prof. Vliegenthart, funded by the Dutch science foundation NWO, focuses on the media coverage of the economy, and its effects on both public opinion as well as political decision-making. The project is hosted at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). 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 40 students.

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will participate in the project that runs until August 2019. First, a three-wave panel survey among the Dutch population has already been conducted, as well as a large-scale content analysis of media coverage. These data can be used to answer questions relating to the effects of media content on economic and political perceptions and behaviour. Second, a cross-national content analysis of newspapers and parliamentary questions is underway. The postdoc will participate in data collection, preparation and analysis for this part of the project.


  • Analyse collected survey and content analytical data;
  • collect and analyse data for the cross-national comparison of newspaper coverage and political attention;
  • contribute to scientific publications;
  • contribute to publications for a broad audience;
  • work together with the PI, postdoc and PhD candidate that already work on the project.


The project lasts until August 2019. Candidates for this position should have considerable academic experience at the PhD-level in working with quantitative survey data, as well as experience with manual and computer-assisted content analysis.

In addition, a successful candidate should have:

  • a PhD degree in communication or related science;
  • knowledge and experience with survey research, content analysis and advanced data analysis;
  • knowledge about communication science theories;
  • outstanding organizational skills;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Further information

A detailed project description may be obtained from:

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 20 months (January 2018-September 2019). Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €3,475 to €4,757 (scale 11) depending on expertise and previous experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 November 2017. To process your application, please quote vacancy number 17-502 and the title of the position you are applying for in the subject-line. Please send the following documents in English by e-mail to

  • a motivation letter. Please clearly indicate the position you apply for;
  • a curriculum vitae and publication list;
  • 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).
  • the names and contact addresses of two academic references from which information about the candidate can be obtained

Please send all your documents in PDF format in one PDF file. Only complete applications will be considered. #LI-DNP

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Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam