Postdoc Researcher Focusing on Advancing Computational Communication Research Methods

Postdoc Researcher Focusing on Advancing Computational Communication Research Methods

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Job description

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is looking for a 2-year post-doctoral researcher for the Digital Communication Methods Lab. The Lab focuses on innovative research and bringing together existing and new projects with digital communication methods as its cornerstone.

This postdoctoral position focuses on research aimed at advancing computational methods for communication science (e.g., automated content analysis). Technological advancements enable communication scientists to collect different types of data (e.g., through scraping social media data, gathering data through digital agents, receiving data through data donations). Introduction of these novel data collection methods results in availability of large quantities of data that come in various formats (e.g., text data, visual data). This brings on methodological challenges of analyzing such data. In sum, communication researchers now have a broad range of novel computational methods at their disposal to gather and analyze large amounts of data that vary in their format. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the usage and validity of these methods. For example, whereas some algorithms are available to analyze visual data, these algorithms have not been validated on data relevant to communication scholars. This postdoctoral position will contribute to advancing the Lab's methodological and substantive research in this area by conducting research that advances and validates methods aimed at gathering and analyzing data that are relevant to communication scholars.

What are you going to do

You will conduct research on the advancement of computational research methods for communication science. This research should be predominantly methodological in nature, that is make use of, develop, and validate state-of-the-art digital communication methods to gather and analyze textual and visual data (for example digital trace data)- thus, making a strong substantive contribution for Communication Science. You will also contribute to lab's work in stimulating use of novel computational methods to gather and analyze communication data among faculty members.

You will:
  • Develop, conduct, and publish research on the advancement of computational research methods;
  • Identify the needs of faculty members in terms of required support when working with computational methods and initiate the development of required infrastructures;
  • Be a go to-person for faculty members who have questions about computational and digital methods (for example by supporting faculty members and by hosting workshops);
  • Contribute to the Digicomlab by organizing events, research meetings, and general activities;
  • Collaborate with other faculty members within the lab;
  • Contribute to new grant applications;
  • Co-supervise research projects of students working on relevant topics;
  • The above tasks are for 0.75fte. Pending on departmental need and the background and preference of the candidate, an additional 0.25fte will be allocated to teaching.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


  • You are a team player who can work independently;
  • A clear research interest in the topic of the position (documented by publications and/or grant applications);
  • You have strong communication skills;
  • You enjoy bringing together people with different research interests through events about research methods;
  • Interest in computational methods as witnessed by relevant publications.
Your experience and profile:
  • You have a relevant background in computational social science, communication science, social science, data science or similar;
  • You have strong methodological skills in computational social science or related fields, as demonstrated by relevant research papers. This includes skills in programming (e.g., Python and R) and, more broadly, the application of computational methods for the collection and/or analysis of digital communication data (e.g., digital trace data);
  • You have experience with organizing workshops, lecture series, or other events that facilitate knowledge dissemination and valorization;
  • You have excellent written and spoken command of English, as demonstrated by publications in English-language journals (written and spoken command of Dutch is a plus);
  • You have a relevant PhD degree.

Conditions of employment

The position concerns employment of 28.5 hours per week for a maximum term of 2 years with a probationary period of two months. Depending on your experience, the minimum salary is €3974 and the maximum salary is €5439 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, in keeping with salary scale 11x, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer
  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39.000 students, 6.000 employees and 3.000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

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  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 28.5—38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 11051


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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