Assistant Professor of Communication and Computational Methods

Assistant Professor of Communication and Computational Methods

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30 Mar 17 Apr Nijmegen

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Job description

Today's world requires critical thinkers. People who can define new directions for research and teaching that respond to the changes and challenges of our times. As Assistant Professor Communication and Computational Methods at Radboud University, you will join a diverse group of dedicated scholars, shape the field of computational communication, and flourish in a friendly and vibrant academic community.

In our Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Communication and Information Studies and the Research Master's programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences, students are taught to analyse linguistic and communicative choices, and to examine how these choices affect people's beliefs, attitudes and intentions. As the scale of societal issues increases (e.g. in healthcare, social media privacy and misinformation) and researchers more and more acquire or build extensive datasets, there is an urgent need to develop and work with computational methods that are appropriate for the field of language and communication research. The Department of Language and Communication is therefore looking for an Assistant Professor of Communication and Computational Methods.

As an assistant professor, you will develop and teach Bachelor’s and Master’s courses and conduct research in communication and computational methods. You will contribute to the department's Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Communication and Information Studies, and to the Research Master's programme in Linguistics and Communication Sciences. You will conduct empirical research at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS), which should align with the research conducted by the Communication group or the Language and Interaction group at CLS. You will be active in developing grant applications and participate in the Department's administrative tasks.


Radboud University


  • You have proven expertise in a discipline within communication sciences, as evidenced by publications, grants, and/or teaching experience. We particularly welcome candidates in the domains of persuasion, media effects, and journalism. However, outstanding candidates outside those specific domains will also be considered.
  • You have proven experience with advanced computational methods (e.g. network analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, or analysis of large audio and/or video datasets as evidenced by research projects, publications and/or teaching experience.
  • You hold a PhD in a communication science (completed before the starting date of this position) or in another relevant discipline such as computer science, provided the research is centred on an area of communication science.
  • You have a strong track record in research (proportional to career stage).
  • You have a demonstrated ability to interact and establish links with other communication science subdisciplines.
  • You have the ambition to develop new courses integrating modern computational tools for communication (at both graduate and undergraduate level).
  • You have a vision on, and perhaps experience with, ways to link your domain with other knowledge domains, based on an articulated teaching and research philosophy.
  • You are proficient in Dutch. If Dutch is not your native language, you will be expected to become proficient in Dutch at the C1 level within two years.
  • You hold a university teaching qualification; if you do not, you will be expected to obtain such a qualification as soon as possible.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: an initial period of 1 year or 1.5 years depending on your background. Upon a positive performance evaluation at the end of this period, the contract may be converted into a permanent one.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €6,181 based on a 38-hour working week, 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 an initial period of 1 year or 1.5 years depending on your background. Upon a positive performance evaluation at the end of this period, the contract may be converted into a permanent one.
  • 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.


The Faculty of Arts is committed to knowledge production with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and conduct research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration between the disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximatively 2,500 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills that will be assets to our study programmes and research profiles.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; Marketing and communications
  • Language and culture
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3974—€6181 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1207841



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