Student-assistant for the Methods Desk Communication Science

Student-assistant for the Methods Desk Communication Science

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11 May 8 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

Since 2014 the Communication Science department has a Methods Desk where students can ask their statistical and methodological questions. Due to imminent graduation of one of the current Methods Desk students, the College and Graduate School would like to get in touch with suitable candidates for the position of student-assistant at the Methods Desk Communication Science.

What are you going to do?
  • You will be staffing the Methods Desk during several sessions per week, where you will answer statistical and methodological questions from Communication Science students, mostly by pointing them in the right direction (appr. 85% of your time);
  • In addition, you help troubleshooting the installation and malfunctioning of methodological software for coursework on students' own devices (appr. 15% of your time);
  • Outside opening hours of the Methods Desk you will answer questions by e-mail;
  • Building and maintaining a Q&A-database and the web page of the Methods Desk also belongs to the tasks of the assistant.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


You are a student of the Research Master in Communication Science, or another Research Master in social and/or behavioral sciences at the University of Amsterdam;

You will be available as a student-assistant (and registered as a student) at least until July 2024;
  • You have good understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and are able to use a range of advanced statistical methods;
  • You have good knowledge of SPSS, some knowledge of Python or R is a plus;
  • You have good working knowledge of software installation and troubleshooting issues with this on Windows and/or Apple operating systems;
  • You have good customer service and problem-solving skills and the ability to work accurately;
  • You preferably have some experience with explaining (complex) assignments by, for example, tutoring high school students;
  • You have a good command of written and spoken English, good command of Dutch is a plus.
You are a Research Master student in one of the social and/or behavioural sciences at the University of Amsterdam during at least July 2024 with experience in helping bachelor or master students with research and computer problems.

Conditions of employment

The position concerns temporary employment of 12-16 hours per week for a maximum term of at least a year. Depending on the year of study, the salary range is €2402 to €2611 gross per month (Student Assistant salary grade, pursuant to the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) based on a full-time workweek.

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 40,000 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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  • Education
  • Behaviour and society
  • 12—16 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 11595


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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