Postdoc - Misinformation and Organizations

Postdoc - Misinformation and Organizations

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6 Nov 1 Dec Amsterdam

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Job description

Do you have an interest in the topic of mis- and disinformation? Are you curious how both governmental and private organizations navigated an information environment challenged by mis- and disinformation? Are you a passionate researcher and do you like to initiate new research projects? Then we are looking for you!

In the current media system, effectively dealing with mis- and disinformation is a big challenge for many organizations. This is particularly the case for organizations whose operations touch upon contested societal issues. We see that such societal engagement is no longer restricted to public organizations, since private corporations increasingly speak out and get involved with socio-political issues. At the same time, the concepts of mis- and disinformation are also contested, because organizations may define and understand these terms in different ways. In the current one-year postdoc project, you investigate how organizations conceptualize the concepts of mis- and disinformation, which strategies organizations currently use to combat the impact of mis- and disinformation, and empirically test the effectiveness of (some of) these strategies. This postdoc project will be supervised by prof. dr. Christian Burgers and dr. Toni van der Meer.

The advertised postdoc project will be embedded in the Corporate Communication research group within the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) in the Department of Communication Science. We study communication from a social and behavioral perspective. Our department is among the largest departments at the University of Amsterdam with an outstanding international reputation. Research and teaching focus broadly on four thematic areas: political communication and journalism; entertainment communication; persuasive communication; and corporate communication. Our research program is interdisciplinary and internationally oriented. While qualitative methods are featured in our research, quantitative methodologies are particularly pronounced.

What are you going to do?
  • You will further develop and conduct research on organizational responses to mis- and disinformation;
  • You will present and publish your research to an international scientific audience;
  • You seek (knowledge) exchange and (research) cooperation with communication professionals on the topic of mis/disinformation in relation to organizations;
  • Depending on your interest and background, you may contribute to the teaching (25% of your time) in the standing program of the Bachelor and Master of Communication Science in Dutch and/or English. The Master program is taught in English only. The Bachelor program has both a Dutch and an English track. In case teaching is added to the position, the duration of the research project will be extended;
  • You make a positive contribution to the organization and cooperation within the program group Corporate Communication and the Department of Communication Science.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


You have:
  • a completed PhD in communication science or a related discipline (e.g., psychology, sociology, journalism studies, communication and information studies, organization science), or you expect to complete your PhD before 1 April 2024;
  • demonstrated interest in research on mis- and disinformation in relation to organizations;
  • excellent quantitative methodological skills relevant to the topic and to communication science, as demonstrated by publications in international journals;
  • the ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
  • some experience in teaching;
  • good communication, social and organizational skills.

In addition, you are an enthusiastic colleague who likes to share knowledge, embraces open science, is curious, critical and eager to learn, i.e. you have an academic attitude.

Conditions of employment

This is a temporary employment contract for 32 - 38 hours per week, for the duration of 12 months. The prospective starting date is 1 April 2024. In case education is added to the position, the duration will be extended.

Depending on education and relevant work experience, the salary amounts to a minimum of €4,332 and a maximum of €5,929 gross per month (scale 11) based on full-time working hours (38 hours per week), excluding 8% vacation allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. In addition, we offer an extensive package of secondary employment conditions, including a generous vacation scheme and year-end bonus, and we believe it is important that you continue to develop and professionalize yourself. To this end, we offer excellent study and development opportunities.

What else can we offer
A challenging workplace with varied tasks and plenty of room for personal initiative and development in an inspiring organization. The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences plays a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges facing the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future. The Amsterdam School of Communication Research is the largest research institute on Communication Science in Europe. Working at the UvA means working in a critical, independent, innovative and international climate, with an open atmosphere and a strong commitment to Amsterdam and its (international) society.

Curious about our organization and attractive fringe benefits such as a generous vacation plan and development opportunities? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam here.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 12331


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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