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FASoS is seeking an assistant professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in Digital Culture Studies, with a focus on digital methods (such as digital ethnography, the use of Gephi for qualitative research) and digital skills (such as video editing and weblogging). In addition, the candidate should be undertaking substantive research around the use of social media and digital technologies in cultural practices. Expertise in mobile media and audience studies in museum contexts is an asset.
Research is carried out within the context of the Research Institute for Arts and Social Sciences and, in particular, relating to the interdisciplinary research programme Arts, Media and Culture (AMC). S/He is expected to develop (international) research projects and to attract external funding that is related to the faculty’s core research themes.
The selected candidate will contribute to the teaching and coordination of courses and supervision of internships, projects and theses in the BA programmes Arts and Culture and Digital Society (accreditation expected in early 2019) and the MA programmes Digital Cultures and Arts and Heritage of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The division of teaching and research duties follows the regular division used at the Faculty of 60% teaching and management and 40% research. The research time can be extended through external fundraising.
Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in a relevant humanities/social science discipline with a focus on digital culture and qualitative digital methods. Fluency in English is a prerequisite, while non-Dutch speaking applicants should be willing to learn Dutch (basic level). After earning the PhD, they will have gained relevant work experience in an academic position at a university.
The candidate should be an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles. Experience with course development is an asset. The candidate is able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching in international classrooms is preferable.
Candidates should display outstanding quality in research and be open to an interdisciplinary approach. They will have a relevant international network and a track record of potential for grant acquisition. International peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative.
The candidate is expected to be a team player, to have an open, effective management style, and be ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty.
Fixed-term contract: 6 years.
Maastricht University provides an attractive, internationally-oriented academic environment where young people receive an advanced education and scholars conduct first-rate research.
Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier. On the candidate’s request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness.
The workload will be the normal workload for the position of assistant professor. Currently this implies 60% teaching – and 40% research activities.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels, depending on education and relevant work experience. This implies a minimum of € 3.475,-- and a maximum of € 4.757,-- gross per month for a full-time appointment of 38 hours per week (salary scale 11, Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment).
Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%..
The university’s relocation policy stipulates that the selected candidate needs to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht. If not already living in Maastricht (or its direct surroundings), (s)he will be eligible for an allowance for moving costs or an allowance for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) has about 250 staff members, and about 1,600 students. More than 76% of the students are non-Dutch (64 different nationalities). All programmes are offered in English and some are also offered in Dutch. FASoS offers two 3-year bachelor’s programmes: Arts and Culture and European Studies. It also offers eight different 1-year Master’s programmes and two 2-year research master’s programmes.
Research is organised around four programmes: Politics and Culture in Europe; Science, Technology and Society Studies; Arts, Media and Culture; and Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the historic city centre of Maastricht.
Maastricht University (UM)
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