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Assistant professor ‘Russian New Media’

Assistant professor ‘Russian New Media’, University of Amsterdam

full-time (38 hours per week)

vacancy number W11-141

With support from a generous financial endowment by the ‘Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen’ (Sustainable Humanities Project), the Faculty of Humanities is able to employ a new generation of scholars. This position is one of them.

The candidate has a PhD and conducts research on political discourses in the Russian new media and/or on the development of language on the Russian web. Possible focus points are the history of the social media in Russia, aspects of political, social, religious and environmental web debates, or online youth culture. We are also interested in the linguistic characteristics of web-Russian itself (including code-switching), and in the impact of digital media on cultural and literary debates.

The candidate will teach both general and specific courses in the BA and MA study programmes of European Studies (Dept. of History, Archeology and Regional Studies) and of Slavic Studies (Dept. of Languages and Literatures), and possibly in other departments of UvA's Humanities (Dept. of Mediastudies).


teaching and developing teaching activities (55% of the tasks); independently conducting research in the areas mentioned, resulting in contributions to leading international publications (40% of the tasks); administrative duties (5%)



The candidate has a relevant PhD degree and top international publications. He or she has teaching experience at university level, shows excellent didactic abilities, team spirit, and organizational skills. Flexibility to teach a variety of subjects at all levels and in various departments is required. A wide professional network and experience in fund raising is a plus. Proficiency in Russian and English is mandatory. Native speakers of other languages than Dutch will have to achieve fluency in that language within two years.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Michael Kemper, Chair of Eastern European Studies, +31-(0)20–525.4370,


The appointment will be in the Department of History, Archaeology and Regional Studies. You will also lecture at the Departments of Art, Religion and Cultural Studies, or Mediastudies for at least 300 hours. Research will be caried out within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) or the Institute of Culture and History (ICH).

The appointment will initially be for a period of no more than two years. Subject to satisfactory performance, a permanent appointment will be offered.

The gross monthly salary will range from €3,195 (scale 11) to €4,970 (scale 12) based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week).

Job application

Applications should be sent before 1 September 2011 to the Universiteit van Amsterdam, to the attention of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. J.F.T.M. van Dijck, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam. Please state the vacancy number in the upper left corner of the envelope. You may also submit your application by e-mail to with the vacancy number in the subject field.

Applications should include:

  1. a curriculum vitae
  2. a research proposal (max. 500 words) related to the theme and to the research priority area ‘Cultural Transformations and Globalisation’ (ASCA) or ‘Cultural Heritage and Identity’ (ICG)
  3. a proposal for a course that potentially fits in the Faculty’s curriculum (bachelor’s programme, 6 EC, given in eight weeks)

See for more information about the research priority areas and for the BA and MA

The selection process will include a trial lecture. The interviews and trial lectures are scheduled for 10-14 October, 2011.

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