Assistant / Associate Professor of Persuasive Communication Science
Radboud University Faculty of Social Sciences

Assistant/Associate Professor of Persuasive Communication Science

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 6,940
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Required background: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 11 October 2020

We are looking for

The Communication Science group at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Radboud University seeks an experienced Assistant or Associate Professor to further strengthen its educational programmes and highly reputed research. Your educational responsibilities will be to develop, coordinate and teach courses at the Bachelor's and Master's levels, with a focus on persuasive communication (e.g. marketing and advertising, or prosocial communication). You will also supervise Bachelor's and/or Master's theses. As a wide range of methodological approaches may be used in these theses, methodological flexibility is desired. You will be given the opportunity to teach in the fields of your research expertise. You will also be able to teach in the Research Master's programme in Behavioural Science. 

Your research should be of high quality and should align with the Communication and Media research programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI). This programme investigates the potential of mediated communication for improving well-being. For this position, a research agenda in the area of persuasive communication is preferred. Within this area we focus on insights into the production, content and reception of persuasive communication that can provide a positive contribution to addressing contemporary challenges related to, for example, health, sustainability and politics. For example, we study how persuasive communication can motivate people to adopt healthy and sustainable lifestyles as well as why and how people resist (undesired) persuasive communication. Moreover, we are interested in new technological developments that have a strong impact on persuasive communication (e.g. data-driven personalisation and interactive media) and the consequences these developments may have on persuasion processes (e.g. privacy concerns).

You will be expected to:
  • Develop, coordinate and engage in excellent and innovative teaching in Dutch (50%).
  • Conduct and publish top-quality research (50%).
  • Apply for external funding by submitting research proposals.
  • Collaborate with researchers from the Communication and Media research group and the other research groups at BSI and with external scholars.
  • Be an inspiring member of our staff with excellent communication skills.
  • Hold or develop a network of national and international partners.
  • Participate in management tasks for the programme, the research and teaching institutes involved, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in Communication Science, or a related field.
  • Expertise in teaching at an academic level in Dutch.
  • A university teaching qualification.
  • An excellent track record in academic research, as evidenced by publications in international academic journals.
  • Research practices that increase transparency in social science (e.g. pre-registration, data-sharing) or the willingness to adopt this approach.
  • A team player with good social, communication and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, diverse and advanced research methods and techniques.
  • Experience in the acquisition of external funding.
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).
  • An excellent command of written and spoken Dutch.

We are

The teaching component of this position (50%) will be embedded in the education programmes of Communication Science (Bachelor's and Master's) and the research component (50%) in the Communication and Media research programme of the Behavioural Science Institute. You may also be asked to teach in the Research Master's programme in Behavioural Science.

Currently, about 400 students are enrolled in the education programmes of Communication Science (Bachelor's and Master's). The study programmes focus on questions concerning the production, content, uses and effects of mediated communication, with an emphasis on positive and innovative communication science. We also spend significant time on the professional development of students. We embrace an autonomy-supportive teaching style and encourage staff members to use innovative teaching and assessment methods. Both the Bachelor's and Master's programmes are taught in Dutch.

The Communication and Media group consists of approximately 35 staff. Our main objectives are to study the social and psychological mechanisms underlying media use, media processes and media effects, while taking into account the economical, technological and social-cultural forces that influence the 21st-century media landscape. We aim to apply these fundamental insights to develop strategies for improving people's well-being. A key role is played by recent developments in digital technology: we study innovative techniques and tools such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality in order to find ways to empower people to thrive in their multiple roles, for example as consumers, citizens or parents. Driven by these objectives, we focus on three communication themes: influence (commercial and prosocial communication), information (journalism and news), and entertainment (consumer community and culture).

BSI is a multidisciplinary behavioural research institute. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science and communication science. BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. BSI conducts fundamental research as well as applied/translational research, and has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological measures, and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments.

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 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 6,940 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 14).
  • Which university job profile applies (i.e. Assistant or Associate Professor, level 1 or level 2) depends on your previous training and (relevant) work experience.
  • The salary depends on the applicable job profile and can be in scale 12 (for Assistant Professor 1), scale 13 (for Associate Professor 2) or scale 14 (for Associate Professor 1).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: permanent role if your performance is deemed satisfactory after 2 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 February 2021.
  • 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.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. Tibor Bosse, Professor and Chair of Communication Science

Dr Mariska Kleemans, Director of Education, Communication Science

Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof. Tibor Bosse and submit it, using the application button, no later than 11 October 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.
  • Teaching evaluations with regard to two recently taught courses.
  • Two key publications.
The first round of interviews will take place in mid-October 2020.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.

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