PhD position in urban media engagement for the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens (F/M, 1.0 FTE)

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-candidate who considers it a challenge to conduct PhD research on urban media engagement as part of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens and the Erasmus Research Centre of for Media, Communication and Culture. The PhD project asks if and how young people construct an urban identity from their creative media practices. We build on two strands of urban research that claim, respectively, that creativity is a strong driver of a shared urban culture and that urban identities are less divisive and more inclusive than national ones. Our further integration of media research about active audience behaviour leads to a multidisciplinary perspective that reveals the potential of urban identities to exceed traditional divisions among youth based on national and ethnic backgrounds. We use a multi-method design to analyse how young people understand their experiences of urban life and construct their urban identity from the active reception and production of (interactive) media. We collaborate with the Rotterdam ‘maker space’ Bouwkeet and two creative agencies to create a living lab in which young people of diverse backgrounds consume, discuss and make media products

Research duties (80%)
Conducting PhD research within the framework of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, specifically the project “Urban Media Engagement”.
Contributing to the data-collection and data-analysis;
Publishing and presenting research results in the form of articles in international peer reviewed journals and papers at international conferences;
Performing organizational tasks such as assisting in the organisation of workshops and other knowledge utilisation activities;
Writing a dissertation and defending the dissertation to complete the doctoral degree;
Participating in project meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. that are organised by the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, ERMeCC and the Centre for Bold Cities, as well as participating in the associated research schools and scholarly networks.  

Teaching duties (20%)
Preparing and teaching classes within the context of the various degree programmes in the field of Media and Communication provided by the ESHCC;
Supervising and coaching students;
Pointing out possible improvements and integrating them into teaching methods and/or the content of the classes given;
Contributing to the evaluation of teaching, both in terms of structure and execution;
Participating in committees or working groups, as well as performing designated organisational tasks.

A master’s degree in one of the social sciences or humanities, preferably a research master’s degree;
Wide-ranging knowledge of state-of-the-art media & communication research, urban studies, and the theory and practice of civic engagement;
A solid background in both qualitative and quantitative methods of social scientific research is required as evidenced by the master’s thesis, publications, research plans, and other projects;
A strong academic track-record.
Strong social skills including a profound willingness to collaborate and to take initiative;
Didactic potential. Teaching experience is considered an advantage;
A willingness to develop knowledge and skills in various disciplines and to increase the ability to teach a wide range of subjects within the faculty’s degree programme;
Organisational experience and skills;
Proficiency in spoken and written English. Candidates should meet the C1-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF);
Proficiency in spoken and written Dutch is required; candidates should meet the C1-standards of of the Common European Framework (CEF).

Employment starts September 1, 2017. The initial contract will be running for a term of 1.5 years, which - depending on performance – will be extended with a second term of 2.5 years.
The conditions of employment correspond with the “CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten” (CAO NU).
For the job of PhD Candidate (Promovendus) the salary starts at € 2.222,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract in the first year, which will increase annually up to a maximum of € 2.840,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract in the fourth year (Grade P).

How to apply

Your cover letter should be accompanied by a concise research proposal of no more than 500 words, in which you explain what you consider to be the most pressing issues in the study of using media and other (creative) artefacts to enhance the engagement of young people with the city they live in, along with corresponding research questions. This proposal will be assessed based on the coherence of substance and methodology and the proposal’s relevance to the field, as well as the feasibility of completing the research by the proposed deadline. The selection committee will invite a small number of candidates for an interview. These candidates will be asked to give a public presentation of their proposal and subsequent ideas as part of the application procedure. Candidates may be asked to submit a more detailed research proposal and/or give a test lecture as part of the application procedure. To apply, please send your application letter with your research proposal, your resume, your publication list (if applicable), and the names and contact details of two referees, before August 12, 2017 by e-mail to Please mention “PhD Urban Media Engagement”. You should receive a confirmation mail within two weeks.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof.dr. Jeroen Jansz (