Postdoctoral Researcher Position on Governing the Digital Society

The Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University is offering a full-time position for a postdoctoral researcher in the focus area “Governing the Digital Society” (GDS).

This interdisciplinary focus area fosters collaboration between the departments of Media and Culture, Law, Governance, and Information Science. The GDS group promotes research on the socio-technical and political-economic processes of datafication, algorithmisation and platformisation and AI.

Postdocs will pursue their own research plan which fits the larger research aims of the GDS group. Projects may differ in scale and scope; they invite andidates to submit concrete project descriptions that fit their overall goals.

The postdoc positions are full-time, which means successful candidates can spend 80% of their time on research; they are expected to publish and present research results in the form of policy briefings, reports, articles in international peer reviewed journals, and papers at (inter)national meetings and conferences. In addition, they will spend 20% on professional activities organised in the context of GDS conjunction with members of the GDS team (outreach, teaching/course development, collaborative projects, seminar/conference organisation, communication, etc). Although teaching is not part of the postdoc position, occasional lectures or workshops are appreciated.

Duration: 24 months.


In accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch Universities, they offer:

  • a working week of 32 to 40 hours and a gross monthly salary between €3,226 and €5,929 in the case of full-time employment; 
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus; 
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU. 

Job Requirements

Candidates eligible for these postdoc positions on Governing the Digital Society will have the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • a completed PhD in a field relevant to the GDS focus area (e.g., media studies, law, governance studies, information science) and preferably a topic that is related to one of the GDS research aims;
  • excellent methodological skills;
  • excellent writing and presentation skills (academic publishing and conferences);
  • a strong interest in cross-disciplinary cooperation as part of Utrecht University’s research community;
  • some experience in non-academic publishing and audience communication.
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Application Process

Interested applicants are to submit the following documents for application:

  • curriculum vitae,
  • a letter of motivation, and
  • a research plan.

To apply for the Postdoctoral Researcher Position on Governing the Digital Societyclick here.

Deadline: June 09, 2024.

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