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Junior Researcher

21-581 10032
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9 november 2021
23 november 2021 Vacature gesloten

The African Studies Centre Leiden is looking for a

Junior Researcher
 (0,47 FTE)
Vacancy number
 21-581 10032 

for the project Decoding Digital Media in African Regions of Conflict (DDMAC).

Project abstract
The key goal of the DDMAC project is to gather empirical evidence defining and demonstrating the use, spread, content and agenda setting role of social media in regions of conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia and Mali have been selected as focal points of research as they represent two important regions of ongoing conflicts, namely the Horn of Africa and Sahel. Both countries are historically tied to weak social contracts, have large diasporas, complex realities of inequalities and conflicts between polarized groups on ethnic lines. Through an ambitious interdisciplinary approach combining media and communication studies, anthropology and computational science, and a wide range of methodologies ranging from focus groups interviews, nethnographies, 'scraping' of large amounts of social media data, network analysis, media content tracking and discourse analysis, the project will gain important new knowledge of citizens' social' media use, how disinformation and hate speech spread through digital networks, the role of diasporas in conflicts, and the relationship between digital media and traditional media in regions with relatively low internet connectivity. The project aims at establishing principles and processes to prevent, manage and resolve conflict in a sustainable manner and present them in a context-specific theory on digital media’s role in conflict in African regions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Execute a small research in the interest of the project
  • Contribute to the communication between the different parts of the project, especially between qualitative and quantitative research groups
  • Provide administrative support to the project, including the organization of workshops
  • Contribute to the editing of the articles, books that are a result of the project
  • Be part of the team that updates the website
  • Help with the setting up of the archive of the project

Selection criteria

  • Have an MA in a relevant discipline, i.e. media-studies, journalism, media-anthropology.
  • Have experience with social media publication and research; it is a recommendation if the candidate has knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Be independent
  • Be hard-working
  • Take initiative
  • Be able to speak and write English at an academic level (knowledge of French is an asset)
  • Knowledge of one of the study areas is recommended.

Our organisation
The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. In addition, collecting and disseminating knowledge and information about Africa is an important task. The ASCL does this, among other things, by publishing books and articles and organizing seminars and conferences. The ASCL was founded in 1947 and has approx. 50 employees. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.Information about Interfaculty Institute African Studies Centre can be found here.

Terms and conditions
We offer a
 fixed-term two year position from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023. Salary range from 2310,- to 2900,- gross per month based on a full time position (pay scale 6, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information can be found here.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries about the function content and the procedure can be made to prof. dr. Mirjam de Bruijn (m.e.de.bruijn@hum.leidenuniv.nl).  

Please submit online your application no later than 11/23/2021 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of motivation accompanied by a CV and a scan of your MA diploma and transcripts. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the committee. Applications send in bij email will NOT be reviewed. 

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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