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05 Assistant Professor Digital Narrative M/V

Job description

The Technology, Human and Institutional Behaviour (HIB)-department is currently seeking six Assistant Professors in the domains of online social movement using big data, public administration and digital transformation, smart city governance, mental resilience, digital narrative and resistance to technology.

The section PGT in the HIB-department is currently seeking an assistant professor (1,0 fte) in the area of Digital Narrative.


Storytelling plays an important role in the everyday life of individuals, organizations, and society at large. Research has shown that stories can contribute to well-being, health and community. However, a digital age with ever pervasive social media, also contributes to changing power dynamics between governments, social movements, and individual citizens. This might also include downsides of storytelling, like resistance through fake news or questioning credibility of science. Hence, there is a need to develop ‘narrative savviness’, i.e., expertise about how narratives work. ‘Narrative savviness’ also applies to science itself: current endeavors in artificial intelligence like natural language processing and affective computing aim to study verbal and nonverbal expressions of narrative. Given the multilayered functions and multidimensional structures of narrative, a main challenge is how machine learning and more traditional qualitative, hermeneutic approaches of narrative can interact to support each other.

You will develop and contribute to research in this exciting field in the group Psychology, Health, and Technology, but you will also work together with colleagues from communication science and public administration in the broader department Human and Institutional Behavior. You will contribute to Faculty themes like health and resilience and collaborate university-wide with technological groups in the Techmed Centre and the Digital Society Institute. You will contribute to education in the Bachelor and Master of Psychology, which are among the best rated programmes in the Netherlands. Besides contributions to modules and courses, you will outline research topics for Bachelor and Master theses that you will supervise.

Your profile

  • Show vision and results-oriented drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition);
  • be an interdisciplinary team worker, collaborating with scholars from different backgrounds in social sciences and technology;
  • have a real passion for, and the ambition to become a creative and effective teacher, possessing an (equivalent of) University Teaching Qualification certificate, or be willing to obtain this;
  • hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline, preferably Psychology or Digital Humanities;
  • have experience in narrative research, for example in digital humanities with narrative as theoretical and methodological approach or narrative research in which digital storytelling is the data of interest;
  • have experience in research, which is apparent from (successful) grant applications, publications in reputable academic journals, presentations in international scientific conferences, and other academic activities;
  • possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English and good command of Dutch is preferable.

Our offer

You will be appointed for four years with the prospect of a permanent position. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem; internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • A dynamic, cooperative work environment with entrepreneurial and enthusiastic colleagues.
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence.
  • Professional and personal development programmes.
  • Starting salary is between € 3.746 and € 5.826 gross per month based on your experience.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave.
  • Minimum of 29 holiday days in case of full-time employment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Because of our diversity values, we do particularly support women to apply.

Information and application

For more information, please contact prof. dr. G.J. Westerhof, chair of the Psychology, Health & Technology Section. Submit your application (including curriculum vitae, list of publications, research statement and two names of potential references online before April 22, 2021 to the University of Twente, to the attention of prof. dr. G.J. Westerhof.

About the department

The Technology of Human and Institutional Behavior department

The HIB-department is one of  four departments at the faculty. The department is committed to design, evaluation and implementation of and teaching about comprehensive technology-based solutions supporting people in behaviour that promotes their health, safety, resilience, connectedness and joy. The HIB-department comprises research groups of Communication Science; Psychology, Health & Technology; Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety; and Public Administration. For more information on these groups, see: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/organization/departments-institutes/#department-clusters

About the organization

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

05 Assistant Professor Digital Narrative M/V
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