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Utrecht University is hiring game studies faculty

The Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University has a vacancy for an Assistant Professor New Media and Digital Culture.

Job description

MCS offers an interdisciplinary and open atmosphere with a young, dynamic team. Courses are taught in Dutch and English, but non-Dutch speaking candidates are required to be able to teach in Dutch after one year.

You will teach Bachelor's and Master's courses, particular courses in the field of new media and digital culture. You will supervise Master's theses and participate in the administration of the department.

Further details

For more information, please contact Prof Dr Joost Raessens, e-mail or tel. (+31) 30 253 6270. You can also have a look at the department's website.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their application by e-mail, including a curriculum vitae, to the Personnel Department of the Faculty of Humanities, to (specify your name and vacancy number: 68926-E in the message) or by mail to Mrs. Drs M.H. de Windt, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht, The Netherlands. Please refer to vacancy number 68926-E on the envelope.

The deadline for applications is 19 October 2009.

The interviews and mini-colleges will take place in Utrecht on Thursday the 12th of November 2009.


Applicants require a PhD, teaching experience on Bachelor's and Master's level, and should be able to demonstrate affinity with the core themes of the Master's programme New Media and Digital Culture: contemporary debates, media comparison, popular culture, identity and participation, communication and technology. We are looking for candidates who are familiar with current debates in the field of computer game studies. Preference is given to candidates who have a research interest in serious games and/or in the notion of play as a conceptual framework for the analysis of media use.

Terms of employment

The successful candidate will be offered a 2-year contract (renewable, subject to performance review), with the possibility of tenure upon first renewal for 1,0 fte. Depending on knowledge and experience, the salary has a minimum of € 3,195.- and a maximum of € 4,970.- gross per month based on full-time employment (scale 11 en 12 of the Dutch Universities Conditions of Employment). We also offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

Utrecht University employs a system of qualifications for teaching. The successful candidate must also have or has to be willing to acquire the appropriate (basic) teaching qualification.

Faculty of Humanities

Utrecht University has developed into one of Europe's largest and most prominent institutions for research and education. The Faculty of Humanities, with nearly 7.000 students and 900 staff members, offers an inspiring and dynamic working environment. Our research and education programmes focus on language, culture, history, arts, literature, media, philosophy and theology, covering the period from classical antiquity to the present day. We pay special attention to interdisciplinary and international collaboration. The research programmes are organised in four institutes:

  • Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC),
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS),
  • ZENO Research Institute for Philosophy,
  • Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies (INTEGON).
The Utrecht University Graduate School of Humanities monitors and guarantees the outstanding quality of education programmes for Research Master and PhD students.

The Department of Media and Culture Studies (MCS) organizes and contributes to courses in the Bachelor's programmes Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Communication and Information Studies and Musicology as well as the Master's programmes Comparative Women's Studies, Film and Television Studies, Arts Policy and Management, Music Studies, New Media and Digital Culture, and Theatre Studies.

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