KU Leuven

Postdoctoral assistant in teaching: Media Psychology

2024-07-15 (Europe/Brussels)
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KU Leuven is a leading academic institution in Europe. Owing to KU Leuven’s cutting-edge research, KU Leuven is a charter member of LERU, ranked as Europe’s most innovative university, and is among the Top 10 European universities.
Within KU Leuven, the School of Mass Communication Research (SMCR, see our website) represents a pioneering institution for media effects research. SMCR’s ultimate intent is to inspire key players and stakeholders in society as well as individuals and their families with robust evidence on both adverse and beneficial effects of media and with a sound understanding of how media can be employed to achieve goals of social relevance. Issues studied in recent years include alcohol and drug abuse, sexuality and sexism, depression, body image, and sleep. Within this context, SMCR is looking for a postdoctoral teaching assistant.
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We offer a one-year position as a postdoctoral assistant in teaching. The candidate will be asked to teach various courses. Examples of potential courses that will be asked to teach are Media-effects, Medialab 4, Media-effects and Children, Quantitative research seminar and Quantitative data analyses. Knowledge of R is necessary to develop course material and student exercises. The candidate will further supervise master theses in the master program Communication Sciences at KU Leuven. 

For more information on the educational training at KU Leuven, see: https://www.kuleuven.be/opleidingen/master-communicatiewetenschappen and https://www.kuleuven.be/opleidingen/bachelor-communicatiewetenschappen 


The candidate: 

  • should have obtained a PhD in communication sciences or social sciences.
  • has an academic profile related to (digital) media effects and psychology (e.g., demonstrated by publications, PhD-thesis).
  • has published in international, peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • has ample experience with quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • is able to fluently teach/write in English and Dutch.
  • has prior experience in supervising master theses.


A 1-year contract as a doctor assistant that preferably starts on 1 September 2024. Salary and benefits are in line with the university salary scales for post-doctoral staff (barema 44).

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Laura Vandenbosch, tel.: +32 16 32 32 02, mail: laura.vandenbosch@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. Stef Aupers, tel.: +32 16 37 23 07, mail: stef.aupers@kuleuven.be.

KU Leuven strives for an inclusive, respectful and socially safe environment. We embrace diversity among individuals and groups as an asset. Open dialogue and differences in perspective are essential for an ambitious research and educational environment. In our commitment to equal opportunity, we recognize the consequences of historical inequalities. We do not accept any form of discrimination based on, but not limited to, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ethnic or national background, skin colour, religious and philosophical diversity, neurodivergence, employment disability, health, or socioeconomic status. For questions about accessibility or support offered, we are happy to assist you at this email address.

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Postdoctoral assistant in teaching: Media Psychology
Oude Markt 13 Leuven, Belgium
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2024-07-15 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2024-07-15 23:59 (CET)
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