Post-doc Position on Emotions in Climate Change Conversations


Are you exceptionally interested in climate change communication or emotions research? Do you like to work in an inter-disciplinary team of communication scientists, social psychologists, and political scientists? Are you eager to employ mixed methods? And, do you want your office to be located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then we are looking for you!

In this two-year project, we will investigate the role of emotions in climate change conversations. Emotions are theoretically conceptualized and empirically investigated in different ways across academic disciplines. Hence, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach to answer the question: “How do facial, verbal, physical, and experiential emotions in conversations about climate change shape the course of conversations and ultimately shift viewpoints on climate change interventions?”

The project is financed by the RPA Emotions, an interdisciplinary research priority area of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (UvA). The post-doc will be situated at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), but also has the opportunity to become part of the psychology and political science departments and the Environmental Communication Lab (ECoLab).

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute for the Communication Science Department in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

What are you going to do

The project consists of three sub-projects. The first subproject focuses on the dynamic interplay of experiential, physical, and verbal emotions in climate change conversations. The second subproject qualitatively investigates how verbal expressions of emotions in climate change conversations shape viewpoints on climate change. The last subproject computationally analyses patterns of emotions in the facial movements, vocal characteristics and speech contents in climate change conversations.  

You will be responsible for data collection (i.e. focus groups) and data analyses, which involve qualitative analyses (i.e. interactional framing analysis and thematic analysis) and quantitative analyses (algorithmic coding, Multimodal Emotional Expression capture software [MEXCA]).

Budget is available to hire research assistants, develop yourself as academic researcher, and go to conferences. Depending on your interest and the needs of the educational institutes of the department in which the candidate will be placed, it may be possible to discuss opportunities for adding teaching activities in the appointment depending on approval from the teaching institutes.

You will/tasks

  • Recruit participants, arrange, and conduct focus-group discussions;
  • Data analyses with mixed methods;
  • Supervise research assistants;
  • Lead and coordinate the publication of three papers;  
  • Presenting results at conferences and RPA Emotions summer school;
  • Science communication; 
  • Educational responsibilities are negotiable.

What do you have to offer

Your experience and profile

  • A PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g. communication science; social psychology; political science);
  • Passionate about climate change communication and/or emotions research;
  • Experience with statistical analyses
  • Experience with programming in Python and/or R;
  • Genuine interest in mixed-methods;
  • Motivated to work in an inter-disciplinary team;
  • Proactive coordination skills;

Dutch language proficiency is desired.

What can we offer you

The position concerns (temporary) employment of 38 hours a week for a maximum term of two years. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events.

For this position the University Job Classification profile Researcher 4 applies.

Depending on your experience, the minimum salary is €3.226 and the maximum salary is €5.090 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, in keeping with salary scale 10, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued
  • an enthusiastic and interdisciplinary team
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

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Job Application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume in one .pdf by 29 February 2024.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation, in which you explicitly address how your expertise links to the three subprojects.

We plan to have the interviews on the 25th and 26th March, 2024.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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Date de candidature
Up to 2 years
Sciences sociales : Psychologie et sciences cognitives, Science politique, Sciences de l'information et de la communication, Sciences environnementales