University of Amsterdam PhD Candidate Position in Corporate Communication 2017, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jun 06, 2017

Deadline: Jun 14, 2017

PhD candidate position in Corporate Communication

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Amsterdam School of Communication Research

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR is the research institute in Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam. It is the largest research institute of its kind in Europe. More than 50 senior researchers are permanently associated with ASCoR, and its English-language PhD program has more than 35 students.

We currently have a PhD vacancy in the program group Corporate Communication on the project ‘Causes, content and consequences of the media debate on retirement age: an analysis of intergenerational conflict’, supervised by dr  Martine van Selm, dr Iina Hellsten and prof. Rens Vliegenthart.

Project description

The PhD project focuses on the debate on raising the retirement age in the Netherlands. The debate invokes a conflict between generations of employees and includes a wide variety of stakeholders from formal government officials, workers’ unions and insurance companies to participants in more informal online public discussions. The project studies the causes, content and consequences of the retirement age debate on intergenerational conflict in the news media, organizational media, and on social media from 2007 to 2017. The first study uses (semi-)automated methods to analyze the antecedents of content characteristics debate, in particular the stakeholder networks and the semantic content of their arguments. The second study applies in-depth, manual methods to the analysis of the content of the debate in terms of issue-specific frames and metaphors, in particular in relation to the intergenerational conflict. The third study conducts an experiment to measure the effects of framing of the intergenerational conflict in the debate. The overall aim of the multi-theory, multi-method project is to develop a framework for containing oppositional stakeholder positions and developing tools for improving a civic discourse on issues with far reaching social and economic implications. In particular, the project aims to advance theoretical perspectives on corporate communication by focusing on a debate that blurs the boundaries between organizations’ internal and external communications.


The PhD candidate should:

  • hold a (Research) Master’s degree in communication science or disciplines and fields relevant to the project, or have equivalent qualifications. Candidates who are due to graduate before 1 October 2017 are also welcome to apply;
  • excel academically, as shown in the grade transcripts and curriculum vitae;
  • have elaborate experience with quantitative research methods, notably content analysis, network analysis, and experimental design, as indicated in their Master thesis and/or courses taken;
  • have an excellent written and spoken command of English (good command of Dutch is preferred);
  • have excellent organizational skills;
  • have a strong wish to pursue an academic career.

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