The Brussels School of Governance is looking for a PhD Researcher on Social Media Narratives: Apply Now!!!

The Brussels School of Governance is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.

Application Deadline: 01 May 2024 

More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains: 

As a PhD student you will develop a research project on the empirical analysis of narratives and narrative dynamics on social media. Importantly, the envisaged research project should be situated at the intersections of CD2I’s research lines on information distrust and disorder and on innovations in digital research.


What do we expect from you?

  • You hold a Master’s degree in the domain of digital humanities, computational linguistics, media and communication studies, or other relevant fields in human, social or engineering sciences with excellent study results. 
  • You have a good knowledge of and hands-on experience with computational methods for text analysis, in particular with applications to corpora scraped from social media;
  • You have excellent academic writing skills;
  • You know and understand the relevant academic literature;
  • You are flexible, self-motivated and perseverant;
  • You are able to work independently, with good self-management and planning skills;
  • You are fluent and have excellent communications skills in English. Knowledge of additional languages is an asset;
  • Having an interdisciplinary profile that combines a background in the humanities or social sciences with computer science or related fields is a plus. 
  • You have not performed any works in the execution of a mandate as an assistant, paid from operating resources, over a total (cumulated) period of more than 12 months.

The VUB wants to be a reflection of the society where everyone’s talent is valued, regardless of gender, age, religion, skin color, migration background, disability and neurodiversity.


Are you going to be our new colleague?

You’ll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship, for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/10/2024

You’ll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.

IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of your enrolment as a doctorate student at the university.

At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

As well as this, you will also enjoy various other benefits:

  • Extensive homeworking options, a telework allowance of 50 euros per month OR an internet fee of 20 euros per month;
  • An open and informal working environment where attention is paid to work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract), closure between Christmas and New Year and 3 extra leave days;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
  • Full reimbursement of your home-to-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, and/or compensation if you come by bike; 
  • A wide selection of meals in our campus restaurants at attractive prices;
  • Excellent and affordable facilities for sport and exercise, a range of discounts via Benefits@Work (in  all kinds of shops, on flights, in petrol stations, amusement parks…) and Ecocheques
  • Nursery near campus, discount on holiday camps
  • The space to form your job content and to continuously learn through our VUB learning platforms and training courses;
  • And finally: great colleagues with a healthy drive.

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Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?

Then apply, at the latest on 01/05/2024via, and upload the following documents:

  • A one-page motivation letter 
  • A curriculum vitae listing all academic qualifications, relevant research experience and previous publications (if any) 
  • A project proposal featuring a literature review, a research question and proposed hypotheses/assumptions, a methodological outline and an indicative work plan, condensed into no more than 3,000 words 
  • A copy of the highest obtained diploma and transcript of academic grades 
  • A copy of a publication (master thesis, academic report or a paper of a university class) 
  • Candidates must also provide the names and contact details of two referees. Referees are requested to send their letters of recommendation duly signed directly to [email protected]

You can start as of 1 October or as soon as possible thereafter.

Do you need a reasonable accommodation? Please inform us via [email protected]  

Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Tom Willaert or Trisha Meyer at [email protected] or [email protected] or on +32 2 614 80 01.

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