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Half-time Teaching & Research Assistant Positions (m/f) in Information and Communication Sciences (PhD-track Position)

University faculty : Economics, social sciences and business administration
Department : part-time (50%) in the Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences
Grade : academic assistant
Contract : renewable fixed term contract
Category : scientific personnel
Allocation : University staff
Reference : n° 164-04 (poste Z 50000885), n° 164-09 (poste Z 50007567)


Academic environment

The University of Namur, with more than 70 programs, welcomes each year nearly 8,000 students and doctoral students, of 75 different nationalities, in law, computer science, medicine, philosophy and literature, science and social sciences. Of the University’s 1,400 employees, more than 900 actively contribute to research within 11 research institutes, 65 laboratories and research centers and 9 technological platforms. Alongside 6 other faculties, the Faculty of Economic, Social Sciences and Management nearly has 1,800 students (including 160 in time shift programs) and 250 staff members including 85 academic and 70 scientific members. It offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs in management, management engineering and economics, and undergraduate and postgraduate programs in political sciences and information and communication sciences. The Faculty members carry out cutting-edge research in numerous areas of expertise.

The candidate will be part of the Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences. The Department organizes bachelor and doctoral programs in information and communication and in political sciences. Research is organized through two research institutes, the Namur Digital Institute (NaDI) and Transitions. In the information and communication domain, it concentrates on topics related to digital media and communication. The Department actively collaborates with national and international institutions and companies, through research projects, seminars, project-based courses and student internships.

Job description

The position involves, in equal parts, teaching and research duties, as well as some service activities. Teaching (mostly in the field of digital media and communication) will be carried out within the Bachelor’s programmes. Research (approximately 50% of the work time associated with the position) will be undertaken in digital media and communication within the Research Center on Information, Law and Society (CRIDS – NaDI).


The applicant will hold by the end of June 2024 (or by the end of September 2024, with in that case a starting date on October 1st, 2024) a Master’s degree in Information and Communication (or equivalent), and is expected to have excelled in his/her curriculum (degree obtained with honours). S/he has a very good command of spoken and written French and English. S/he must display excellent teaching skills. S/he will commit to develop an original research programme likely to lead to a doctoral degree in Information and Communication supervised by a member of the Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences.

Additional information

Prof. Anne-Sophie COLLARD (Head of the Bachelor's program in information and communication), +32 (0)81 72 53 28, anne-sophie.collard@unamur.be.

All practical information needed by foreign candidates can be obtained from the website of the European researchers’ mobility portal (EURAXESS): https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/.

Starting Date: September 16, 2024 (or October 1st, 2024)

Contract: 2 year fixed-term contract, renewable five times


The application form can be downloaded from the University of Namur website (http://www.unamur.be/universite/jobs/). The filled-out form (in PDF format) should be returned before April 28th by e-mail to Prof. Natalie Rigaux, Head of the Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences (natalie.rigaux@unamur.be) and to Prof. Anne-Sophie Collard, Head of the Bachelor's program in information and communication (anne-sophie.collard@unamur.be) with a curriculum vitae, a short description in English of a future or past research (e.g., master’s thesis) and a motivation letter for the position, which includes teaching and research duties. One or more recommendation letters will be considered as an asset.

Nominated candidates will be invited to a meeting with the members of the selection committee within one month of the deadline for submission of applications. More details will be announced later.

The human resources management policy of the University of Namur is based on respect for equal rights and equal treatment for all. This diversity is articulated around different axes, including gender, disability, origin, beliefs, age, sexual orientation, etc. The University of Namur is also a signatory of the charter of diversity.