Student assistant ERC project PLATFORM LABOR

Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis

Publication date
21 November 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€1,997 to €2,329 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Closing date
20 December 2018
7,6 hours per week
Vacancy number

For the ERC Starting project PLATFORM LABOR (2018-2023), the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and the Department of Media Studies are looking for a student assistant. Responsibilities will include:

  1. the maintenance of/content aggregation for the project’s research platform;
  2. the management of project-related social media, finances, and (occasional) stakeholder communication;
  3. assisting the other members of the project team with the organization of stakeholder workshops, as well as
  4. providing general administrative assistance to the project leader, Dr Niels van Doorn.

Platforms are increasingly important as institutional actors that redraw relations between civil society, the market, and the state. Yet when we consider that these relations have historically been shaped by pervasive gender, class, and racial inequalities, it becomes crucial to ask to what extent platforms – as new sites of capital accumulation, governance, and norm-making – reproduce existing inequalities and if/how they also generate new vulnerabilities or tools for empowerment. Accordingly, the Platform Labor research project aims to determine how digital platforms are changing the gendered, classed, and racialized organization of labor, life, and livelihood in societies marked by eroding welfare systems – focusing on Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York City.

Job description

The successful applicant will assist the project team in the following ways:

  • regularly update the project’s research platform and social media outlets, and send out newsletters;
  • provide administrative support for the organization of stakeholder workshops related to the team members’ subprojects, to be held in Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York City (including communication with stakeholders, speakers, and other participants);
  • assist team members with the gathering of research materials and the tracking of public discussions and events related to the project’s key themes;
  • assist the project leader with general administrative tasks pertaining to the project (including financial management and reporting).


We are looking for a candidate who:

  • is a student at the University of Amsterdam until at least the Summer of 2020;
  • has experience with organizational and administrative work, as well as strong social skills and the ability to work in a team;
  • has excellent professional English writing and speaking skills; knowledge of German is highly desirable;
  • is well-organized and has demonstrable IT and social media skills;
  • has a background or demonstrable interest in new media studies, sociology, labor studies, and/or urban studies.

Further information

For additional information, contact:


The student assistant will be appointed at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam for a period of one year, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. The gross monthly salary will be €1,997 to €2,329 based on 38 hours per week, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 February 2019.  

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Applications should include (in one single pdf):

  • a letter of motivation (max. 1 A4);
  • an up-to-date CV including all relevant experience;
  • a copy of your BA diploma including grades;
  • name and contact details of one referee.

Applications must be sent as attachments by 20 December 2018 via the link below.

All candidates will receive notification by 4 January 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week of 7 January 2019.

At this stage of the procedure, please do not send letters of reference or proofs of your academic writing.

Late or incomplete applications will be considered at the committee’s discretion. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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