Lab Manager AI, Media & Democracy Lab 2022 Faculty of Law - Department of Jurisprudence

Publication date17 December 2021
Closing date31 January 2022
Level of educationHBO/Bachelor’s degree
Hours32 to 38 hours per week
Salary indication€2,836 to €4,474 gross per month
Vacancy number 7855

Are you looking for a challenging job in a dynamic setting? The AI, Media & Democracy Lab is looking for a Lab Manager.

What are you going to do?

As a Lab Manager of the AI, Media & Democracy Lab, you will be working closely together with researchers from the different departments and the media partners, societal partners and City of Amsterdam. An important part of your activities will be to build and organise the lab community, reach out to, and maintain relationships with external partners, represent the lab in planning meetings, e.g. in the context of the NLAIC ELSA Steering Committee, and help us organise internal and external events and outreach activities. As the acquisition of external funds is an important part of the activities of the lab, you are expected to support the researchers in the formation of consortia and writing of research grants, in close cooperation with the involved partners and the Amsterdam IXA Exchange. As the first contact person for the project, you are someone with excellent communication skills.


organize the activities of the lab;
set up a newsletter and social media;
maintain contacts with external stakeholders and act as a first contact for the project;
community organisation; management of relations with project co-workers and work with colleagues in the lab;
prepare and organize project meetings and assist in (the organization of) dissemination activities like workshops, website, conferences and publications;
financial management and reporting, in close cooperation with the UvA project control department;
support in acquisition and proposal writing.


What do we require?

Experience with scientific research and affinity with the subject matter is an advantage. Experience in project management and writing project proposals and understanding subsidy schemes and understanding project administrative issues, finances, procedures, legal issues, and organization is a must, as are strong communication and organisational skills.

Furthermore you:

are fluently in Dutch/English speaking/writing;
are capable of operating both independently with own authority, based on knowledge, expertise and experience, as within a team where you are willing to handle each other’s work where necessary;
are capable of working independently with multiple stakeholders, both inside and outside the university;
have a creative mind in setting up new projects and converting ideas into practice;
have a demonstrate a service-oriented attitude towards the goal of the consortium and proposal;
are willing to perform both high- and low-level tasks in relevant projects;
are capable of maintaining a high level, sometimes intercultural network.


Our offer

We offer a temporary full-time or part-time contract (32 – 38 hours) for the period of one year. The preferred starting date is 1 March 2022. Upon positive evaluation and satisfactory performance, you will be offered a permanent contract.

The gross monthly salary based on full-time employment (38 hours per week) ranges from €2.836 up to a maximum of €4.474 (salary scale 10). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The starting salary will be based on qualifications, expertise and relevant experience. The profile Projectmanager is applicable in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU)

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

What else do we offer?

A position where own initiative and input are highly valued;
An enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues;
An inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.


About us

The AI, Media & Democracy Lab is a collaboration between the UvA’s research teams Human(e) AI and ICDS (Information, Communication and the Data Society), the CWI’s research groups Human-Centered Data Analytics, Distributed and Interactive Systems, and Intelligent and Autonomous Systems, and the HvA lectorates Responsible IT, Network Cultures, Civic Interaction Design, Crossmedia, and Visual Methodologies.

The AI, Media & Democracy Lab focuses on how AI and digital technology are transforming media and democracy. The researchers will tackle specific issues surrounding the use of AI in the media, such as ways to develop more people-oriented and diverse systems or the possible role of chatbots in news provision. In addition, they and the various partners in the lab will think about what the media of tomorrow should look like. To this end, the lab will bring together fundamental and applied research in the fields of law, ethics, communication science, media studies and computer science. For more information about the lab, please find the website of the AI, Media and Democracy Lab here.


The Amsterdam Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programs, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other faculties, as well as a variety of Master’s programs, several of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 5,000 students and over 500 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterized by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society. Here you can read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.



Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

Prof. dr. Natali Helberger, University Professor Law and Digital Technology:, in cc
Prof. dr. Claes de Vreese, University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Society:


Job application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 February 2022. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • any other required information.


We will invite potential candidates for interviews within 1 week after the closing date. Interviews will take place beginning of February.


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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