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Wanted: two Teaching Assistants Computational Social Science!

Published on 13-09-2022
Are you passionate about social sciences? Would you like to help first year students learn all about theoretical concepts, research methods and tools in a collaborative setting? We are looking for a new team of Teaching Assistants (TA) and you may just be one of them!
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What is your study programme?

In September 2022, a brand new Bachelor’s programme at the UvA welcomed its first students: Computational Social Science. This interdisciplinary programme is a collaboration between the faculties of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), Science (FNWI) and Humanities (FGw).

Students will learn how to analyse ‘real world’ data on complex societal issues such as climate change, global health and digital surveillance to identify opportunities for (behavioural) change and to design evidence-based intervention strategies. They will programme hands-on tools that support sustainable digital innovation and contribute to making the world a better place!

Computational Social Science is an English-taught programme with a unique curriculum that is solely made up of project driven, semester-long courses of 30 EC.
More information can be found here: link

What will you be doing?
Our exciting curriculum is primarily project-based and therefore contains a significant amount of group work. As a TA, you will mostly be supporting students as they develop these projects. You will be asked to be physically present in our Common Learning Space during your scheduled hours to be available to students for questions and guidance.  

Practical matters
Applicants must be available to work on site at the JK building on Roeterseiland Campus on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Exact hours are to be determined by mutual agreement. The number of working hours per week for which you will be hired will be aligned with your availability. In general, we expect a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week. 

Initial appointment is for the Fall 2022 semester. Extension to Spring 2023 and beyond is possible. 

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for friendly, approachable and above all enthusiastic TAs who are willing and able to engage with undergraduate students. You will need to know how to recognise and hold the line between guiding students’ independent learning and doing students’ work for them. Experience in teaching or group facilitation would be an asset. 

Computational Social Science draws from Political Science and Sociological theory, primary research skills, as well as practical skills in communication and stakeholder outreach. We do not expect you to have expertise in all these areas, but you must be willing to learn and keep up with the basics of our students’ curriculum (there will be paid time allowed for this). 

Experience in two or more of the following areas is preferred: 

  • Levels of analysis 
  • Structure/agency debate 
  • Wicked problems, especially climate change or digital surveillance
  • Theories of behavioural change 
  • Writing executive summaries 
  • Creating infographics 
  • Survey design 
  • In-depth interviewing 
  • Statistics 
  • Stakeholder outreach and management 
  • Design thinking 
  • ATLAS.ti 
  • Qualtrics 

Note: this job does not require programming skills.

You must have excellent command of English (spoken and written); advanced Dutch is a significant asset. 

Master’s students preferred; senior-year Bachelor’s students will be considered. Students with a compelling non-academic background (entrepreneurship, community organising, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Are you excited to join our programme team and help educate a new generation of computational social scientists? Please send an email about yourself and your motivation for the position of TA Computational Social Science to Lisa van Pappelendam, Programme Manager for Computational Social Science: A.L.vanPappelendam@uva.nlExternal link

You are invited to reply as soon as possible but by September 25, 2022 at the latest. We will be reviewing applications along the way and not merely after the closing date.