3 PhD positions in Music and Platformization (2.4 FTE)

University of Groningen
March 20, 2023
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3 PhD positions in Music and Platformization (2.4 FTE) (V23.0101) Job description

Applications are invited for three fully funded, five-year PhD positions (0.8 FTE) within the research project “The Platformization of Music: Towards a Global Theory” (PlatforMuse), financed by an ERC Starting Grant and coordinated by the Principal Investigator (PI), dr. Robert Prey.

How are music streaming and social media platforms changing the working conditions and creative practices of music artists around the world? How can we better understand the transformative impact of “platformization” through the lens of music? With case studies in the Netherlands, South Korea, and Nigeria, PlatforMuse takes music as a medium through which to examine the global dynamics of platformization.

The project will employ three PhD students who will each focus on one of the case study countries in collaboration with the PI. The PhDs will work both in the Netherlands (Groningen) and in either Nigeria, South Korea, or the Netherlands for field work.

This PhD project offers a unique opportunity to work in an international environment and to acquire valuable research experience.

The PhD Project In collaboration with the other team members, you will conduct research to understand the working lives of music artists in relation to the specific historical, structural, and cultural characteristics of music platformization in your case study country. The project's aims are to examine 1) how ‘platformization' affects musicians, and 2) what musicians can teach us about ‘platformization'.

PlatforMuse is an interdisciplinary project - combining media studies, popular music studies, platform studies, cultural industries research, and ethnomusicology. You will learn skills in qualitative research methods such as walk-through and focus group interviews, ethnographic observation, online diary analysis and content tracking.

You will be expected to:

  • complete a dissertation on popular music, creative labour, and platformization in Nigeria, South Korea or the Netherlands. The dissertation may take the form of a book or a series of (co-authored) journal articles, in English
  • co-organize and contribute to reading and discussion groups with the other members of this project, and within the Center for Media and Journalism Studies
  • co-organize and contribute to the project's planned workshops and conference
  • contribute to the project's public outreach and social media activities.
  • Organisation Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has established an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative university offering high- quality teaching and research. Its 36,000 students are encouraged to develop their own individual talents through challenging study- and career paths. The University of Groningen is an international centre of knowledge: It belongs to the best research universities in Europe and is allied with prestigious partner universities and networks worldwide.

    The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5000 students and 700 staff members, who are working at the frontiers of knowledge every day. The Faculty offers a wide range of degree programmes: 15 Bachelor's programmes and over 35 Master's specialisations. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Language and Literary Studies, Linguistics and Media and Journalism Studies.

  • a Masters or Research Masters degree (obtained before the date of appointment) in any area related to the project (e.g. Media Studies, Sociology, Popular Music Studies, Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Creative/Cultural Industry Studies…) with demonstrated interest and experience in the music industry
  • proficiency in one of the case study country languages (Korean, Dutch or Nigerian Pidgin)
  • experience working/living in Nigeria, the Netherlands, or South Korea
  • experience with qualitative research methods
  • an independent, proactive work ethic
  • a flexible, mobile and internationally-oriented mentality
  • excellent academic writing skills in English.
  • Organisation Conditions of employment

    In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the University of Groningen offers you:

  • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 (salary scale P) gross per month in the fifth and final year (for a full-time position)
  • a temporary 0.8 FTE appointment for a specified period of five years. The candidate will first be appointed for twelve months. After six months, an assessment will take place of the candidate's results and the progress of the PhD project, in order to decide whether employment will be continued
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • excellent work-life balance.
  • The appointment will commence in September 2023.


    Applications should be made in English and contain the following materials:

  • a short statement (c. 500 words), explaining your motivation for applying. Clearly indicate in the title which case study country you are applying to research (Nigeria, South Korea, or the Netherlands)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • copies of MA diploma and list of grades
  • copy of MA thesis
  • if available, a copy of an article, book chapter or other academic text that you feel best represents your work
  • contact details of two academic referees (no letters of recommendation are needed for the application process).
  • Please send in your application as two PDF files (one for the MA thesis, and one for all other documents).

    You may apply for this position until 19 March 11:59pm / before 20 March 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

    Interviews with selected candidates will be held between 27 March and 7 April, 2023.

    The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https: // www. rug.nl/about- ug/policy-and-strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/

    Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https: // www. nvp- hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https: // euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

    Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


    For information you can contact:

  • Robert Prey, for information about the project, r.prey rug.nl
  • Lisanne Coolen, for questions regarding the submission procedure, l.coolen rug.nl
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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