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Wanted: student assistants for the Streaming the Past project

2 February 2021

For the Streaming the Past project we are looking for three student-assistants. Streaming the Past is a science communication project in which we share research and knowledge about the past to citizens using livestreams on Twitch.

These livestreams are Let’s Plays of video games set in, related to, or otherwise informative of the past and a VodCast.

For the Let’s Plays we are looking for students willing to stream and play games, at the same time discussing knowledge of the past with the audience as well as with (Leiden University) researchers live on Twitch.

If you get a position, you will be working together with the two other student assistants, who will also undertake Let’s Plays. Together with an editor in chief, you will form the editorial team. The editorial team is supervised and supported by the advisory board (consisting of staff members of the Faculty of Archaeology and Humanities).


All three positions are for 0.2 fte/week (i.e. this is 8 hours a week). A work schedule will be set together with your supervisors and other team members but will at least include one afternoon/early evening per week.

As a student-assistant of Streaming the Past you will be expected to:

  • Livestream videogames for 3-4 hours a week in a studio at Leiden University.
  • Do independent preparatory work for the contents of these livestreams (about 2-3 hours/week).
  • Meet with editorial team members and/or advisory board for 1-2 hours/week.
  • You will also be asked to aid in the production of the The Week’s Past VodCast.

Student Assistants will receive a salary at the SA scale of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO; link to scales in Dutch) at step 2-4 (i.e. depending on their year of study).

Requirements, Qualifications, and Learning

You can apply if you:

  • are currently a registered student at a Dutch higher education institution.
  • are available for the full duration of the project from April 2021 until March 2022 and registered as a student at least until two months before the end of the project.
  • can travel to Leiden on a weekly basis (if allowed by current coronavirus regulations).
  • are fluent in English. Fluency in Dutch is desired, but not mandatory.
  • are willing to have your voice and image be live-recorded and broadcast via the online live-streaming service of Twitch.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a passion and aptitude for science communication. This entails talking with experts and distilling their specialist and current scientific knowledge so that a large, non-specialist audience can understand it. If you have demonstrable experience with public or science communication, this is a plus!
  • Have a broad and general understanding of the past, its related themes, and its academic study. This includes, but is not limited to e.g. students of (art) history, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, classical studies, medieval studies, (post-)colonial studies, heritage studies, museology, or political science. We also encourage you to apply if you are not a student specializing in the study of the past, but have gained demonstrable experience and comprehension through other ways.
  • Have a broad knowledge of games, particularly historical games, and the popular culture around them, specifically Twitch livestream culture and have demonstrable experience with gaming (i.e. we are not necessarily looking for pro-gamers, but you should be able to find your way around most games).
  • Are comfortable to work in direct interaction with an online audience and in front of a camera. This entails excellent communication skills, the ability to engage potentially large, wide, and diverse audiences as well as think on your feet and multi-task. Preferably you have some experience already with live-streaming or video production.
  • Can deal with situations in which they need to work and make decisions independently but also switch to working and making decisions as part of a team.

In addition to this, but unrelated to your personal qualifications, we will also be looking to create a diverse team of live-streamers.

What you will learn:

  • We will teach you to how to produce high quality livestreams, including how to work with professional stream recording software and hardware.
  • Through our guidance and by gaining experience you will learn to quickly and efficiently do background research into any topic having to deal with the past and/or games. 
  • As a host of the Let’s Plays, you will learn a lot about how to have knowledge-driven and fun discussions with guest experts.
  • You will learn how to work as part of an editorial and production team, by planning and producing content together.

Application and more information

Does this look like a job for you? Then this is what you need to do to submit an application.

Before the 21st of February at 23:59, send the following to a.a.a.mol@hum.leidenuniv.nl:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter in which you let us know your motivation for this position, guarantee your availability for the duration of the project, and tell us of any relevant information with regards to experience, interest, and/or aptitude for science communication, broad understanding of the past, broad knowledge of games, and communication and teamwork skills.
  • An up to date, 1-page CV, which includes relevant education, skills, and experience.
  • A link to a 1-2 minute video in which you show us how you would introduce a livestream of Streaming the Past. This includes greeting your audience, introducing the game you will be playing, and giving a brief ‘pitch’ about why this will be fun/engaging and explaining why the audience should watch this stream if they want to find out more about the past. Please note that you are free to choose any game you like, and that we will evaluate this video in terms of communication and presentation skills, not on its production quality.

If you have any further questions about this position or how to apply for it, please contact a.a.a.mol@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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