The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) has a vacancy for a postdoctoral position as part of the broader ‘Human(e) AI‘ research priority area, with a focus on the domain ‘data and platforms’. The AHM is one of five research schools within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

Job description

In this project, you will investigate what digital techniques and methods can be used to make a connection between the sources and stories of (groups of) citizens about their own history and identity, and the sources and stories that can be found in heritage collections. Specifically, the project focuses on our collaboration with the Municipality of Amsterdam and other partners in the Master Plan Zuidoost. You will develop a conceptual-theoretical framework for such a digitally-technologically supported, community-driven approach to heritage, culture and history, as well as contribute to the practical implementation of a prototype environment for this collection and presentation that aligns with the project in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Within the faculty research program and the CREATE Lab, you will be supported in this endeavor by researchers, programmers, and the project manager of the Amsterdam Time Machine. The interfaculty research priority area Human(e) AI and the Cultural and Civic AI Labs provide a context for collaboration with AI researchers.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • conduct research, present interim research results at workshops and conferences and publish two peer-reviewed articles;
  • participate in meetings of the research project team and develop a shared database;
  • co-organize meetings aimed at sharing knowledge.

What we ask of you

Your experience and profile:

  • PhD in history, media studies, human geography, sociology or a related SSH discipline, or in computer science or information science with demonstrable affinity with history;
  • affinity with working with cultural data and digital methods for accessing and presenting that data;
  • demonstrable experience in publishing in leading international scientific journals;
  • demonstrable experience in presenting scientific results at international conferences;
  • enthusiasm for/affinity with transferring academic research to non-academic target groups;
  • excellent social, communication and organizational skills;
  • good oral and written command of Dutch and English.

Please note! We also welcome applications from non-native Dutch speakers.

Experience with working with population groups from Amsterdam Zuidoost or a relationship with the city district is an advantage.

What we offer

The postdoc researcher is appointed at the Media Studies department of the Faculty of Humanities. The research falls under the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture. We offer an employment contract for a period of one year. In case of good performance, this period is extended by one year. The employment is for 30.4-38 hours/week. Preferably, the employment period starts on 1 October 2022.

Depending on knowledge and experience, the salary is a minimum of € 3,974 and a maximum of € 5,439 (scale 11) gross per month, based on 38 hours/week. This excludes 8% holiday and 8.3% year-end bonus. The collective labor agreement for Dutch Universities applies.

What else do we offer?

  • A position where personal initiative and input are highly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and professional team;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam;
  • excellent training and development opportunities.


For questions about the position or department, please contact:

Prof. dr. (Julia) Noordegraaf, Professor of Digital Heritage

T: +31 (0)6 172 50 595

Application process

If you recognize yourself in the profile and are interested in the position, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online from the vacancy page on the UvA website.

Your application should contain the following files (presented in one .pdf):

  • a motivation letter;
  • a research proposal of 800-1000 words, explaining how you would approach the project thematically, conceptually and methodologically, within the timeline of the appointment of 2 years;
  • a detailed resume, including a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references.

The deadline for applications is September 27, 2022. Applications that we receive after this date, as well as applications that are not sent via the link or are not complete, will unfortunately not be accepted.

Interviews will take place at the end of September.

Vacancy details

University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities
Education level: Doctorate
Job type: Scientific Personnel
Closing date: September 27, 2022
Vacancy number: 9770