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Postdoctoral Researcher Architectural History / Digital Archaeology

The University of Amsterdam’s research priority area Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3238 - € 3719 per maand


The University of Amsterdam’s research priority area Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Architectural History or Digital Archaeology (17th-century) as part of the NWO project Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research: Spatially Enhanced Publications of the Creative Industries of the Dutch Golden Age, jointly conducted by Huygens ING and the University of Amsterdam by principal applicant prof. Charles van den Heuvel and co-applicants prof. Julia Noordegraaf and prof. Gabri van Tussenbroek and in partnership with Brill and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

You will contribute to the Virtual Interiors project by conceptualizing and developing 3D/4D models of interiors of houses that serve as interactive visual interfaces to the vast amount of textual and visual descriptions of objects of the creative industries in the households of Amsterdam in the Dutch Golden Age, as well as a variety of (un)structured contextual data. These models, based on archival research (supported by the Junior Researcher of the project), will build upon the historical GIS of the creative industries of Amsterdam (developed by the PhD of the project) and serve as input for a Virtual Research Environment for analysis and annotation of historical data for research of the creative industries (developed by the Embedded Postdoctoral Researcher of the project). For the creation of such dynamic models, the candidate needs to be able to handle changes over time of heterogeneous information with multiple levels of uncertainty and complex methodological issues.

Tasks will include:

  • researching, building and publishing the interiors of two houses of the Dutch Golden Age in 3D/4D;
  • completion of two peer reviewed articles;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences, and publications in proceedings and journals;
  • close collaboration with the other researchers of the group (including on issues not directly connected to one’s own project, such as supporting the management and coordination of the project and its dissemination activities).

Related vacancies of the Virtual Interiors project are 'Postdoctoral Researcher Information Science / Computer Science' and 'Junior Researcher Architectural History / Urban History'.


If you are the postdoctoral researcher we are looking for, you have:

  • a doctoral degree in a relevant field (such as Architecture, History or Archaeology), obtained or with a defense data set by 1 September 2018;
  • proven skills in and affinity with 3D modeling methods and software;
  • a strong background or demonstrable interest in working with Dutch 17th-century archival textual and visual sources;
  • good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • good social and organizational skills;
  • a track record of project-based work and the ability to function in a multidisciplinary team;
  • proficiency in Dutch and English.


You will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE ) for a maximum period of three years at the Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The research will be carried out under the aegis of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, one of the six research schools within the Faculty of Humanities and partner of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity. The appointment is initially for a period of 12 months; contingent on satisfactory performance it will be extended by a maximum of 24 months. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 September 2018. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €3,238 to €3,722 depending on your experience and qualifications. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additional information

For any additional information, you may contact:

You may send your application as attachment before 11 June 2018 via this link.

Your application should include:

1. a full academic CV

2. other requested documents in one PDF file (not zipped), consisting of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • at least one letter of recommendation;
  • demos of earlier work (if available);
  • a copy of your diploma.

We will interview shortlisted candidates in the week of 9 to 13 July 2018.