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Postdoctoral researcher GIS - urban archaeology of the Low Countries, 1200-1500

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the ERC-project Healthscaping Urban …

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Kloveniersburgwal, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
22 - 22 uur
€ 3389 - € 4018 per maand


The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the ERC-project Healthscaping Urban Europe, led by prof. G. Geltner.

Project description

The postdoctoral researchers main project entails the collection of diverse data on preventative and curative health programs and indicators for their material impact in several Netherlandish cities, culminating in the construction of a health map concerning one of these cities. A health map is an innovative methodology developed by the existing team that seeks to bring together in a digital environment different disciplines and types of historic evidence on pre-industrial urban wellbeing. It is intended to facilitate research and exchange among scholars working on modern, pre-modern, and global contexts. Currently, much work has been done for Italy (and Bologna in particular), which will serve as a main point of reference and comparison between these two highly urbanized regions.

With regard to the Low Countries, data available for the health map of Ghent are in most advanced stage and can be further developed in close cooperation with several team members, social-urban and medical-cultural by training. Sources attesting a wide range of facilities, policies, practices and material adjustments that impacted the health and wellbeing of the urban community can be mapped and then compared/juxtaposed with other information, such as demographic and socio-economic geographic data, including but not limited to the water systems, artisanal production sites, schools, churches and the presence of animals.


Eligible applicants must have:

  • a completed PhD in medieval or urban archaeology by the time of the appointment;
  • proven significant experience working in a GIS environment;
  • research experience in Netherlandish archaeological sites and familiarity with working in local archives;
  • a research and publication record commensurate with their career stage;
  • a thorough command of (Middle) Dutch, excellent English and a working knowledge of Latin and languages pertinent to the field’s professional literature;
  • a theoretical background in urban studies and material culture;
  • a strong creative and cooperative attitude and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • strong organizational skills;

Specialist knowledge of premodern medical history (theory, policy and practice) is an advantage.


The postdoctoral researcher will be appointed for 22,8 hours per week (0,6 fte) for a maximum period of 21 months at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The research will be carried out under the aegis of ASH. The appointment is initially for a period of 6 months; contingent on satisfactory performance it will be extended by a maximum of 15 months.

The intended starting date of the contract is 1 January 2020. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €3,389 to €4,018 depending on experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Additional information

For further information, please contact:

An overview of the Healthscaping project is available at: premodernhealthscaping.hcommons.org.