PHD GAMIFICATION AND GAME-BASED LEARNING FOR COLLABORATIVE HERITAGE PLANNING
Would you like to be trained to become part of a new generation of cultural heritage managers and to work, with a prestigious European fellowship, in an …
- De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 40 uur
- € 2325 - € 2835 per maand
Would you like to be trained to become part of a new generation of cultural heritage managers and to work, with a prestigious European fellowship, in an international and multidisciplinary team of heritage researchers? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Location: Amsterdam (NL), with secondments in Warsaw (PL) and Ispra (It)
The affordances of serious games and commercial of-the-shelf games as educational strategies are highlighted in recent literature. This project will explore how students, professionals and stakeholders can be trained in collaborative heritage planning through digital game-based learning. You will be hosted by the Spatial Information Laboratory (SPINlab) and the CLUE+ institute at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which have contributed substantially to the above-mentioned literature. For the theoretical part of the project, you will scrutinize the specific demands that heritage planning makes on digital game-based learning, including training participants to appreciate the historical layeredness of the landscape (temporal change), the relationship with intangible heritage and the potential to improve the area through new uses of the heritage. In addition, you will investigate how game-based learning can support participants to share their views and proposals for change with others participating in collaborative heritage planning projects. You will engage with experts on gamification at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (through a secondment in Ispra) and develop a framework for adapting the affordances of game-based learning to these specific needs. For the empirical part, you will apply and evaluate the framework in practice in educational settings in the Netherlands and in Poland (secondment in Warsaw).
- Carry out research and training as scheduled in a Personal Career Development Plan;
- Complete secondments in Poland and Italy;
- Actively contribute to the activities of the HERILAND training network, including network-wide workshops, surveys and Living Labs, the HERILAND Handbook for Heritage Planning, project reports, a traveling exhibition and a final conference;
- Deliver oral and poster presentations at academic conferences;
- Write at least 2 peer reviewed papers together with your supervisors and complete a PhD dissertation
- An (R)MA/MSc or MPhil degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Educational Studies, Gamification, Spatial planning, Urban studies, Digital Humanities, (Historical) Geography);
- Excellent research skills; research experience by means of scientific publications will be favoured (e.g. conference papers, journal articles, book chapters);
- Excellent written and spoken English;
- Strong cooperative attitude, strong organizational skills, willingness to engage in international, interdisciplinary collaborative research and a willingness to travel for research, workshops, conferences and secondments;
- Following the EU Marie Curie eligibility criteria, the researcher to be appointed must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Moreover, he/she shall at the date of recruitment be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of the research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts € 2.325,- per month during the first year and increases to € 2.835,- per month during the third year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile (promovendus) is based on the university job ranking system.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 2 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- contribution to commuting allowance based on public transport
- optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
- a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter and a a sample of writing (e.g. your Master’s thesis and where applicable prior conference papers and journal articles) before 01/04/2019.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Niels van Manen
Position: Assistant professor Spatial Digital Humanities
Telephone: +31 20 59 86125
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Sandra Hasanefendic
Position: Consultant on International PhD Recruitment
Telephone: +31 20 5987170
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