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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 …

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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 researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs in the field of cultural heritage? Please apply for this position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1,0

Job description
Cultural heritage in the daily living environment and in public space, is to a large degree socio-politically grounded. Heritage boards are traditionally key actors in the definition, use and management of cultural heritage, especially where cultural landscapes are concerned. However, in most cases management strategies lack theoretical and methodological reflection. Your aim will be to develop a critical, comparative analysis of the ways in which heritage landscapes are protected, appropriated and used throughout Europe. You will identify and compare different models of use of heritage landscapes, and investigate their socio-political and spatial entanglement. You will focus on (differentiation between) official management policies, charters and discourses of heritage boards at local, regional and (inter-)national levels, their explicit or implicit social and political motivations, spatial concerns, methods and tools employed, desired effects and degree of accordance or conflict with use models of other sectors and of diverse stakeholder groups.
You will develop a cross-European, comparative study on heritage management strategies and their socio-political drivers and analyse three case studies at heritage agencies in the Netherlands, Italy and England during secondments or research stays.

Your duties

  • carry out research and training as scheduled in a Personal Career Development Plan
  • complete secondments in the Netherlands, Italy and England
  • 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 write a PhD dissertation


  • an (R)MA/MSc or MPhil degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Heritage Studies, (Art-/Architectural) History, Archaeology, European Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural or Human 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, knowledge of Dutch and Italian will be favoured
  • 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

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter and a sample of writing before 01/04/2019.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: dr. Linde Egberts
Position: Assistant professor Heritage Studies
E-mail: l.r.egberts@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 87647

Relocation support
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
E-mail: s.hasanefendic@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 87170

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