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Postdoctoral researcher 'City Museums and Multiple Colonial Pasts'

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    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Cultural studies
    Language sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    21/05/2018 22:00 - UTC
    Netherlands › Amsterdam

The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of six research schools in the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research at the University of Amsterdam, currently has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 project European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities (ECHOES). The overall project’s Principal Investigator is Professor John Oldfield (University of Hull, UK). Professor Elizabeth Buettner at the University of Amsterdam (ASH) is co-leader of two component subprojects, one of which is ‘City Museums and Multiple Colonial Pasts’. Methodology and Heritage planned in Warsaw in mid-September 2018.

Your particular focus will be on the Amsterdam Museum. You will work within a team of researchers, examining the evolution of contemporary city museums in a postcolonial context. Your obligations will include:

  • involvement with the development of an analytical framework for a comparative museum analysis;
  • exploring how Amsterdam’s postcolonial past is reflected in the city’s heritage landscape. You will closely collaborate with the Amsterdam Museum and will do research on its history, priorities, practices, and narratives;
  • doing a combination of archive work, interviews, and ethnographic fieldwork;
  • writing reports and academic articles;
  • travelling to and presenting papers at conferences abroad (inside and ideally also outside Europe);
  • building and maintaining excellent relations among researchers and museum practitioners involved in the project. This includes making occasional trips to Warsaw, where a number of the project’s researchers will be based, as well as participating in Skype conversations liaising with other international researchers every two weeks;
  • co-organizing workshops, conferences, and other events, and taking responsibility for some project administrative work. You are expected to participate in an International Workshop on Methodology and Heritage planned in Warsaw in mid-September 2018.


You will be appointed for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE ) for a maximum period of two years at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The research will be carried out under the aegis of ASH. The appointment is initially for a period of 12 months; contingent on satisfactory performance it will be extended by a maximum of 12 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.

Selection process

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may submit your application through the application procedure of Academic Transfer.

No agencies please

Additional comments

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Only qualified applicants, as detailed above, should apply.

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;
  • a full list of publications (please provide an English translation if the publication is not in English or Dutch );
  • an original article/chapter-length text (up to 10,000 words) relating directly to the research field (do not send books or theses as part of your application) and
  • the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee.

You must have completed your PhD before the start of this postdoctoral project.

Please submit your complete application no later than 21 May 2018 to this link below.

We will only consider complete applications.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We expect you to:

  • have a PhD (already examined) in History, Anthropology, Sociology, or related discipline with a focus on urban studies, (post)colonial studies, or migration studies;
  • (have a maximum of 4 years of experience post PhD);
  • have a demonstrable interest in heritage studies and/or work experience as a museum practitioner;
  • have a research and publication record commensurate with their career stage;
  • be fluent in English and excellent in Dutch;
  • have good analytical and communication skills;
  • have strong organizational skills;
  • have a cooperative, collegial attitude and willingness to work as part of a collaborative international team.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Amsterdam
1012 WX
Spui 21

EURAXESS offer ID: 302539
Posting organisation offer ID: 47032


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