Gepubliceerd op 08-07-2022

Postdoc positions in Digitization, Media and Popular Culture, Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries (4x 0,8 FTE – 1,0 FTE)

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication is looking for 4 postdoctoral researchers. As a postdoctoral researcher, you will conduct research in the context of the Erasmus Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) or History@Erasmus. In addition, you will be a member of one of the three departments of the School: History, Arts & Culture Studies, or Media & Communication.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will conduct research in the field of (i) human AI, including digital humanities, or (ii) cultural heritage and societal change, including historical studies (both are focal areas of the Dutch Sector Plan for the Humanities).  Within these broader fields, you will develop and contribute to research focusing on the following themes or a combination thereof:

  • Digitization, culture and society;
  • Responsible design and use of AI applications, digitization and technology;
  • Cultural heritage and the creative industries;
  • Media and popular culture.

You will set up research collaborations on these topics with current staff and research groups within the School. You will publish about your research in highly qualified journals, conference proceedings, or edited volumes, preferably in the domains of media and communication, arts and culture studies, and/or historical studies. You will be expected to develop grant proposals and to contribute to the acquisition of external research funding (e.g. a Veni proposal or a Horizon Europe proposal). You will be expected to teach a limited number of courses in our Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree programs (approx. 20% of your appointment).


  • A PhD or very soon to be completed PhD degree (before December 1, 2022 at the latest) in history, arts and culture studies, media and communication, or another relevant field;
  • Strong research and methodological skills;
  • Expertise in digital research methods is considered an asset;
  • Proven affinity for empirical research, as evidenced by your research work, publications, research plans, and other projects;
  • Didactic potential. Teaching experience is desired;
  • A willingness to develop knowledge and skills in various disciplines and to increase the ability to teach a wide range of subjects within the faculty’s degree programmes;
  • Willingness to live in the Netherlands during the contract;
  • Organisational experience and skills;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English. Non-English speakers have to meet the C2-standards of the Common European Framework (CEF).

Employment is intended to start 1 November 2022 at the latest. The contract runs for a term of 2 years, after a probationary period. The contract concerns a temporary position. The conditions of employment correspond with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is subject to training and experience and corresponds to Scale 11 NU, with a minimum of € 3.974,- and a maximum of € 5.439,- gross per month on a 38 hour per week contract.  The EUR has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8.0%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and 41 annual vacation days in case of a full workweek.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.


The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)
The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The school has three departments: History,  Arts and Culture and Media & Communication. There are approximately 2500 students and over 220 employees.

ESHCC offers high quality education, based on scientific research, at the intersection of the Humanities and Social Sciences. We teach our ambitious, Dutch and international students in a stimulating learning environment. After graduation, they will have acquired the knowledge, insight and skills to make an important and inspiring contribution to an increasingly international society in which diversity plays a major role.

The ESHCC also has an ambitious research agenda. We want to strengthen our involvement in multidisciplinary research, expand the share of external funding in our total research funding and increase our social impact. Research takes place within the framework of two research centres:  ERMeCC and History@Erasmus.

ESHCC is located in the Van der Goot (M) Building on the Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Additional information can be obtained through the following links:

About the Erasmus University Rotterdam

About the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

About the Erasmus Research Centre in Media, Communication and Culture and History@Erasmus

About the History Department

About the Arts and Culture Studies Department

About the Media and Communication Department

Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained via researchoffice@eshcc.eur.nl

Your cover letter should be accompanied by a concise research proposal of no more than 750 words in which you:  a) explain the research questions on which you aim to focus in to focus in this position; b) the academic and societal relevance of the proposed research; c) the research methods you plan to use.

The selection committee will invite a small number of candidates for an interview. Candidates may be asked to present a more detailed description and/or give a short presentation as part of the application procedure.


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