Gepubliceerd op 14-02-2017

Vacature: PhD candidate Digital heritage ‘Mining transnational reference cultures in multilingual and multimedia repositories’ Utrecht University (Deadline 5 March)

Job description
The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint one PhD student for the project “Digital heritage: Mining transnational reference cultures in multilingual and multimedia repositories’”, funded by means of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA)- Innovative Training Networks (ITN) grant for the project “Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe” (CHEurope) in which the Cultural History group participates.

This PhD project will investigate how transnational references to cultural heritage can decentre canonical and unilinear conceptions of national heritage, and help to articulate the emergence of both shared European citizenship and contested identities. The candidate should develop a research focus which may concentrate on the (trans)national ownership, access, and uses of digital heritage collections; the transnational influences on standards for data and metadata architectures; challenges of text mining in multilingual, multicultural, or multimedia heritage corpora; or the ways policy decisions on digitalization and connection of heritage collections are informed by transnational contexts.


  • Eligible applicants for ESR Fellowship (equivalent to a PhD position) must be in possession of a Master’s degree in History or a related field, and preferably have experience with heritage studies;
  • Candidates must have an International outlook, be willing to work in an international, interdisciplinary team, and in command of excellent oral and writing skills in English;
  • Candidates must have an affinity with digital tools and both quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Applicants must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Research experience is calculated from the date they obtained a qualification (Masters or equivalent) allowing them to embark on a doctorate;
  • At the time of their recruitment, candidates must not have legally resided or have had their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (short stays such as holidays are not counted)
  • Researchers can be nationals of any country other than the Netherlands, where they will carry out their project.
  • During their research, the candidates must accept to be seconded in partner organisations as scheduled in their research description.

The recruited ESRs shall be appointed with an employment or scholarship/fellowship contract for 36 months and be offered the basic living allowance for the ESR Fellowships plus mobility and family allowance (if applicable) according to the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 criteria.

The position can be offered for 1.0 FTE, start date from 1 May 2017 onwards. The appointment is for an initial period of 18 months which, after a satisfactory first period, will be extended by another 18 months (3 years in total), with a gross monthly salary on a fulltime basis starting at €2,191 in the first year, ending at €2,672 in the third year, consistent with the Collective Employment Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are set by the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. More information: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has approximately 900 employees and 7000 students. The faculty covers four areas of knowledge: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Cultural Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication.

Through education and research in these areas the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe within an ever changing social and cultural context. Our enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent facilities in Utrecht’s historic centre, where the faculty has its home, make for an inspiring working climate.

Additional information
Please find on the NWO website: a brief project summary Critical Heritage Studies

Enquiries can be made to Jaap Verheul, j.verheul@uu.nl. An extended research description is available upon request.

Written applications should address each of the criteria mentioned under qualifications, and include the following documents:

  • a cover letter (1 page) specifying the research theme selected and outlining why they are suitable for the position, and their preference in terms of host organisation;
  • curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages);
  • a short description of their research project (max. 7 pages). The research proposals must be related to the five themes of the project, without necessarily correspond to the examples of individual research projects described in the project’s proposal;
  • copy of relevant diplomas and grades;
  • copy of a recent academic publication (max. 30 pages) or a recent paper or thesis;
  • names and contact details of two referees.

Candidates who make the shortlist will be invited for an interview. These may be conducted in person in Utrecht or via Skype. Interviews are scheduled to take place in the week of 20 March 2017. 

Please use the application button below to apply. The application deadline is 5 March 2017 11.59 PM CET+1.


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