Postdoctoral fellow language technology & semantic web - Humanities Cluster KNAW - Amsterdam

Postdoctoral fellow language technology & semantic web - Humanities Cluster KNAW - Amsterdam

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5 Oct 24 Oct Amsterdam

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Job description

As a DHLab researcher, you are responsible for initiating and carrying out innovative research in the realm of digital humanities. Part of your responsibilities will be co-developing and evaluating language and semantic web technology related to smell in the context of the H2020 Odeuropa project. The Odeuropa project is an interdisciplinary project funded by the European Union in which historians, museologists and digital humanities researchers work together on tracing smells through time. Besides this, DHLab provides you with the opportunity to advance your own research line, which ideally intersects with research themes already present at KNAW HuC. Supervision of graduate students is an option.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • A PhD and an outstanding track record in the area of language technology and/or semantic web applied to humanities or a related application area (e.g. cultural heritage, social science);
  • Demonstrable affinity and experience at a methodological level with innovative digital and computational methods and techniques;
  • Demonstrable ability to build bridges between computational research and the humanities, including working together with colleagues from different disciplines;
  • Ability to cooperate in a stimulating and creative manner with other researchers.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably also Dutch;
  • Proven organisational and administrative skills;
  • Experience with cultural heritage data and Python is a plus.

Conditions of employment

The appointment at the HuC Digital Humanities Research Lab is for 26,6 to 38 hours a week for a period of two years.

Depending on education and experience, the salary amounts to at least € 3.807,- gross per month and a maximum of € 5.211,- gross per month (scale 11 CAO-NU) for full-time employment, excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. KNAW offers an attractive pension scheme, 6 weeks of holiday per year, the possibility to buy or sell holiday leave, as well as career development opportunities.


Humanities Cluster

The KNAW Humanities Cluster is a vibrant research community that is home to over 87 researchers from a wide variety of humanities subdisciplines (history, art history, literary culture, linguistics, social science history, and ethnology).

The strong computational methodological focus of DHLab delivers an innovative impetus to these fields and their research projects. KNAW HuC is housed in several monumental buildings in downtown and east Amsterdam and offers excellent research support via its business office and a dedicated grant team. Free coffee.

The DHLab team is made up of ten socially engaged researchers that all work at the forefront of computational methodological innovation in their fields. DHLab promotes open science by making available data sets and software packages they produce.


  • Postdoc
  • 26.6—38 hours per week
  • €3807—€5211 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2021-146


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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