Postdoctoral Researcher Information Science / Computer Science

Postdoctoral Researcher Information Science / Computer Science

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7 May 10 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

The University of Amsterdam’s research priority area Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of Information Science or Computer Science as part of the NWO project as part of the NWO project Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research: Spatially Enhanced Publications of the Creative Industries of the Dutch Golden Age, jointly conducted by Huygens ING and the University of Amsterdam by principal applicant prof. Charles van den Heuvel and co-applicants prof. Julia Noordegraaf and prof. Gabri van Tussenbroek and in partnership with Brill and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

You will contribute to the Virtual Interiors project by translating demonstrators of specific, annotated 3D/4D reconstructions of interiors of houses in 17th-century Amsterdam (developed by the Strategic Postdoctoral Researcher of the project) into a more generic, multidimensional 'hyperspace' for conducting research from a spatial (3D) and temporal (4D) perspective. Research topics include the representation of heterogeneous and ambiguous information, facilities for organizing and annotating this information in a sustainable way in enhanced publications, and the viable exploitation of these publications in creative industries products and services.

You will be supervised by Julia Noordegraaf and Charles van den Heuvel. In order to support the generalization of the 3D/4D models as research interfaces for wider application in the fields of digital humanities, cultural heritage and creative industries the researcher will be embedded at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (supervisor Johan Oomen) and Brill (supervisor Marti Huetink).asks will include:

  • development of an interactive Virtual Research Environment;
  • development of an annotation system for the VRE, using semantic web technologies as well as manual annotations;
  • integration of the VRE in infrastructures Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Brill;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • completion of one peer reviewed article;
  • close collaboration with the other researchers of the group.

Related vacancies of the Virtual Interiors project are 'Postdoctoral Researcher Architectural History / Digital Archeology' and 'Junior Researcher Architectural History / Urban History'.


University of Amsterdam (UvA)


If you are the postdoctoral researcher we are looking for, you have:

  • a doctoral degree in Information Science or Computer Science, obtained or with a defense date set by 1 September 2018;
  • proven skills and interest in Human-Computer Interaction and Semantic Web technologies;
  • a strong background or demonstrable interest in working with humanities research and methods;
  • good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • good social and organizational skills;
  • a track record of project-based work and the ability to function in a multidisciplinary team;
  • proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment

You will be appointed for 19 hours per week (0.5 FTE ) for a maximum period of four years at the Department of Media Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The research will be carried out under the aegis of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, one of the six research schools within the Faculty of Humanities and partner of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity. The appointment is initially for a period of 12 months; contingent on satisfactory performance it will be extended by a maximum of 36 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.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.  

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity

Our mission is to explore the effects of cultural heritage in a broad sense (from material culture to art, literature, and the new media) on processes of identity formation and the effects of identities on the meanings attributed to cultural heritage.

Individuals and groups collect, preserve, and distribute the material and immaterial remains of the past in order to position themselves in time and space, to determine where they come from, to whom they belong, and where they are heading.

Heritage is our ‘cultural DNA’: material objects such as everyday objects, monuments, and architecture and immaterial forms of heritage such as values, ideas, and ritual practices are the essential building blocks of local, national, or transnational identities. Just as much as today’s genetics may work to the benefit of physical health, understanding the interactions between cultural heritage and identities contributes substantially to the quality of individual life and society.

The project Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data Research: Spatially Enhanced Publications of the Creative Industries of the Dutch Golden Age is conducted within ACHI’s research program Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective led by Julia Noordegraaf. CREATE researchers use large-scale digital data and techniques to investigate how cultural industries have shaped Amsterdam’s unique position as a Creative City in a European and global context, from the 17th century until the present day. One of the core themes is the Amsterdam Time Machine, an information system with geographical data at its core, to which the Virtual Interiors project will contribute a ‘proof of concept’.


  • Postdoc positions
  • Language and Culture
  • max. 19 hours per week, temporary
  • €3238—€3719 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 18-257


University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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