Postdoctoral researcher PRESERVARE - Huygens Amsterdam

Postdoctoral researcher PRESERVARE - Huygens Amsterdam

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7 May 2 Jun Amsterdam

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Job description

Locatie: Amsterdam
Max uren per week: 32,00
Max salaris: 5.929
Duur overeenkomst: 48 maanden
Solliciteer t/m: 02-06-2024

The Huygens Institute (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher for the project PRESERVARE (32 hrs) in The Netherlands

PRESERVARE. Large-scale conservation of perishable foodstuffs in the Low Countries, 1600-1800 is a European Research Council-funded Consolidator Grant (ERC CoG) led by Dr. Marieke Hendriksen and hosted by the Huygens Institute/NL-Lab of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam.

The project researches the production and exchange of academic, trade, and lay knowledge of food preservation through a unique combination of archival research, digital techniques, archaeological finds, and historical reconstructions.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a background in the history of early modern knowledge, preferably with a focus on chemistry, to join the project on 1 February 2025. The reason for this early recruitment is that we would like the postdoc to be involved in the hiring process of two PhD candidates who will start at the same moment. This four-year position is aimed at developing a history of concepts and practices of fermentation in the early modern Low Countries through preservation as an analytical category and the use of reconstructions.

The postdoctoral researcher will physically be based at the Huygens Institute in Amsterdam, in the departments Knowledge– and Art Practices and NL-Lab, taking up a central role in the interdisciplinary research team consisting of historians, data scientists, archaeologists, and food conservation experts.

To apply, we expect the candidate to write a research proposal that fits within the overall framework of the PRESERVARE project. Close collaboration with all team members is a prerequisite. The postdoctoral position will be mentored by Dr. Marieke Hendriksen.

The position starts on 1 February 2025.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


The ideal candidate:
  • Has finished their PhD on a related topic (at the start of the appointment);
  • Is fluent in English;
  • Can read Dutch and either speaks Dutch or is willing to learn Dutch fluently as soon as possible;
  • Preferably can read sources in at least one other modern European language;
  • Can read sources in Latin;
  • Has a background in the history of early modern knowledge, preferably with a focus on chemistry;
  • Is both a team player and an independent thinker and researcher;
  • Can think outside the box;
  • Is interested in and willing to participate in reconstruction research;
  • Resides or is willing to reside in The Netherlands at the start of employment and throughout the duration of the employment.

To apply please submit:
  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal (max. 1000 words + bibliography)
  • CV
  • Writing sample, e.g. a published paper or a thesis chapter
  • 2 names and contact details of referees (no letters of recommendation required)

Please notice that you should first complete the application by uploading your CV and motivation letter, than you will receive login details for the system. And when you login you will be able to upload additional documents.

Please upload all documentsinto the system after finishing your application with Cv and motivation letter and you hv received a login, by May 31, 2024.

Interviews will take place in the week of June 10, 2024.

For questions about the content of the postdoctoral position, contact Marieke Hendriksen (click on the name to send an email for information)

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

Employment conditions
Depending on education and experience, the salary amounts to a minimum of €4.332,- and a maximum of €5.929,- gross per month for full time employment (scale 11 collective agreement Dutch Universities/KNAW) . This excludes 8% vacation pay, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet and home working allowance and pension accrual with the ABP.

The KNAW offers its employees an excellent package of fringe benefits. A package that meets the various needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours per week it is possible to increase the number of days of vacation from 29 to 41 days per year (for full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the conditions of employment, please refer to the webpage: working at the KNAW.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued of great importance. A work environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture where we embrace differences. We invite candidates who want to contribute to this with their background and experience. In case of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who strengthens the diversity within the KNAW in this way.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.


Huygens institute

About the Huygens Institute
The Huygens Institute aims to enrich, broaden, renew and make widely accessible research on Dutch history and culture. We do this by digitally unlocking, connecting and analyzing historical and literary data and texts from various collections and sources in innovative ways - across the centuries and beyond the borders of Europe.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • max. €5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 2140


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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