postdoctoral researcher #1 MAKEBELIEF -Meertens Amsterdam

postdoctoral researcher #1 MAKEBELIEF -Meertens Amsterdam

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Job description

Locatie: Amsterdam Amsterdam
Max uren per week: 27,00
Max salaris: 5.929
Duur overeenkomst: 36 maanden
Solliciteer t/m: 01-07-2024

The ERC project MAKEBELIEF: The Religious Politics of Theme Parks investigates how in the 21st century, immersive media are mobilized to ‘imagineer’ religion, heritage and national identity. In order to do so, the project provides a comparative analysis of religious theme parks in the Netherlands, China, Turkey and the United States. The Meertens Institute offers a position within this project for a

Postdoctoral Reseacher (0.7 fte, three years)

What you will be doing
You will work as postdoctoral researcher in an interdisciplinary team of researchers. Your research will focus on the use of immersive media to imagineer religion, heritage and national identity in Turkey. You will engage in sustained ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey as well as particpate in collaborative research endeavours with other team members. You will be able to co-supervise PhD students and assist in management tasks in the project.

What we are offering
You will be working the Meertens Institute, a research institute of the Humanities Cluster of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Meertens Institute studies how collective identities are constructed, and how these processes are shaped through embodiment and cognition. In both societal and academic debates on these topics the Meertens Institute aims to play a leading role.

During the project you will be able to further develop your research interests and receive further training in working in interdisciplinary research teams. You will consolidate your expertise in contemporary challenges involving religion, heritage and polarisation as well as the importance of media.

Application procedure
Please submit a CV, cover letter that includes a motivation on why you want to work on this project and a 1-page research statement in which you outline how you foresee your contribution to the project, both in terms of our own research as well as how your research and expertise would contribute to the project in its entirety.

Your workplace
Our offices are located in a historical building in downtown Amsterdam. Researchers work together in projects and a shared office space and can choose to work part of their time at home.

For more information
Please contact: Dr. Ernst van den Hemel, principal investigator of MAKEBELIEF and senior researcher at the Meertens Institute / NL Lab.

Over Meertens
Het Meertens Instituut is een onderzoeksinstituut van de KNAW. Dit instituut houdt zich bezig met de bestudering en documentatie van Nederlandse taal en cultuur. Centraal staan de verschijnselen die het alledaagse leven in onze samenleving vormgeven. De collecties van het Meertens Instituut vormen een belangrijk onderdeel van de nationale geesteswetenschappelijke infrastructuur.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


What you will be contributing
  • You will participate in a research team that engages in ethnographic fieldwork in theme parks across the globe;
  • You will do research within the scope of the project MAKEBELIEF, focussing on religion, heritage and national identity and the use of immersive media in Turkey. One of the case studies mentioned in the proposal is the miniature park Miniatürk in Istanbul, but you are invited to add case studies or sites to your research;
  • You have a PhD in Religious Studies, Anthropology, Media Studies, Cultural Studies or another relevant discipline;
  • You have a working proficiency of English and preferably Turkish;
  • The project is based in Amsterdam, at the start and during the full length of the contract you reside in The Netherlands.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 36 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.

Applying for a VOG may be part of the hiring procedure.

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.



About Meertens
The Meertens Institute is a research institute of the KNAW. This institute is engaged in the study and documentation of Dutch language and culture. Central are the phenomena that shape everyday life in our society. The collections of the Meertens Institute are an important part of the national humanities infrastructure.


  • Postdoc
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 27 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 2173


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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