Postdoctoral Researcher Information Science / Computer Science

Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity

Publication date
7 May 2018
Level of education
PhD
Salary indication
€3,238 to €3,722 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Closing date
10 June 2018
Hours
19 hours per week
Vacancy number
18-257

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. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates who wish to conduct research on the development of a generic, multidimensional Virtual Research Environment for research in the digital humanities, cultural heritage, creative industries and beyond.

The project 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’.

Project description

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).

Tasks 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 Archaeology' and 'Junior Researcher Architectural History / Urban History'.

Requirements

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.

Further information

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Appointment

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.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Your application should include:

1. a full academic CV

2. other requested documents in one PDF file (not zipped), consisting of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • at least one letter of recommendation;
  • demos of earlier work (if available);
  • a copy of your diploma.

You may send your application as attachment  via the link below before 11 June 2018.

We will interview shortlisted candidates in the week of 9 to 13 July 2018.

No agencies please

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