Postdoctoral Researcher GIS – Urban Archaeology of the Low Countries, 1200-1500

Project description

The postdoctoral researcher’s main project entails the collection of diverse data on preventative and curative health programs and indicators for their material impact in several Netherlandish cities, culminating in the construction of a health map concerning one of these cities. A health map is an innovative methodology developed by the existing team that seeks to bring together in a digital environment different disciplines and types of historical evidence on pre-industrial urban wellbeing. It is intended to facilitate research and exchange among scholars working on modern, pre-modern, and global contexts. Currently, much work has been done for Italy (and Bologna in particular), which will serve as the main point of reference and comparison between these two highly urbanized regions.

With regard to the Low Countries, data available for the health map of Ghent are in the most advanced stage and can be further developed in close cooperation with several team members, social-urban and medical-cultural by training. Sources attesting a wide range of facilities, policies, practices and material adjustments that impacted the health and wellbeing of the urban community can be mapped and then compared/juxtaposed with other information, such as demographic and socio-economic geographic data, including but not limited to the water systems, artisanal production sites, schools, churches and the presence of animals.


Eligible applicants must have:

  • a completed PhD in medieval or urban archaeology by the time of the appointment;
  • proven significant experience working in a GIS environment;
  • research experience in Netherlandish archaeological sites and familiarity with working in local archives;
  • a research and publication record commensurate with their career stage;
  • a thorough command of (Middle) Dutch, excellent English and a working knowledge of Latin and languages pertinent to the field’s professional literature;
  • theoretical background in urban studies and material culture;
  • a strong creative and cooperative attitude and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • strong organizational skills;

The specialist knowledge of premodern medical history (theory, policy and practice) is an advantage.

Further information

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The postdoctoral researcher will be appointed for 22,8 hours per week (0,6 fte) for a maximum period of 21 months at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities. The research will be carried out under the aegis of ASH. The appointment is initially for a period of 6 months; contingent on satisfactory performance it will be extended by a maximum of 15 months.

The intended starting date of the contract is 1 January 2020. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range from €3,389 to €4,018 depending on experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Only qualified applicants, as detailed under requirements, should apply.

Applications should include the following information, in one pdf-file (not zipped):

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a full academic CV, including a list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of two referees who may be approached by the selection committee;
  • an original article/chapter-length text (up to 10,000 words) relating directly to the research field.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview by the end of October 2019. Interviews are expected to be held on 13 November 2019.

No agencies, please!

You can see the original announcement and apply here.

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